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Ben Burstein

Multimedia Journalist

Location icon United States

Multimedia Journalist with experience in both print and broadcast reporting and a passion for story telling. Senior Digital Journalism major at VCU's Robertson School of Media and Culture. Political reporter for VCU's Capital News Service and communications intern for Savvy & Well. Former multimedia journalist for VCU's iPadJournos.

New law would protect students who use CBD and THC-A oils

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation to protect Virginia students who use cannabidiol oil is still making its way through the House after being unanimously passed by the Senate. SB 1632, sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, requires local school boards to implement policies that keep students from being suspended or expelled if they have "valid written certification" to use CBD and THC-A oil.

Clarification: CNS-CBD Dispensaries story

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A VCU Capital News Service story published April 8 by The Associated Press about The Virginia Board of Pharmacy approving five companies to open dispensaries to provide CBD and THC-A oils to approved patients omitted that the permit fee is $60,000.
Senate Republicans denounce Northam's health care vetoes

RICHMOND -- Senate Republicans and Gov. Ralph Northam are at odds over whether four bills passed this legislative session would help provide more affordable health care options to Virginians. The governor said Friday that he vetoed the bills because Virginians would be underinsured and Affordable Care Act protections would be undermined.

Bills to protect landowners in pipeline cases fail

Landowners fighting to keep their property from being taken by pipeline building companies will continue footing the legal bills after two bills failed in the House. Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, said he introduced the bills to give landowners who don't want pipeline construction on their land a fair chance against Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Southern Gas and other companies involved in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Roanoke Star
General Assembly to Consider Legalizing Sports Betting

Virginia would become the ninth state to legalize sports betting under legislation being considered by the General Assembly this session. Lawmakers have introduced three bills to legalize sports betting, license betting operations and tax their revenues. Under the proposals, people would be able to bet only on professional sports; betting on college and youth sports would be prohibited.
Brat or Spanberger: Whom did Chesterfield voters choose?

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. - Voters in Virginia's 7th Congressional District flocked to the polling stations Tuesday morning, creating at times long lines at the doors after they opened at 6 a.m. The closely watched race between Republican incumbent Rep.
Tim Kaine wants a 'Virginia that works for all'

RICHMOND, Va. - With almost a quarter century of political experience in Virginia politics, Sen. Tim Kaine is now running his first re-election campaign as a U.S. senator. Two years after a bitter defeat as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential candidate, Kaine has chosen to run on a platform of unity.
President Trump and Virginia's 7th District race

RICHMOND, Va. - After being solidly in the Republican column for decades, Virginia's 7th District race could be a nail biter on Election Day, according to recent polls. President Donald Trump's popularity could be the deciding factor as to whether Republican Dave Brat holds onto his seat in the House of Representatives or if Democratic challenger Abigail Spanberger can win.

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