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New COVID-19 cases up by 851 in Virginia | Positivity rate increases to 6.5%

Louisa County to spend CARES Act money on body cameras for all its officers

Falwell supports move to rename Lynchburg

Many patients are continuing to avoid hospitals during pandemic

JMU student creates petition to name one of the campus buildings in honor of future student who passed away

University of Virginia hosts virtual town hall for international students

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1 dead, 1 fighting for life after head-on collision

CPD Chief Brackney speaks out following controversial body camera footage

  Students won’t return to school if Virginia can’t stay in Phase 3, Northam says after uptick in COVID-19 cases

Two UVA student-athletes test positive for COVID-19

Orange County man arrested, charged after striking man with piece of wood

Virginia Dept. of Health adds contact tracing data to COVID-19 webpage

VIDEO: Reward offered for information on two fires set outside Fredricksburg Police Headquarters

Police say they are investigating two incidents regarding vandalism near Fredricksburg Police Department Headquarters.

Police investigating fatal shooting in Staunton

Police are investigating a fatal shooting in the area of the Springhill Village Apartments in Staunton.

First case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome reported in Rappahannock area

The Rappahannock Area Health District has confirmed a case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children associated with COVID-19.

Virginia Supreme Court upholds decision blocking Walmart from electricity choice

The Supreme Court of Virginia quashed Walmart’s effort to buy energy from companies other than state utilities Dominion and Appalachian Power Company Thursday when it upheld an earlier decision by the State Corporation Commission blocking such an attempt.

Five hurt in Virginia Beach after rental home deck collapses

IRS reminds taxpayers to watch out for scams as filing deadline draws near

Annual Virginia Beach festival canceled for first time

Payments now going out from delayed unemployment program

Virginia Employment Commission releases updated data on unemployment insurance

Shenandoah County School Board votes to remove Confederate leader names from school buildings

UVA Health: research speeds up key cancer treatment for children

UVA Health says research conducted by its nurses and professors is shortening the time it takes to administer a key treatment for children with cancer.

COVID-19′s affect on patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

The coronavirus pandemic and all the precautions that come along with it are taking a toll on those those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Woman charged in connection to hit-and-run crash that killed 89-year-old in Dec. 2019

A woman has been charged in connection to a deadly hit-and-run crash that happened in December 2019 in Henrico.

Police: Gloucester man charged with killing infant, critically injuring wife

The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office said a man from Gloucester County has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of an infant.

Gov. Northam holds ceremonial bill signing for gun legislation

Governor Ralph Northam held a ceremonial bill signing for gun legislation Thursday.

Primary care doctors in Virginia want more resources from state as demand for testing grows

Dr. Sterling Ransone is a family physician in Deltaville and a current member of Virginia’s testing task force, a workgroup assembled in late April to boost the state’s once-sluggish COVID-19 test rates.

Virginia won’t release data on COVID-19 outbreaks at chicken plants, despite nursing home reversal

Virginia is refusing to release information on COVID-19 outbreaks at poultry processing plants on the grounds of privacy concerns, despite a June decision to provide such data for long-term care facilities.

What sank the Atlantic Coast Pipeline? It wasn’t just environmentalism.

The companies had poured billions into the effort, which was only about 6 percent complete.

VISAA releases guidelines & recommendations for fall sports

The Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association has released its guidelines and recommendations for the fall sports season.

VSP: 9 killed in crashes over the Fourth of July weekend

Virginia State Police said a total of nine people were killed, including a 4-year-old boy, in crashes across the state over the Fourth of July weekend.

  AG Herring says Virginia’s rape kit backlog has been eliminated

Attorney General Herring will be providing an update to end Virginia’s rape kit backlog.

Governor Northam signs bill that bans use of hand-held devices while driving in Virginia

On Wednesday Governor Northam held a ceremonial signing of a new law that will hopefully make the roads safer, one that makes it illegal to have any kind of communications device in your hand while you’re driving.

University of Virginia international students on edge about new immigration rule

International students at the University of Virginia are on edge after a federal regulation forces them to make the tough decision to either leave the U.S. or transfer colleges if their school is fully online in the fall.

Official: Inmate at Virginia jail pepper sprays two guards

Authorities say an inmate at a Virginia jail pepper sprayed two guards after inmates in a lockdown unit flooded their cells and the man was removed from his cell to shower.

School reopening plans become political flash point

The debate over whether schools should reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic with in-person learning offered five days a week has become a political flash point in Virginia.

  Overnight summer camp struggles during pandemic

”With COVID-19, we’re just not able to operate as normal this summer."

Officials remind boaters to wear life jackets after a dozen deaths so far this year

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is reminding boaters to wear a life jacket while out on any body of water.

Republican legislators call on Governor Northam to prioritize five days of in-school learning

A group of Republican legislators in Virginia is calling on Governor Northam to prioritize in-school learning five days a week for all students. Legislators laid out policy and budget priorities meant to ensure schools can safely reopen.

4-year-old child killed in fatal two-vehicle crash

Virginia State Police said a 4-year-old was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Prince Edward County.

Names released of deputies hurt in Wythe County shooting

Three people, including two deputies, were injured following a shooting in Wythe County Tuesday night.

Gov. Northam asks Virginia schools to change names, mascots named after Confederate soldiers

Governor Ralph Northam wrote a letter to all the schools located in the commonwealth to change the names and mascots named after Confederate soldiers.

  State seeing downward trend in COVID-19 numbers, but health experts say to stay cautious

On Tuesday, Virginia saw its percent positivity rate drop back down to 5.8% with local experts expressing the downward trend a good sign.

Despite less traffic, Virginia sees uptick in unbelted-related deaths during pandemic

Despite less traffic on the roads due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia has seen an uptick in unbelted-related crash deaths.

Washington and Lee University faculty call for name change

Washington and Lee University faculty members are calling for the university to retire Lee from the name.

Northam launches new initiative to drive investment in renewable energy

Governor Ralph Northam has launched a new initiative to drive investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

  ‘I felt like I was dying': Mother of Spotsylvania road rage victims mourns sons

A mother is mourning after her two sons were killed in an apparent road rage dispute.

Virginia law prohibits keeping dogs tethered outside in extreme weather

A new law has gone into affect preventing dogs from being tethered outside in extreme weather.

  Fire destroys decades-old building in Tappahannock

Fire crews responded to an intense vehicle fire located in a building in Tappahannock.

Virginia education officials update guidance on schools reopening

Virginia education leaders have updated their guidance for reopening the commonwealth’s schools this fall, with schools having been closed in the spring because of COVID-19 concerns.

JMU votes to remove Confederate leader names from campus halls

James Madison University’s Board of Visitors unanimously voted to remove the Confederate leader names of Jackson, Ashby and Maury from their halls on campus.

Richmond healthcare company hiring hundreds for COVID-19 testing

GENETWORx, the nationwide leader in diagnostic and Antibody Testing for COVID-19, is offering different job positions for COVID-19 testing.

Evictions ramp up in Virginia as local courts decline governor’s request to continue moratorium

District courts docketed more than 1,600 eviction lawsuits last week, with judges awarding $1.4 million in cash judgments to landlords, according to online docket information compiled by open government groups.

Missing 33-year-old Fredericksburg woman found safe

Nicole Mackey was last seen around 5:30 p.m. Monday

More than 100,000 Virginia entities get PPP loans

Virginia’s businesses and nonprofits took in between $9.5 billion to $18.2 billion through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Payroll Protection Program, new data released Monday shows.

Washington and Lee University faces questions about name

At Washington and Lee University, the administration is facing questions about the school’s name.

New voting laws could mean changes for some voter registrars

Dozens of new laws in Virginia went into effect last week, including some making changes to the way Virginians vote. There is now “no excuse” absentee voting and voters no longer need to show a photo ID in order to vote.

Environmental activists in central Virginia celebrate Atlantic Coast Pipeline victory

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project has been cancelled. Environmental activists in central Virginia say they not only hoped this victory would come, they worked hard to make certain their voices were heard.

  UVA doctors stress the effect people’s actions have on the spread of coronavirus

Dr. Peter Kasson of the UVA School of Medicine says individual actions like wearing a mask, working from home, and social distancing can keep people healthy, no matter what restrictions are put in place.

Goochland Drive-in Theater to show ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ to celebrate film’s 40th anniversary

The Goochland Drive-in Theater will be showing the “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary.

Pursuit suspect arrested after stealing vehicle, speeding

Police say a suspect has been arrested after stealing a vehicle and speeding.

19-year-old accused of stealing numerous items from vehicles

The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office said it has arrested a 19-year-old in connection to numerous larcenies from vehicles.

  Woman pleads guilty in connection to hanging ex-boyfriend’s puppy

One of the first animal cruelty convictions after Tommie's Law enacted last year.

Grand Jury indicts Michael Brown in killing of mother’s boyfriend in Franklin County

A Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted a Marine deserter for killing his mother’s boyfriend in 2019.

Wildlife Center of Virginia recommends keeping house cats indoors

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has already admitted 302 patients this year due to cat attacks.

Lock and barricade found at entrance of UVA cemetery with Confederate memorial

With nationwide attention drawn toward Confederate monuments and memorials, there appears to be additional security in front of one memorial in Charlottesville.

Police: Child drowns in swimming pool at hotel

Police say a child drowned in a pool at one of the oceanfront hotels in Virginia Beach.

Police: Burglary suspect arrested on multiple charges

Police say a burglary suspect has been arrested on multiple charges.

Police arrest man after fleeing during attempted traffic stop

Police say they arrested a man after he fleed the scene during an attempted traffic stop.

Father of Robyn Hightman continues to keep daughter’s memory alive by fighting for biker safety

The memory of a Charlottesville native who was killed while riding a bike in New York City is living on through their father’s activism.

How Virginia plans to let people ban themselves from buying guns

This year, the Democratic-led General Assembly passed legislation creating the Virginia Voluntary Do Not Sell Firearms List, making Virginia one of the first states to put Vars’s concept into practice.

AARP Virginia issues COVID-19 scam alert

AARP Virginia has issued a COVID-19 scam alert called the ‘grandparent scam'.

Virginia brewery starts new project to give back to service members in the community

All healthcare workers and first responders can come in and get a free pint of beer and the staff will check off the boxes on the poster.

Police: Virginia man posts stickers to spread Neo Nazi blog

A Virginia man accused of posting QR code stickers that direct people to a white supremacist blog has been arrested. Norfolk Police Department said in a Twitter post Friday they arrested 33-year-old Samuel Caskey.

Pawn shop owner weighs in on Virginia’s new gun control laws

New gun control laws went into effect Wednesday across Virginia. Many of the restrictions reflect the Democratic majority in the General Assembly.

West Virginia man charged with first-degree murder after July 4th shooting

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s office responded to a call for shots fired around 10:30 Saturday morning.

Wineries and vineyards hit hard after frost in May

Horton Vineyard was forced to survive a cold may on top of the pandemic

VSP reminds drivers ‘slow your speed’ with 124 mph speeding ticket

Virginia State Police tweeted a picture of a reckless driving ticket as a reminder to drive safely during July 4th weekend.

Two Washington Nationals players test positive for COVID-19

Two Nationals players tested positive for COVID-19, manager Davey Martinez said Sunday, according to a report from NBC Washington.