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VDH confirms 1,200+ new COVID-19 cases | 14 additional deaths reported

The Virginia Health Department reported 635,552 total COVID-19 cases in Virginia, a 1,227 case increase in the past 24 hours.

Lawsuit: Virginia police officers threatened, pepper-sprayed army lieutenant during stop

VSP: 22-year-old killed, truck driver injured in tractor-trailer crash

Man charged after 15-year-old girl who went missing in Myrtle Beach is found safe

4 accused of getting pandemic jobless benefits for inmates

Virginia’s vaccine coordinator addresses rural hesitancy, when teens can get a shot

Virginia’s Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine allocation set to dip by over 100k doses next week

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UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers completed with moment of silence, ceremony

Beachgoer finds body of man whose truck plunged off bridge

Daughters of Confederacy now in possession of Jefferson Davis chair held for ransom

More than $6.3M in GO Virginia grants to support economic growth

UVA students to soon receive COVID-19 vaccine

VSP: One in custody, two on the run after police pursuit in Augusta County

Old Outer Banks bridge to become fishing pier by summer

The spot is where fresh and saltwater species mingle, making it a popular fishing site. The new Basnight Bridge towers above it.

Search ends after missing 15-year-old girl last seen in Myrtle Beach found safe

Myrtle Beach police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager last seen on the beach.

Rappahannock Health District enters Phase 2

Anyone 16 years of age or older in Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, city of Fredricksburg and Stafford Counties can now sign up for an appointment.

VDH, Dr. Avula to hold virtual briefing on vaccine rollout

The briefing will be held on April 9 at 3 p.m.

Parole board controversy to linger, despite outside investigation

10 years since Robert Lee Hourihan disappearance, cold case still open

VDH to pilot rapid testing program in schools

Albemarle County doctor faces 5 sexual assault trials

  Virginia groups react to President Biden’s gun control measures

Man says $1 million Virginia Lottery prize will help his small business

Glitch in state’s vaccine system registers wrong vaccine to teens

The system is currently working on a fix.

Gov. Northam endorses Terry McAuliffe for governor

The governor and McAuliffe will be visiting Norfolk and Alexandria on April 8 to make his endorsement at 9:30 a.m.

  Virginia lawmakers approve Northam’s push to speed up marijuana legalization

The governor says retail sales would not start until 2024.

Va. Dept. of Wildlife Resources investigating death of 15 birds in Harrisonburg’s Court Square

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is investigating what killed more than a dozen birds of different species and sizes near Court Square in Harrisonburg over the course of a few days.

Free service launched to help families work through FAFSA

Virginia Governor Northam recently launched a new service where students and families can schedule a free, one-on-one meeting with an advisor to help them complete the FAFSA form.

  VEC to reinstate weekly search for work requirements

The Virginia Employment Commission will be reinstating the weekly search for work requirements for applicants in the near future.

New law in Virginia bans gay and trans panic as murder defense

Virginia is the first state in the South to ban gay and trans panic as a defense for murder or manslaughter. The bill was introduced by openly transgender Delegate Danica Roem.

Pharrell wants federal probe into police shooting of cousin

Grammy award-winning musician Pharrell Williams has called for a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of his cousin along the Virginia coast.

For Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, post-Trump era starts with big emphasis on ‘election integrity’

The GOP candidates for governor had just finished introducing themselves to members of the Princess Anne Republican Women’s Club when the forum’s moderator realized she had misplaced her list of questions.

AG Herring, Va. NAACP launch effort to reform handling of officer-involved shootings in Va.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia NAACP are launching a collaborative effort to identify and implement reforms to the way the state and its law enforcement agencies handle investigations into officer-involved shooting deaths

4 moments that stood out during the first Democratic gubernatorial debate

The first televised debate of Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary started out tame Tuesday evening, with almost 25 minutes of civil discussion about how the five candidates onstage plan to lead the state out of it.

Petition underway to bring Rosie’s Gaming to Emporia

To place a referendum on the ballot, signatures from at least 5 percent of qualified voters must be submitted to the General Registrar.

McAuliffe takes jabs from fellow Democrats in debate

The Democratic primary is on June 8.

Infectious disease experts discuss vaccine hesitancy among Republican adults

A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that among Republican adults, 29% say they “definitely will not” get the vaccine. For white Evangelical Christians, it’s 28%.

State lawmakers to reconvene to act on amendments

The Virginia House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene at noon on Wednesday to act on amendments.

  CDC: Outbreaks linked to youth sports and extracurriculars

The CDC is reporting many outbreaks in younger people are being linked to youth sports and extra curriculars. In a White House briefing Monday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Wolensky said those activities should be limited.

UVA basketball legend part of team taking over The White Spot restaurant

The White Spot restaurant has been serving up its famous Gus Burgers since 1953. Now it’s under new ownership, headlined by UVA basketball legend Ralph Sampson.

VSP: Tractor-trailer’s fuel tank punctured after striking debris on I-295

Virginia State Police said they are responding to a tractor-trailer that had its fuel tank punctured.

American Sign Language now available for Virginia’s vaccine call center

The Virginia Department of Health announced on Tuesday that American Sign Language capabilities are now available at the state’s vaccine call center.

Researchers say they’ve made a discovery in a cancer treatment originally thought not to work

Researchers at the University of Virginia Cancer Center say they’ve made a discovery that could revive a cancer treatment originally thought not to work.

Virginia school system eyes post that mocked George Floyd

News outlets report Roanoke County Schools is looking into the photo in which Chauvin’s face is covered by the logo of Cave Spring High School, while the logo of Hidden Valley High School covers Floyd’s face.

Pharrell Williams, others honor Virginia man shot by police

Grammy-winning musician Pharrell Williams and the Rev. William J. Barber were among those who spoke at the funeral for a Black man who was shot by police in Virginia Beach.

Wineries dodge icy bullet, survive late frost

Central Virginia’s wineries narrowly avoided a potentially devastating frost event over the weekend, as temperatures plummeted after a stretch of warm weather had jumpstarted the growing season.

Sheriff’s office: Man charged with shooting in public place while intoxicated

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said a man is charged with shooting in a public place while intoxicated.

High school students’ research recognized on international stage

In Albemarle County, a group of young researchers is looking into the effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s suspension of air pollution regulations.

Students advocating for accessible gender-neutral restrooms at UVA School of Law

There are currently eight gender-neutral restrooms inside the University of Virginia School of Law building, but some students say they’re not easily accessible in between classes and need to be moved.

Virginia to pilot COVID-19 testing program in public schools

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also issued interim guidance for K-12 testing, which is largely mirrored by VDH in its own reopening guidelines for schools.

Police: 3 teens shot, 2 men arrested in Virginia Beach

Police in Virginia Beach say three teenagers have been shot and that one of them has died.

Roanoke apartment fire causes over $1.2 million dollars in damage

The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office has concluded the fire Friday on Circle Brook Drive in Pebble Creek Apartments originated on a balcony on the second floor of the structure and was accidental.

Two women taken to hospital after Roanoke shooting

Roanoke Police arrested a suspect Saturday after two women were taken to a hospital following a shooting in the 800 block of Queen Avenue NW.

COVID-19 Vaccines & Children: What does it mean for next school year?

COVID-19 vaccines are now being tested in children, with students at the middle school level or even younger possibly able to get vaccinated just in time for the next academic year.

Dominion Energy offers $1 million toward critical needs programs; Nonprofits encouraged to apply

Dominion Energy is offering $25,000 grants to nonprofits serving critical needs in the community, and local organizations are encouraged to apply.

Memorial honoring fallen service members to stand in Lynchburg for next week

A memorial honoring our nation’s fallen service members has made its way back to Lynchburg.

2 bills designed to help Virginians with special needs signed by Gov. Northam

Getting pulled over by the police can lead to tense situations, especially if the driver is hard of hearing, or has autism, for example. That’s why Del. Rob Bell introduced House Bill 1960.

  Northam proposes funding for parole board review

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has proposed funding for an outside review of the Virginia Parole Board, but Republicans say his proposal is too little, too late.

Man charged with setting fire to building, assaulting deputy

Officials said a man is charged with setting fire to a building and assaulting a Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.

Troopers investigating deadly, fiery crash

The investigation continues.

Virginia lawmakers establish more LGBTQ protections

The Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly worked in its second year to establish more protections for LGBTQ people.

VEC: No evidence that systems were hacked as commission investigates reports of customer information being changed

VEC is investigating some reports from customers saying their banking information was changed without permission.

Suspect in deadly Capitol attack was Christopher Newport University graduate

Police identified the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green, and say he rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife. One of the officers died.

Dominion filing kicks off first financial review in years

Dominion Energy Virginia earned $26 million in excess revenue in the past four years and is seeking to reinvest that money in its offshore wind pilot project.

Virginia close to administering 1 million COVID-19 vaccines

Virginia is expected to cross a major milestone this weekend in the fight against COVID-19.

Gov. Northam announces additional funds will go to childcare, support for providers

The extra funding will also deliver operational and technical resources to new and returning child care providers.

No injuries reported after crash involving school bus in Powhatan

None of the vehicles involved had any passengers.

Virginia’s HIV transmission penalty will remain on the books

In 1990, near the height of the AIDS crisis, national lawmakers passed an omnibus spending bill that set aside federal funding for HIV treatment and services.

Social services addresses issues with P-EBT card distribution

The agency says they were just made aware that some eligible households were not receiving their P-EBT cards and that all cards will be mailed out today.

VDH to host virtual press conference on state’s vaccine plan

The press conference will start at 3 p.m. on April 2.

  Caught on Camera: Deer crashes through school bus window, lands on student

It was anything but an average school bus ride early Thursday, April 1.

Central Virginia localities prepare to potentially form regional cigarette tax board

Albemarle and Fluvanna counties were among the localities that spoke in favor of the potential board at a virtual meeting of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.

Federal lawsuit filed against former Charlottesville police officer after he unlawfully detained a man

A now-former Charlottesville police officer is named in a federal lawsuit after he unlawfully detained a man in January.

Governor signs school opening bill without emergency clause

Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will move more schools toward in-person instruction, but it won’t take effect immediately.

  DMV challenges include scheduling appointments and ‘no-shows’

Since DMV customer service centers started reopening in May 2020, the DMV has scheduled three-million appointments. However, one of the major issues the agency is facing is no-shows.

Marijuana possession and cultivation could be legal by July

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam amended legislation to accelerate the legalization of marijuana possession and home cultivation in the state to July as opposed to 2024.

Virginia Asian communities, lawmakers react to rise in targeted violence

More than 60 people gathered recently in Southside Richmond for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the Atlanta shooting victims and to call attention to recent anti-Asian violence.

Dept. of Wildlife Resources to host drive-thru vaccine clinic

The clinic will be held on April 3.

  Gov. Northam announces Virginia will expand vaccine eligibility to all adults by April 18

All local health districts will have enough vaccines to open appointments to the general public by April 18, based on the federal government’s projected vaccine supply.

Virginia Supreme Court sides with Charlottesville over Confederate statues

The Virginia Supreme Court is siding with Charlottesville in the legal battle over Confederate statues.

Man accused of having teen conceal his handgun during traffic stop

A man is accused of having a teenager conceal his hand handgun during a traffic stop in Stafford County.