Watchdog: Government may have separated many more children from migrant parents

A report from the Health and Human Services inspector general's office finds that family separations were taking place before the spring of last year, when the administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy on the southwest border.

  FeedMore to distribute food to those affected by shutdown

Panel OKs bill to restrict tethering animals

Trump signs law giving back pay to federal workers

Senate panel kills bill designating Election Day as a holiday

Bills seek to curb distracted driving in Virginia

Attorney general nominee Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

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Bill would exempt mentally ill from death penalty

Acting AG Whitaker to testify as Democrats ramp up oversight

Democrats’ Priorities: LGBT Rights, Environment, $15 Minimum Wage

It boils down to money vs. morals’: March to pass bill expanding VA firefighter coverage of cancer

Immigrant advocates bash bill blocking ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Trump’s AG nominee Barr backs Mueller probe, supports border ‘barrier’

Virginia Senate backs Equal Rights Amendment

The legislation still has to clear the House, where its chances for passage are unclear.

Shutdown standoff: Dems rebuff Trump invite, thwarting effort to bypass Pelosi

The administration is trying to peel off Democratic support for Trump's demand for border wall money and negotiate directly with centrist lawmakers and some newly elected freshmen, including those in districts where Trump is popular.

Virginians to receive February SNAP benefits early

VDSS says people who have already been determined eligible for benefit do not have to take any actions - the benefits will automatically be loaded onto their SNAP EBT cards.

Virginia’s Democratic delegation is a sign of a changing state, but will the trend last?

Virginia’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, sworn in last week, is the bluest it’s been since 1995.

  Democrats consider subpoena for interpreter of Trump-Putin meeting

Minimum wage boost, backed by women’s groups, passes committee

Legislators introduce journalist protections

Virginia legislators seek refund for utility customers

Bipartisan lawmakers want referendum on casinos in three cities

Herring chastises panel for rejecting hate crime bill

  As shutdown grinds on, TSA workers struggle

Hundreds of TSA employees at major airports nationwide have called out sick since this shutdown began.

Casino proposal prompts tribes to clash over ancestral lands

The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that the Nansemond tribe objects to the Pamunkey tribe's claim that its ancestral lands stretched as far south as Norfolk.

Trump rejects suggested short-term government shutdown fix

Leaving the White House for a trip to New Orleans, Trump said he had dismissed the proposal from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to reopen for several weeks and continue dealing with Democrats over Trump's long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Instead of getting rid of Virginia’s liquor ratio rule, senators have plans to change it

Virginia’s ratio law has been in place since 1968 and bans bars in the state by requiring 45 percent of a business’s annual sales come from food and the remaining 55 percent from alcohol.

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

Speaking from the South Lawn before departing the White House for New Orleans, Trump called former FBI and Justice Department officials "known scoundrels" and "dirty cops."

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

While plans may change, the announcements are expected to come in waves, the first featuring a group of ambitious Senate Democrats including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who face pressure to join the race.

Medicaid will cost Virginia half a billion dollars more than expected

The shortfall is mostly rooted in the state’s overly optimistic estimate of how much money it would save by putting its most expensive members into a new health plan, called Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus.

Advocates seek more access to medical marijuana

About 150 people, including health care providers and attorneys, attended the Virginia 2019 Cannabis Conference, held by the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

On 2020 presidential bid, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to CNN: ‘I have decided to run’

The Congresswoman has long hinted at a potential White House run.

Federal shutdown also hits Appalachian Trail

There’s around 2000 miles to the Appalachian Trail, winding from Maine to Georgia. And someone has to take care of all that.

Conservative activists urge lawmakers to reject ERA

The Family Foundation and other groups that oppose abortion are urging Virginia legislators to oppose ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

VA lawmakers weigh in on federal government shutdown, border security

Virginia lawmakers are weighing in on the federal government shutdown as workers start to feel the pressure. Our Washington Correspondent Alana Austin reports on what two of Virginia’s new lawmakers are saying.

US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. started "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria."

Amendment to restore felon voting rights dies along party lines

For now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states -- joining only Kentucky and Iowa -- with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.

At border, Trump says ‘we can declare a national emergency’ over wall

The president visited a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security.

Equal Rights Amendment clears first hurdle

A push to make Virginia the final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment passed out of committee in the Senate with enough bi-partisan support to nearly guarantee passage when it hits the floor.

Governor urges lawmakers to find ‘different path forward’ from Washington gridlock

Governor Ralph Northam delivered his State of Commonwealth address Wednesday evening after the 2019 General Assembly session began.

Northam addresses state of the Commonwealth following kick off to 2019 General Assembly

This year’s session lasts 45 days and will end on Feb. 23.

‘It’s frustrating, it’s stressful:’ Federal employees to miss first paycheck Friday in midst of shutdown

TSA officers, along with the 420,000 essential employees impacted by the shutdown, are expected to miss their first paycheck Friday, as the stalemate in Washington continues.

Virginia lawmakers kick off 2019 General Assembly session

State lawmakers are hard at work on the first day of the 2019 General Assembly session.

Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats, says GOP is unified in shutdown showdown

The president also called the meeting a “total waste of time" in a tweet afterward.

Virginia senators push legislation to secure miners’ benefits

Their legislation aims to shore up a 1974 United Mine Workers of America pension plan to ensure that 87,000 current beneficiaries and another 20,000 who have vested won’t lose their pensions.

  National parks, air travel and beer: Shutdown impacts widely felt

The government shutdown may be partial, but it's still painful to those it impacts.

Rod Rosenstein expected to leave DOJ, reports say

Rod Rosenstein is expected to depart the Justice Department once a new Attorney General is sworn in, media reports say.

Bill would legalize marijuana use in Virginia

Del. Steve Heretick from Hampton Roads introduced HB2371 and posted a video to his YouTube account explaining why he supports the measure.

Proposal seeks to toughen Virginia’s Move Over law

Lawmakers returning to the General Assembly Wednesday will have a lot of proposals to review, and one of them aims to toughen Virginia’s Move Over Law.

In address to nation, Trump calls for funding for border security; Democrats accuse him of manufacturing crisis

The president addressed the nation about the ongoing government shutdown from the Oval Office on Tuesday night.

Riggleman donates paycheck to volunteer fire department

Congressman Denver Riggleman, the Republican representing Virginia's Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House, says he will not accept a paycheck during the ongoing government shutdown.

Supreme Court rejects delay request in redistricting case

The order was issued Tuesday, two days ahead of a scheduled lower court hearing in Richmond on proposed new state legislative maps

Virginia board approves compressor station for gas pipeline

The pipeline would carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.

Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

A strained morning of negotiation in Turkey ended without assurances of protection for forces that fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State group, and indeed brought them fresh new threats from Turkey.

Certificate of need: A thorn in Virginia’s side for decades

The certificate is a regulation meant to control the number of medical facilities and services available in designated regions.

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

Natalia Veselnitskaya attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that was described to Trump Jr. as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.

‘Politics sucks’: GOP’s Corey Stewart quits field altogether

The Virginia Republican who lost last year’s U.S. Senate race says he’s leaving politics “until and unless the Commonwealth is ready” for his views.

AP FACT CHECK: White House notion of Mexico as terrorism gateway is false

Despite their portrayal of Mexico as a teeming portal for terrorists, the State Department issued a report in September finding "no credible evidence" to back that assertion up.

Northam pushing to change voter ID, campaign finance laws

Northam proposed a series of election-related legislation Monday that includes repealing the voter ID law and banning all corporate campaign contributions.

Pro-LGBT bills aimed at ending discriminatory practices

When the General Assembly convenes, a years-long push to protect the LGBT community in the Commonwealth will continue.

Former Gov. McDonnell files for divorce

The divorce was filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. McDonnell, a Republican, served as governor from 2010 to 2014.

Trump to address nation, plans border visit as shutdown lurches into 3rd week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure people receive their tax refunds.

Will budget concerns sink eviction diversion program or will lawmakers go further?

An unprecedented study released last year by researchers at Princeton University put Virginia on blast: The state’s cities have among the highest eviction rates in the country.

Taking up tax conformity, policy together could make refunds difficult for Virginians

If lawmakers can’t decide what to do about federal tax changes and an estimated $594 million more coming to the state because of some of those changes, correct state tax refunds could take some time to make it back to taxpayers.

Ginsburg will miss Supreme Court arguments for the 1st time

The 85-year-old Ginsburg is recuperating and will work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

Russia: Too early to consider exchange of US spy suspect

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in Moscow in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could be using him to bargain for a Russian who pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the United States.

No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

With talks stalled, House Democrats plan to start approving individual bills to reopen shuttered departments, starting with the Treasury to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

Republicans outline tax plan ahead of session

Virginia Republicans are outlining a tax plan they say avoids a "hidden" tax hike and is a better deal for lower and middle class taxpayers than Gov. Ralph Northam's recent proposal.

Congresswoman displays transgender pride flag outside office

A newly elected Virginia congresswoman is displaying a transgender pride flag outside her Washington office.

Major VMFA expansion gets boost in Northam’s budget

The VMFA, which opened a major new wing in 2010, estimates the total cost of the project at $125.8 million, $83.9 million which would ultimately come from state funding.

Gov. Northam outlines gun control policy agenda

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is promoting a series of gun-control measures he says promote public safety while still respecting individual gun rights.

Shenandoah National Park affected by shutdown as people enter for free

Shenandoah National Park is able to keep 80 percent of the entry fee, and it uses 55 percent of that to work on deferred maintenance projects.

Government shutdown may delay tax refunds

The IRS is one of the agencies affected by the partial government shutdown that went into effect the Saturday before Christmas. The government is at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s desire for $5 billion to fund a border wall.

Could changes be coming to Virginia’s alcohol laws?

Right now, there are more than a dozen licenses businesses can apply for to be allowed to serve alcohol.

Could ex-Virginia Sen. Jim Webb fit in with the Trump administration?

The political nonconformist — who was President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of the Navy before he spent six years as a Democratic senator — is being considered to replace former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Lawmaker seeks to ban using cell phones while driving

Right now, it’s illegal to text or check your email while driving in Virginia - but it’s not illegal to talk and drive. That is, not yet.

Virginia’s new Congress members take oath as government shutdown continues

It’s a new day on Capitol Hill as newly elected Congress members and Senators took the oath of office.

Spanberger takes office as first woman elected to Virginia’s 7th District

Democrat Abigail Spanberger has been sworn into Congress as the first woman to ever represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Northam proposes coal ash disposal, coastal protection bills

Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed a package of environmental legislation aimed at safely disposing of coal ash, helping coastal communities deal with flooding caused by climate change and continuing the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

‘Hamildrop’ featuring Obama charts on Billboard R&B

The song was released late last month by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

Bills filed affecting elections and campaign finance

Redistricting and other issues related to voting maps are not strictly partisan issues - lawmakers on both sides have agreed something should change but have different ideas on what that change should be.