House Democrats’ measure blocking Trump emergency declaration coming Friday

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border.

Virginians to face harsher punishment for animal abuse

Woman arrested on indecent exposure charge during ERA rally to be released on bond

Why is a racist minstrel tune still recognized in Virginia code as the ‘state song emeritus?’

Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

Lawmakers OK allowing speed cameras in work zones

Giant sword-wielding Trump statue paraded through Italian town

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Al Gore meets with residents fighting gas pipeline station

House Speaker calls for ‘legislative forum’ into Fairfax allegations

Robert E. Lee statue vandalized in Charlottesville

Northam hires agency director removed by Virginia lawmakers

Inside the social media fight on proposed I-81 tolls

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

Vehicle safety inspection fee likely to go up in Virginia

The General Assembly has given preliminary approval to legislation that will raise the price of a yearly car inspection from $16 to $20.

VCU to hold public discussion about blackface

The event will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the University Student Commons Theater at 907 Floyd Avenue.

91-year-old veteran among Excellence in Virginia Government honorees

The Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU announced seven recipients who will be honored April 11.

Second Fairfax accuser pens op-ed for Washington Post

One of the two women accusing Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault has agreed to meet with a Boston area prosecutor. Lt. Governor Fairfax says he welcomes the investigation.

Red dye poured into Capitol fountain; 3 cited

Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

Lawmakers OK bill on religious leaders reporting child abuse

‘A Virginia conversation’: Lawmaker proposes overhaul to state’s health care market

In memoriam at the General Assembly: Family life education; 'speculative natural gas pipelines’; housing discrimination protections

Couple pushes for bill to increase drunk driving penalties after near-death experience

  Timeline of turmoil: How Virginia’s ongoing political scandals developed

A minute-by-minute timeline of the political controversies that have put the commonwealth in the national spotlight.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges.

ICE cooperation bills progress through Virginia legislature

Two bills that would increase cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities are advancing through the Virginia General Assembly.

Virginia lawmakers send coal ash bill to governor

Virginia lawmakers have approved legislation to require the state's largest electric utility to excavate and clean up unlined coal ash pits.

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey.

Bills to address housing, eviction issues approved

Three bills on those issues have passed both chambers and have been sent to Gov. Ralph Northam to be signed into law. Several other measures have passed one chamber and are awaiting a floor vote in the other.

Law would protect elderly against financial crimes

With bipartisan support, legislation headed toward approval in the General Assembly may help protect elderly residents and other vulnerable adults against financial exploitation by giving financial institutions more tools to help prevent this crime.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Northam signs tax bill, tax return processing to begin

Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday signed legislation that allows the Virginia Department of Taxation to begin processing individual income tax returns.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

A lower court blocked the Trump administration from adding the question to the 2020 Census.

Virginia lawmakers continue to explore options for improving I-81

Data collected by the Virginia Department of Transportation shows about 2,000 crashes happen along Interstate 81 every year.

Second Fairfax accuser is intensely private single mother

A review of court records by The Associated Press also suggests Meredith Watson had a sometimes-turbulent personal life that includes financial disputes and accusations of stalking from an ex-boyfriend.

Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

New law would protect students who use CBD, THC-A oil

Legislation to protect Virginia students who use cannabidiol oil is still making its way through the House after being unanimously passed by the Senate.

Sub-committee system kills LGBT protections, driver’s license suspension reform and, maybe, the ERA

"The inequities, the lack of due process, the lack of transparency and fairness, I believe, are apparent,” said Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County.

Spanberger aims to prevent future government shutdowns with Stop STUPIDITY Act

The bill would automatically renew government funding from the previous year for all federal departments except the legislative branch and the executive office of the president.

ERA proponents arrested after ‘die in’ at Capitol

The women said there were holding a “Valentine’s Day die in” because the Republican-controlled House of Delegates has killed legislation to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with the Saudi-led coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

‘Northam needs to resign’: Protesters gather outside Governor’s Mansion

Calls for Governor Ralph Northam to resign continued Wednesday evening.

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

Legislation to protect Virginia students who use cannabidiol oil is still making its way through the House after being unanimously passed by the Senate.

Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

’This goes way beyond placards’: Monument Avenue exhibit re-imagines Confederate stretch

Monument Avenue is now the focus of a new exhibit at the Valentine Museum, dedicated to completely reimagining one of Richmond's most recognizable stretches, showcasing African American contribution and sacrifice in Virginia.

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe.

Fairfax accuser to meet with prosecutor; Civil Rights leaders, activists call on ‘due process’

A woman has accused Justin Fairfax of sexual assault at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was dogged by questions over his use of government vehicles.

Senators introduce bill to help tackle student loan debt

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to help Americans tackle student loan debt.

Advocates call in former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to push for Virginia redistricting reform

The former California governor was one of the first in the country to implement major redistricting reform.

Digital Dialogue: A conversation about race, politics in Virginia

Wednesday at 11 a.m., NBC12 is hosting a digital dialogue on issues surrounding race in Virginia, including the blackface photos that triggered the crisis at the capitol.

‘Ralph Must Resign’ protest set to take place at governor’s mansion

The momentum to force Governor Ralph Northam to resign continues to grow.

New law seeks to treat pets more humanely

The Democratic senator from Chesapeake said those memories prompted his bill to regulate the tethering of animals and improve their shelter conditions. SB 1025 passed the Senate, 29-11.

Music therapy remains an uncertified medical practice in Virginia

Patients who rely on music therapy to overcome trauma may remain susceptible to receiving unqualified care after a House subcommittee watered down a bill by Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel.

VUU reacts to becoming Gov. Northam’s first stop on ‘reconciliation tour’

The “Faith, Identity and Social Justice” event is set for next Thursday, at VUU’s Allix B. James Chapel in Coburn Hall, at 11 a.m. Both students an

Bill passes to provide additional $110 Virginia tax refund

The House of Delegates and Virginia Senate are sending identical bills to the governor that will provide $420 million in tax rebates.

Virginia expresses ‘profound regret for history of lynchings

More than 80 people in Virginia — mostly African-American men — were killed by mobs in the decades after the Civil War.

Historian sheds light on Northam’s ‘indentured servant’ comments

Controversy continues for Virginia’s governor following his comments “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning.

City Council votes to rename Boulevard after Arthur Ashe

Over the years, businesses hadn’t been in favor of a change, fearing confusion and the cost of changing signs, menus, stationery and websites.

Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

Fairfax’s possible impeachment paused as lawmakers examine options

An effort to impeach Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax is on hold, but not dead. Since the General Assembly has never impeached an elected official in modern times, lawmakers find themselves in unchartered waters.

  ‘We need to help him grow, learn’: Groups support Northam staying governor

A group of black clergy and community leaders is asking for a moratorium on the widespread calls for Virginia’s governor to resign.

2 of Lt. Gov. Fairfax’s staffers resign in wake of sexual assault scandal

The two women accusing Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting them both say they’re willing to testify at impeachment hearings, while Fairfax has called for the FBI to investigate the claims.

Historians challenge Northam’s ‘indentured servants’ remark

Historians say they were “shocked” and “mystified” when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wrongly used the term “indentured servants” Sunday in reference to the first Africans to arrive in English North America 400 years ago.

Second state board agrees to ban conversion therapy

Both boards have decided to issue guidance documents because they typically become effective faster, whereas changing regulations can take 18 to 24 months.

Poll: Virginians split on whether or not Northam should resign

The Post-Schar School poll shows that 47 percent of people want Northam to step down, while 47 percent of the people say he should stay on.

Delegate who threatened Fairfax impeachment: ‘Additional conversation’ needed

A law firm representing Meredith Watson released a statement Friday afternoon saying she was attacked in a “premeditated and aggressive” manner by Fairfax.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016

Senate OKs bill requiring daycare facilities to test water for lead

Over 5,000 child care facilities around the state must start testing their drinking water for lead or use bottled water under a bill approved by the Virginia Senate.

Advocates still pushing for Virginia to ratify ERA

You would never know from the gathering of more than 50 ERA advocates this week that resolutions to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment died in a House of Delegates committee last month.

Virginia lawmakers pass bill allowing happy hour ads

Virginia bar patrons might soon see a slew of new advertisements from their favorite hangouts — ads that include prices for happy hour specials.

‘Virginia in crisis’: Residents react to cascading controversy

Voters say the controversies surrounding Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fiarfax and Attorney General Mark Herrring are taking a toll on the commonwealth.

‘Love is going to win the day': Sen. urges Virginia to move forward

“My message to Virginians is don’t forget who we are,” Senator Rosalyn Dance said. “We’re not losers. We do love people. And love is going to win the day for us in the end.”

Could you use $110? Virginia Tax Plan allows refunds to be processed, and sets up an additional one

State leaders reached an agreement to allow the state to start processing tax returns and refunds, but it would also return nearly a billion dollars to taxpayer pockets.

Report: Gov. Northam tells top staff he will not resign

The Associated Press reported Friday that a top Virginia official said Gov. Ralph Northam will not resign over the racist yearbook photo.

Rapper Kurtis Blow on VA controversies: ‘Come together, focus on commonalities’

“We are in trying times as a country, and I ask that we come together and focus on our commonalities and not our differences,” Blow stated. “Love is the answer. Love defeats hate. Love conquers all.”

‘The Rock’ for governor? Virginia’s been his home ‘for years’

Amid controversy at the State Capitol in the past week, one Twitter user pondered whether or not Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could become the Commonwealth’s governor.

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

‘Virginia is for losers’: Business experts say scandal-inspired slogan is bad for Virginia economy

If you thought week's intense controversy at the Capitol was bad for Virginia's branding, a new scandal-inspired slogan won't make it any better.

Victim advocate says supporting Fairfax accuser doesn’t mean assuming guilt

Timika Cousins advocates against sexual assault through her nonprofit. She says supporting the alleged victim doesn't mean rushing to judgement.