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Virginia’s 7-day coronavirus testing rate under 5% for second consecutive day

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 146,144 total positive coronavirus tests throughout the state Sunday - a 736 case increase in the last 24 hours.

Hundreds turn out for “God, Guns and a Good Time” rally in Fluvanna Co.

Virginia early voting nears 200,000 in first week

Body of missing Halifax County woman found Saturday

Virginia lawmakers weigh a $500 bonus for cops, expanded eviction protections and a lifeline for struggling schools

Corps reinstates permits for natural gas pipeline project

  Sheriff’s office replaces stolen medals of Virginia veteran

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Despite pandemic, some Virginia registrars report surge of poll workers

  President Trump holds re-election rally in Virginia

JMU prepares for students’ return to class on Oct. 5

Senior Alert issued for missing woman with cognitive impairment

Hopes for COVID-19 workers’ comp expansion ends in Senate committee

Felonies for chokeholds? Civilian review everywhere? Virginia Democrats divided on details of police reform

Red Cross volunteer from Virginia assists in western wildfires

They help in the aftermath of fires and flooding across our hometowns, but now Red Cross volunteers from Virginia are on the ground in western states ravaged by wildfires.

Washington and Lee Special Collections welcomes home a valuable book

Under a tent put up for socially distanced classes, some rare books, normally closely kept in a temperature-controlled vault, were brought out just for us.

Natural Bridge State Park gets new LOVE sculpture

Natural Bridge State Park has added a new feature for visitors.

Wineries say 2020 harvest is far different than years past

Fall is officially here, and wineries are beginning to harvest their product, but that process looks very different in 2020 thanks to COVID-19.

Virginia lawmakers unveil new budget plans amid pandemic

Police identify man killed in Richmond shooting

Stricter guidelines, isolation, uptick in cases at UVA takes a mental toll on some students

Va. correctional center reports 700+ COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, First Lady test positive for COVID-19

Police: Virginia babysitter arrested for assaulting seven-month-old

Man pleads guilty to arson after woman’s body set on fire

Benavidez is one of four people found guilty in connection to the murder of 19-year-old Megan Metzger in 2018.

Senior Alert for missing man with cognitive impairment canceled

Virginia State Police have issued a Senior Alert for a missing Herndon man with cognitive impairment.

Health officials seek to block Trump rally in Virginia

A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump goes forward Friday evening.

Virginia Senator Kaine outraged by republican rush

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says republicans are rushing to fil the empty seat left open by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so they can repeal the Affordable Care Act.

UVA researchers say at least 60% of population needs to receive COVID-19 vaccine for it to work

UVA researchers say that a COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be approved by the FDA before the end of the year, but how many people actually get the shot is the next great hurdle in defeating the virus.

ACLU pushes for independent experts to monitor COVID-19 outbreaks in Virginia prisons amid VDOC complaints

As COVID-19 surges in prisons across Virginia, lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union are pushing the State Department of Corrections to hire outside experts to evaluate overall response.

Researcher: antibodies in kids with rare COVID-19 symptom could aid vaccine work

New research suggests a rare symptom of the coronavirus found in children may actually help with the development of a vaccine and immune therapies.

Bipartisan bill to help reduce and prevent veteran suicide heads to president’s desk for signature

A bipartisan bill aimed at increasing veteran suicide prevention efforts and access to mental health services is heading to President Trump’s desk. The bill was authored by U.S. Sen. Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Boozman (R-AR).

Greene County family expecting triplets next month

A couple in central Virginia is getting ready to add a few more members to their small family of three.

Herring joins coalition of attorneys general in supporting states’ authority to regulate price gouging

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in support states' authority to regulate price gouging during emergencies.

Biden has five-point lead in Virginia ahead of Trump, according to poll

The poll was released by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

Liberty University talks upcoming prayer march, plans to bring more than 2,000 students

Liberty University spoke Wednesday about their upcoming trip to our nation’s capital.

Alicia Keys picks a Radford University student to play for her on Instagram Live

A local college student had the chance of a lifetime - to play piano for Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys. He’s been studying music for years and finally got to perform for one of his musical icons.

Black Lives Matter mural created at Eastern Mennonite University

A new Black Lives Matter mural was dedicated at Eastern Mennonite University and will be a permanent fixture on campus.

Virginia Film Festival goes virtual, offers drive-in option

Although the Virginia Film Festival cannot happen in person this year, movie lovers will be able to experience the joys of the cinema virtually. The festival will run from October 21 to October 25.

  Warner, Gade meet in first debate of Senate race

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and his Republican opponent Daniel Gade have sparred over the dangers of the coronavirus, when to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court and other topics Wednesday in the first debate of their Senate race.

Appeals court rejects rehearing in transgender bathroom case

A federal appeals court has denied a request for a full-court review of a ruling that a Virginia school board’s transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional.

Unemployment in Virginia continue to decline, but questions regarding benefits continue

At its peak in April, initial unemployment claims in Virginia rose to 147,000. Since then it has been declining, but many people who are still unemployed due to COVID-19 continue to have questions regarding their benefits.

UVA researchers say drugs that treat HIV can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers at the University of Virginia now say a group of drugs used to treat HIV and Hepatitis B could be used to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Health department, DOC collaborate to manage Deerfield COVID-19 outbreak

The Virginia Department of Health and Department of Corrections are working together to manage the COVID-19 outbreak at Deerfield Correctional Center, which is home to the state’s largest cohort of geriatric male inmates.

Insanity defense planned in Appalachian Trail killing

A Massachusetts man charged with killing an Appalachian Trail hiker and attacking another with a hunting knife in Virginia plans to use an insanity defense at his trial.

Stranded, 700-pound sea turtle euthanized in Virginia

A Virginia Aquarium team had to euthanize a 700-pound sea turtle that became stranded on a beach.

Busch Gardens hosting Halloween event with limited capacity

Busch Gardens announced the park will be hosting an event called Busch Gardens Halloween Harvest for the fall season.

Amtrak restores service routes in Virginia

Amtrak has restored service to two Northeast Regional roundtrips in Virginia to pre-COVID levels.

Louisa Co. teacher nationally recognized after working as an educator for 40 years

Her career spans 40 years teaching family and consumer sciences to middle schoolers in Louisa County. Now, she’s being nationally recognized for her dedication to the job.

UVA researchers working on COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers at the University of Virginia are working on a potential vaccine for COVID-19 that is low in cost.

  Dinwiddie middle, high school students to begin hybrid learning Oct. 5

Tuesday, during an in-person school board meeting, Dinwiddie County’s School Board voted unanimously to pass a series of recommendations that will allow parents of middle and high school students to opt for in-person hybrid learning beginning Oct. 5.

University of Virginia announces new COVID safety protocols amidst rising cases

The University of Virginia is adopting new protocols designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus on grounds.

Kaine, Warner announce more than $7.7M in funding to combat human trafficking

United States Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced on Monday the more than $7.7 million in funding will go towards combating human trafficking in Richmond, Fairfax, Alexandria and Hampton.

Warrant issued for man accused of driving toward protesters

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of driving a pickup truck toward a group of protesters in Virginia after he failed to show up for his trial.

Bill to end mandatory jail time for assaults on police fails

Virginia lawmakers have killed legislation that called for eliminating mandatory jail time for assaulting a police officer.

Grant for leukemia research given in honor of Virginia girl

A fund created in honor of a Roanoke girl has been announced by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a private funder of childhood cancer research grants.

Northam announces plans to refinance college bonds

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is announcing a new plan to refinance debt related to construction on college campuses, a move he said will save public colleges $300 million over the next two years.

Roanoke to give Confederate monument to cemetery, historical society

The city of Roanoke plans to give a memorial to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that had stood downtown to the owners of a cemetery and historical society.

Sales tax rate changes in Central Virginia beginning next month

Beginning Oct. 1, the sales and use tax rate in Central Virginia will increase.

  Virginia’s 2020 summer in review: Hot & dry first half, then wet & cooler second half

A hot and dry start to the summer gave way to flooding rainfall in August and cool weather the first few weeks of September.

Governor Northam to make announcement on higher education savings

Governor Ralph Northam is scheduled to make an announcement today on higher education savings.

Louisa County middle, high schools operating on two-hour delay after power outage

Louisa County Public Schools announced the middle and high schools will be operating on a two-hour delay due to a power outage.

A study shows drone delivery could save customers money, earn businesses revenue

A new study from Virginia Tech shows drone-delivery services could help save you time and money.

Va. health officials stress the importance of flu vaccine this year

Local health officials say it is important to get a flu vaccine every year, but especially is this year on top of the coronavirus pandemic.

22 more UVA student athletes test positive for COVID-19

UVA athletics has seen a total of 42 cases out of 3,805 tests administered since July.

Liberty freezes tuition costs for online, residential students through 2021-22

Liberty University has announced it will be continuing into its third year of not increasing tuition for on-campus students. Joining this number is the sixth year of a tuition freeze for those learning online.

While COVID-19 numbers drop in Virginia, health officials say to remain cautious

While COVID-19 numbers are steadily dropping in Virginia, health officials are warning the public not to let their guard down.

Man wanted in Pa. arrested in Virginia following crash

A man wanted in Pennsylvania was arrested in Virginia after becoming involved in a crash on Sunday.

UVA Center for Politics says an Arizona Senate race could affect Supreme Court seat

The showdown between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill over the vacant Supreme Court seat left due to the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues.

Virginia unemployment rate falls to 6.1% in August

The unemployment rate in Virginia fell 1.8 percentage points to 6.1 percent in August.

Rare blue moon on Halloween in 2020

Halloween in 2020 will feature the first 100% full moon in the Eastern U.S. time zone on Halloween since 1944

James Madison University to resume in-person instruction

James Madison University says it will resume in-person instruction.

Virginia native tackles Alaskan wilderness in TV show ‘100 Days Wild’

Adam Frye, Grottoes native, took on the challenge of surviving the wilderness on the Discovery Channel TV show, “100 Days Wild.” The program aired in August 2020.

Registered sex offender sentenced for possessing child pornography

A registered sex offender has been sentenced to four years in prison for child pornography possession.

Man sentenced in disappearance, exploitation of Louisa County teen

Bruce Lynch, 34, kidnapped a Louisa County teenager back in October 2019.

30-year-old woman arrested, charged in death of toddler

Campbell County Police says a 30-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in the death of a 3-year-old toddler.

Staff member at Powhatan County High tests positive for COVID-19

Powhatan County Public Schools confirmed a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Virginia’s largest insurance company cut reimbursement rates. Some doctors say primary care will suffer.

Previously, the insurance company offered 100 percent reimbursement for the providers — the same rate it pays physicians.

Virginia ski resort announces winter season reopening plan

A ski resort in Virginia says it expects to reopen for the winter season with precautions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

USDA approves state for second round of P-EBT funds

The funds will be released by the end of September.

When and where to vote early in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield

Registered voters can cast an early ballot for the upcoming Presidential election until Oct. 31.

Buckingham County holds “March for Medicine” to share concerns over closing medical facility

People took to the streets as part of the "March for Medicine," demanding the Sentara Buckingham medical facility remain open.