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Over 320,000 Virginians receive COVID-19 vaccine | More than 39K fully vaccinated

So far, more than 320,000 Virginia residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health.

Groups that oppose legalizing marijuana speak out

Teacher on leave after video circulates defending mob march

UVA Student writes thousands of letters to servicemen and women overseas

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UVA adds five names to Memorial To Enslaved Laborers

Gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe calls for General Assembly to ban sale of assault weapons

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Dominion Energy rolls out more electric school buses

Senate lawmakers strip Chase of her last committee assignment

FEMA denies Gov. Northam’s request for funding after Capitol insurrection

Virginia bill would end civil commitment of sex offenders

Senate subcommittee to take up marijuana measure

VDH launches dashboard for outbreaks in colleges, universities in Virginia

Senior Alert canceled for missing man with cognitive impairment

A Senior Alert has been canceled after a missing man with a cognitive impairment has been safely located.

Bill to add ‘cultural competency’ training for Virginia teachers moves forward

The legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, and would require the Virginia Board of Education to develop minimum standards for cultural competency training by Dec. 31, 2021.

Legislation to abolish death penalty advances in Virginia Senate

Law enforcement groups and their supporters testified against the repeal, including the Virginia State Police Association and family members of officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Save the date! State Fair of Virginia coming in 2021

The state fair will be held from Sept. 24 through Oct. 3.

  AMBER Alert canceled for abducted 5-year-old

  Health officials warn coronavirus spreading faster through community spread

Interstate, bridge closures announced ahead of inauguration

Governor Northam gives remarks at virtual MLK Day event

Senate gathers on ‘Lobby Day’ under heightened security

Boy dead after being hit by cars on Virginia highway

Virginia’s gun reform advocates go virtual for Lobby Day 2021

While a caravan of pro-gun lobbyists made its way through Richmond for Lobby Day 2021, proponents of stricter gun laws were holding the 29th Annual Virginia Vigil & Advocacy Day to Prevent Gun Violence on Zoom.

2 dogs die in fire after saving man

Dinwiddie Fire and EMS were called just before 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 18 to a house fire in the 12000 block of Old Stage Road.

Deputies arrest man suspected of robbing bank

Deputies were called just before 10 a.m. on Jan. 15 to the Atlantic Union Bank along Main Street in Bowling Green for the report of a robbery.

  2nd Amendment supporters from all over Virginia come to Richmond for Lobby Day

Whether they were on wheels or on foot, plenty of people showed up for a Second Amendment rally in downtown Richmond.

Sheriff’s Office warns Amelia residents of ‘unsettling letters’

The Amelia County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of ‘unsettling propaganda’ being found in the village area.

Proposal to end for-profit prison management fails in Virginia Senate

The company has been fined at least $700,000 by the Virginia Department of Corrections since 2018 for failing to maintain contractually agreed upon staffing levels, according to department records.

Bipartisan coalition looks to reform Virginia’s system of electric utility regulation

More than a dozen legislators, largely from the House of Delegates but drawing on both sides of the aisle, are behind the push, which builds on a smaller handful of proposals put before the General Assembly in 2020.

Virginia State Police graduates 44 new troopers

More than 40 men and women will go on to become part of the Virginia State Police force after a virtual ceremony on Friday.

Reminder: DMV is closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All of the Virginia DMV’s full-service centers will be closed in observance of state holidays.

  Police: Va. man arrested in D.C. with unauthorized credential, 500+ rounds of ammo

A Virginia man who showed police an unauthorized inauguration credential at a checkpoint in Washington, D.C. was arrested after a gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in his vehicle, NBC4 reports.

  Amtrak halting Va. routes ahead of Presidential Inauguration

Amtrak Northeast Regional trains will not operate south of Washington, D.C. next week leading up to the Presidential Inauguration.

  Businesses, police by Virginia State Capitol prepare for potential weekend threats

Capitol Police deal with a bomb threat, as businesses continue boarding up windows.

Officials stress importance of flu vaccine even with low flu rates

COVID-19 safety measures, like social distancing and masks, are not only helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but also the flu.

Bob Good’s district director, 5th District GOP Committee chairman in Capitol attendance

The district director of Rep. Bob Good (VA-5) was at the Capitol complex during last week’s riot in Washington D.C.

  Navigating the VDH website for information on COVID-19

Finding all the correct, viable information about COVID-19 can be confusing even in the best of times.

How you can help name The Virginia Zoo’s new baby giraffe

The female giraffe calf was born on Jan. 11 to mom Imara, and dad, Billy.

Sheriff’s office: Man arrested after stealing car from dealership, leading deputies on chase

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office was called just after 11 a.m. on Jan. 12 to CarNoVa for the report of a stolen vehicle.

Albemarle High School student develops award-winning mental health app

One Albemarle High School sophomore is stepping up to the plate after dealing with her own challenges and seeing others struggle with mental health during the pandemic.

About 2,400 Virginia National Guard members in DC leading up to inauguration

About 2,400 personnel from the Virginia National Guard are on the ground in Washington D.C. to assist local law enforcement leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20.

EXPLAINER: Who is next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia

Starting on Jan. 18, health districts in the Richmond-area will begin vaccinations for those in Phase 1b.

Samantha Clarke disappearance case reclassified as an abduction and homicide investigation

The investigation into Samantha Clarke's 2010 disappearance is now being considered an abduction and homicide investigation by the Town of Orange Police Department.

Former 5th District candidate Dr. Cameron Webb named to White House COVID-19 Response Team

Dr. Cameron Webb has been tapped for a senior role in President-elect Biden’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Searchers for truck driver in Chesapeake Bay will use sonar

The sonar equipment will send out sound waves that echo off objects on the bottom of the bay and bounce back.

  VEC: Renewed CARES Act unemployment benefit programs delayed

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) says there has been a delay in implementing the unemployment benefit programs through the “Continued Assistance to Unemployed Workers Act of 2020”.

Police: Man, woman arrested, charged with drug offenses

Police say a man and a woman have been arrested and charged with drug offenses.

UVA doctors working toward a therapy for patients with a form of heart failure

Heart failure affects roughly 5.7 million Americans and that’s why doctors at the University of Virginia are working on a therapy to improve the quality of life for their patients suffering from this disease.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorses Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor

Pelosi’s campaign committee has contributed $100,000 to McAuliffe for Virginia.

Democrats eye vehicles as the next target for cutting carbon emissions

According to 2017 figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, almost half of Virginia’s carbon emissions — 48 percent — come from transportation.

  VDH releases new guidance on reopening PreK-12 schools

The Virginia Department of Health has released new guidance for divisions to follow when reopening PreK-12 schools.

Piedmont Health District to begin Phase 1b vaccinations Tuesday

Starting on Tuesday, the Piedmont Health District will begin vaccinating residents in Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan.

Commonwealth’s Attorneys show support for bill removing death penalty in Virginia

Wednesday, a bill was introduced in the Virginia General Assembly to abolish the death penalty in the Commonwealth, and this morning, several Commonwealth’s Attorneys met to show their support.

IRS warns of COVID-19 scams related to stimulus payments

The IRS is warning taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the second round of Economic Impact Payments are being distributed.

  State, city leaders discuss next phase of COVID-19 vaccine rollout efforts

Per new federal guidelines, another group of adults will be included in Phase 1b vaccination efforts across the Commonwealth, Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday.

DOJ announces new webpage for U.S. Capitol riot related charges

The Department of Justice announced a new webpage for all of the Capitol-related charges after last week’s riot at the nation’s Capitol.

Rocky Mount officials release statement on police officers charged with federal offenses

Officials with the town of Rocky Mount, Virginia are looking to clarify information about the investigation into two police officers charged with federal offenses stemming from the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

VDH says additional Walgreens locations to offer antigen testing

The Virginia Department of Health announced Thursday additional Walgreens locations will provide Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing at no cost for those who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Virginia Democrats seek to censure Sen. Amanda Chase

Chesterfield state Senator Amanda Chase is facing a possible censure in the Senate following her involvement in last week’s rally-turned-insurrection at the United States Capitol.

Central Virginia man charged for having ‘KILL BIDEN’ sign

The investigation is ongoing, and the FBI and Secret Service are involved.

VCU study: Majority of Virginians say they are ‘likely’ to receive vaccine

According to a study done by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU, more than 7 in 10 Virginians say they are likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Powerball draws $2 million, $100k winners in Virginia

Two Virginia residents have won the $2 million and the $100,000 Powerball prizes.

Pro-Trump Republican picked for Va. redistricting commission tweeted about ‘rigged’ election, used slurs for female celebrities

Screenshots of the tweets were circulated by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which works to advance Democratic interests in redistricting processes throughout the country.

  Gov. Northam delivers State of the Commonwealth address amid COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Ralph Northam has a lot of things to get done in his final year, and the fallout from COVID-19 will dominate a lot of that time but the governor also has his sights on other priorities.

Virginia delegate defends mob march, faces calls for ouster

Loudoun County’s top elected official is calling for the removal of a Virginia state delegate who participated on the mob march on the U.S. Capitol.

Drug dealer convicted in 7 killings could face execution

A federal inmate who could be executed less than a week before President Donald Trump leaves office was a gang member who was sentenced to death for the slayings of seven people in Richmond, Virginia, in 1992.

Sheriff’s office: Man fires at deputies responding to home alarm

The investigation continues.

Va. delegate files legislation to establish school remediation task force

Delegate Tony Wilt (R-Broadway) filed legislation to establish a school remediation task force in Virginia on Wednesday.

  Authorities: Man in ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt at riot arrested

Robert Keith Packer, 56, was one of two Virginia men arrested on federal charges related to their roles in last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, the FBI said.

Federal charges filed against two Virginia police officers

Two Rocky Mount Police Department officers have been charged by federal authorities with misdemeanors stemming from their presence at violent protests in Washington, D.C. January 6, 2021.

VDH provides recommendation on how to quarantine if family member has COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Health says it is safest to quarantine for 14 days if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you were in close contact with someone who did, but that is difficult if you’re living in a house with family or roommates.

  ATF recovers live grenade sold at N.C. thrift store in Horry County, SC

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have recovered a grenade sold at a Shallotte thrift store last year in neighboring Horry County, South Carolina.

Virginia releases Dec. 2020 revenue report

General Fund revenue collections is up 15.1% from the previous year in Virginia, according to the Office of Governor Ralph Northam.

Newport News man wins nearly $1M at Hampton Rosie’s

The winner wanted to remain anonymous but said he plans to buy a new home for his family and a sports car for himself.

Police: 21-year-old man arrested, charged after stealing vehicle, police pursuit

Emmanuel Navarro, 21, of Fredricksburg, was detained without incident, police say.

Feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older in bid to speed rollout

States also are urged to expand the sites being used for vaccinations and will see their allocation of doses change.

More than 170 cases opened in federal probe of U.S. Capitol attack

Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia said some of the crimes prosecutors are charging include anything from trespassing to stealing government property to homicide and aggravated battery.

UPDATE: Amber Alert for abducted Louisa infant canceled

Virginia State Police have canceled an AMBER Alert for an infant who was last seen in Louisa County.

School board member sues police after being pepper-sprayed

She filed the lawsuit Tuesday against the county police officer who arrested her and against county Sheriff Stacey Kincaid.

UVA expands asymptomatic saliva testing to employees on grounds

The University of Virginia took another big step in its on-grounds COVID-19 testing efforts.