Tuesday, July 1 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-07-01 18:51:47 GMT
Henry Marsh notified Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday of his plans to retire from the Virginia Senate. Marsh's retirement will be effective Thursday, according to the letter. "I am thankful to theMore >>
Henry Marsh notified Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday of his plans to retire from the Virginia Senate.More >>
Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Virginia) vetoed SB 236 a bill passed largely along party lines in the state legislature that would've codified the right for students in public schools to organize prayer groups on school grounds and display religious clothing, jewelry etc. during the school day. More >>
Friday, February 28 2014 12:58 PM EST2014-02-28 17:58:54 GMT
Virginia lawmakers took a break from their work at the General Assembly to honor the family of a State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty last month. The House of Delegates reconvened WednesdayMore >>
Virginia lawmakers took a break from their work at the General Assembly to honor a State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty last month.More >>
Tuesday, January 28 2014 12:51 PM EST2014-01-28 17:51:59 GMT
An Oklahoma senator has proposed a bill to protect law enforcement personnel during traffic stops by allowing officers to issue electronic citations for traffic, misdemeanor and municipal ordinance violations. SenatorMore >>
An Oklahoma senator has proposed a bill to protect law enforcement personnel during traffic stops by allowing officers to issue electronic citations for traffic, misdemeanor and municipal ordinance violations.More >>
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency across Virginia Tuesday in advance of a snowstorm expected to blanket parts of the state in the next 24 to 48 hours.
The declaration allows state agencies to help local governments respond to the storm and get resources in place for a faster response, if needed.
"Now is the time for Virginia to get ready for this storm," said Governor McAuliffe. "This state of emergency declaration will empower the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard, and our electric and cable utilities to prepare for a storm that is predicted to create power outages and significant travel challenges across the Commonwealth over the next few days.
"Just as state government is preparing for this storm, I urge every Virginian to take proper preparations. Prepare to limit unnecessary travel during the storm, have emergency supplies on hand and be ready in the event that power in your area goes out."
The governor's office has added extra staffing to the state Emergency Operations Center and state agencies are now coordinating with the National Weather Service and local governments.
VDOT is already treating roads in some parts of the Commonwealth, and crews will be out in full force for snow removal as the storm arrives, officials said.
Up to 300 Virginia National Guardsman may be called to active duty to support emergency response operations. Virginia State Police will also ask troopers to work extra hours of shifts to help motorists.
Citizens should also be prepared to have at least 72 hours of emergency supplies, including a gallon of water per person per day and food that does not require electricity to prepare it.
The state also said to have a battery powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries for emergency information.
It also said to have emergency supplies in your vehicle, including water, food, blankets, flashlight and extra batteries at a minimum.
Thursday, August 28 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:16:44 GMT
A tractor trailer is stuck under an overpass near the Regency Square Mall. This is at the Quioccasin Road overpass near the Macy's side of the mall. Henrico County will be inspecting the bridge for damage. NoMore >>
A tractor trailer was stuck under an overpass near the Regency Square Mall on Thursday morning. More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 8:21 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:21:40 GMT
Members of the Massachusetts Air National Guard left for the site of an F-15 crash late Wednesday, hours after witnesses reported seeing a parachute deploy in the air. The eyewitness accounts of a pilotMore >>
Members of the Massachusetts Air National Guard left for the site of an F-15 crash late Wednesday, hours after witnesses reported seeing a parachute deploy in the air.More >>