Northam vetoes bills requiring cooperation with federal immigration authorities

Senate Bill 1156 would have prohibited local laws from being passed that restricted officials from working with federal immigration authorities.

Supreme Court to hear Virginia’s racial gerrymandering claim

For $525, you can have a Bible possibly signed by Donald Trump

What the Green New Deal could mean for VA businesses and you

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an unlikely fitness role model

Kentucky House votes to put ‘In God We Trust’ in schools

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

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Northam’s medical school wins diversity award amid racist photo scandal

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Two very different Virginia congressmen will be key players in climate fight

Northam vetoes ‘de facto’ nonresident concealed carry bill

  Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

Groups urge governor to veto budget language they say will ‘eviscerate’ contraception program

  Counter-protesters outnumber Westboro Baptist Church group

The group is speaking out against House Del. Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person elected to the General Assembly, calling her a “treasonous enemy of God."

  Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.

State to create ID cards without pictures for Amish, Mennonite communities

Legislation passed the General Assembly as communities agreed to pay a higher fee for the cards, which the DMV estimates will entirely cover the $275,000 cost of producing them.

State regulators have little power to stop trains from blocking crossings

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

Northam signs bill banning all tobacco products at school

Republican in key Virginia Senate seat announces retirement

Virginia looks more like it has a full-blown medical marijuana program

  Stoney proposes increased real estate, cigarette tax and utility hikes; budget would up funds for schools, roads, public housing

Detained freelance journalist released from Venezuelan custody

A freelance journalist with Virginia ties who was working in Venezuela has been released by Venezuelan authorities, according to CNN.

Virginia city council video replaced with anti-abortion film

Charlottesville spokesman Brian Wheeler blamed a technical glitch.

Hinckley says he’s happy ‘as a clam’ but lacks close friends

John Hinckley shot and wounded Reagan and three others outside a Washington hotel in 1981.

Virginia AG says he wants to repair harm from blackface

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he’s focused on repairing the damage he caused by recently revealing he wore blackface in college, but he hasn’t ruled out a future run for governor.

Longtime Republican state lawmakers announce retirements

Del. Steve Landes and Sen. Bill Carrico both announced Tuesday they were not planning to seek re-election later this year.

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Dismantling parts of the long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps North Korea took last year amid diplomatic talks with the United States and South Korea.

  Virginia joins list of states calling on federal law to restrict robocalls

West Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. have joined Virginia in calling for this federal law.

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

President Donald Trump tried to pressure top aides to approve a security clearance for his daughter Ivanka Trump, according to a CNN report.

Republicans offer $1K reward for Herring blackface picture

Herring previously admitted to wearing blackface while in college to imitate rapper Kurtis Blow.

Virginians could pay less for diapers, tampons next year

A bill is on the governor's desk that reduces the sales tax on personal hygiene products.

Gold Star father who criticized Trump to speak in Richmond

Khizr Khan captured attention after offering to lend Donald Trump his pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

Trump club in Virginia accused of illegally cutting trees, dumping into river

The golf club faced criticism in 2010 after it cleared hundreds of trees to improve members’ view of the river.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  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.

Mark Herring makes first public appearance since blackface admission

Mark Herring was a guest at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Leesburg for an interfaith event addressing race relations and racial injustices,

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump

Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.

Mike Pence will deliver 2019 commencement address at Liberty University

Mike Pence is the second member of the Trump administration to give the commencement address at the Lynchburg school.

General Assembly expands revenge porn law to include fake nudes

Revenge porn laws now exist in 41 states and Washington, DC, but this addition is “one of the first of its kind in the country.”

  Criticism grows after Pam Northam accused of handing out cotton

Another controversy coming out of the Virginia State Capitol- but this time it’s First Lady Pam Northam under fire. A Page for the Virginia Assembly is accusing her of being racially insensitive, during a tour of the Governor’s Mansion.

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

  Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

Safe driving advocates lament defeat of ‘Hands-Free’ legislation

Traffic safety advocates are upset by the surprise defeat of legislation that would have prohibited motorists in Virginia from holding their cellphones while driving.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

With a mental health system in crisis, lawmakers inch toward stabilization

On Tuesday, eight of the state’s 10 psychiatric facilities were operating at 95 percent capacity or above, according to data from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Roanoke College poll: Virginians say leaders should remain in office

Despite calls for the state’s top-elected leaders to resign, a new oll indicates that more Virginians think Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring should remain in office.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

Man charged for threatening Sen. Mark Warner

A Virginia Beach man is in custody after threatening to shoot and punch Virginia Senator Mark Warner.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

Three words that killed hand-free driving bill in Virginia

Under the compromise agreed to by the small group, drivers would still be able to hold a phone to their ear to carry on a phone call, a concession to skeptics.

  New happy hour regulations signed into law

Businesses will be granted more freedom in advertising drink specials.

Senate passes bill allowing guns in church, fails in house

While most people go to church to worship, security expert Chernoh Wurie goes to worship and protect. He leads security at Hill City Church in the Richmond area.

Redistricting reform in Virginia clears first major hurdle

The constitutional amendment has to pass the General Assembly again next year and then be approved by voters in a statewide referendum before going into effect.

Virginia lawmakers OK bills to expand access to CBD, THC-A oils

In the final weeks of its 2019 session, the General Assembly passed three bills that would help people using cannabis-derived medications.

Hands-free driving bill fails in General Assembly’s final hours

The bill was defeated after an amendment would have allowed people to talk on a phone to their ear, but not text or look at data.

Bill with tougher penalties for DUIs passes General Assembly

House Bill 1941 would add a Class 6 felony charge for anyone who drives under the influence and causes serious bodily injuries to other drivers or pedestrians.

  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.

Virginia’s Fairfax compares himself to lynching victims

Fairfax has been accused by two women of sexual assault. Both of the alleged victims are African American.

Democratic delegate tells ‘rape apologists’ to ‘eat s***’

Republicans “went nuclear” Friday, as one Democratic delegate put it, announcing that they’ll hold legislative hearings on sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax with or without support from their colleagues across the aisle.

Virginia lawmakers adjourn scandal-marked 2019 session

Virginia lawmakers have wrapped up this year’s scandal-marked legislative session.

Protesters continue to call for Governor Northam’s resignation

The call for Governor Northam to step down hasn’t faded.

Bill introduced to protect historic African American burial grounds

Congressman Donald McEachin held a press conference Saturday at the Black History Museum to introduce new legislation called the African American Burial Grounds Network Act.

Virginia lawmakers back redistricting commission

Virginia lawmakers have approved a sweeping overhaul of how legislative and congressional maps are drawn, despite strong objections from some black legislators.

Lawmakers unveil compromise budget plan

Virginia lawmakers are unveiling a budget plan that gives increased raises to state workers and public school teachers, freezes tuition increases at state universities and pads Virginia’s rainy day accounts.

Mueller: Manafort ‘brazenly violated the law’ for years

Citing Paul Manafort's lies to the FBI, several government agencies and his own lawyer, prosecutors said that "upon release from jail, Manafort presents a grave risk of recidivism."

Kids Rule: House of Delegates page program holds annual mock debate

One smartly dressed young man proposed raising taxes to create a relief fund for counties with high unemployment.

Hundreds expected for march urging Northam to resign

Buses will shuttle in people from all over Virginia for the “March on the Mansion,” organized by the Douglass Leadership Institute and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

  Fairfax, accusers to be invited to testify at House committee hearing

Two women - Meredith Watson and Dr. Vanessa Tyson - have said in statements that their clients are ready and willing to testify under oath against Fairfax.

Motorized scooter bill rides to governor’s desk

Under the new bill, the devices can travel at a speed up to 20 mph and weigh no more than 100 pounds.

Legislators expand funding to restore African-American cemeteries

Many of the graves are overgrown with weeds, their graves unmarked, sunken and fading away.

  House leaders spar over investigating Fairfax sexual assault allegations

A battle in the House of Delegates is becoming heated over whether the General Assembly should investigate sexual assault allegations against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.

Efforts to ratify ERA fail on tie vote in House

More than two dozen advocates spent Wednesday night enduring freezing temperatures outside the Capitol building for an “equality vigil” organized by VAratifyERA.