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Brandon Celentano


I'm a graduated print-online journalism major and sociology minor who attended the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. I have been a contributing writer for the Commonwealth Times. Also, I've reported for Capital News Service which has published my work on such sites as USA Today, The Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, and The Miami Herald.



Activists oppose drilling off Virginia's coast

Brandon Celentano, Capital News Service - RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - About 75 people, including activists and lawmakers, rallied Wednesday against the Trump administration's plan to allow drilling off Virginia's coast, saying it would endanger the environment, the economy and military readiness. The group held a press conference before the U.S.

Young lawmakers form group to address millennials' concerns

Print this page By Brandon Celentano, Capital News Service A bipartisan, nationwide organization seeking to involve young people in politics has established a chapter in Virginia, focusing on such issues as student debt relief and government transparency, officials said Wednesday.

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Pipeline activists attend Northam inauguration

RICHMOND - About 25 environmental activists demonstrated at Gov. Ralph Northam's inauguration Saturday to protest his refusal to oppose two natural gas pipelines that energy companies want to build across Virginia. The demonstrators unveiled a banner saying "our water > pipelines" and waved other signs as they chanted "water is life" through megaphones.
Women's Equality Coalition releases legislative agenda

RICHMOND, Va. - The Women's Equality Coalition is supporting a legislative agenda focusing on issues ranging from Medicaid expansion and birth control to redistricting and no-excuse absentee voting. Coalition representatives from Progress Virginia, Community Mobilization for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and their supporters called on lawmakers to advance rights and programs for women and families.

Dem delegates promote criminal justice reform initiatives

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic members of the Virginia House called on their colleagues Thursday to raise the threshold for grand larceny and allow more professionals to administer medication to someone who has overdosed on drugs. The legislators discussed proposals to reform the criminal justice system and address the opioid crisis at a news conference Thursday.

Construction may start soon on monument honoring women | The Henrico Citizen

Construction likely will begin this summer on the state Capitol grounds for a monument honoring Virginia women. The executive committee of the Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission was briefed Wednesday on the timetable for the project, which will feature bronze statues of a dozen historically significant women of various races and backgrounds.

Delegates tout bills to improve Virginia prison workers' jobs

Correctional officers from across Virginia watched Tuesday as a state lawmaker urged support for legislation aimed at reducing turnover among prison guards and making it easier for them to get workers' compensation. "I think currently we have a tremendous injustice going on," said Del. John Bell, D-Loudoun.

Time to go green -- St. Patrick's Day is Saturday

Although people of all ancestries celebrate the holiday, about one in 10 Virginians claim Irish heritage, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. . News, weather, sports, headlines for Central Virginia and beyond.

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