Governor Northam ditches ties, citing infectious pathogen risk

Wilkie discusses VA’s coronavirus response, offers advice to veterans

Agriculture Secretary, lawmakers aim to protect farmers during COVID-19 outbreak

  'We need direction from Washington’: Gov. Northam asks for federal help with COVID-19 testing, supply shortage

A win for undocumented immigrants is a win for all

  Richmond Police step up enforcement over COVID-19 orders

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Northam orders elective surgeries to stop to preserve beds, medical equipment

  Governor Northam: COVID-19 pandemic will last months, not weeks

  What businesses are essential and non-essential?

Virginia poised to legalize casinos at unlucky time

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

  Virginia addresses COVID-19 testing kit shortage, hopes to ramp up testing

Absentee voting begins in Virginia town elections

In-person absentee voting is now underway across Virginia for town elections across the state.

‘Virginia is for Lovers’ just became just a little more real for immigrants

The upside of annual elections in the commonwealth is that every year is an opportunity to win better representation.

  State measures to address COVID-19 include increased access to health care, support for businesses & suspension of motor vehicle inspections

Thursday, Northam and his COVID-19 response team detailed ways the state is trying to help you and stop the spread.

Kaine says economic stimulus should include direct cash payments

Congress is now working on a plan to backstop the American economy, and Senator Tim Kaine said he is optimistic that plan will include direct cash payments to individuals and families.

Lt. Gov. Fairfax sends letter to Northam urging for more restrictions amid COVID-19 outbreak

At least 2 members of Congress have coronavirus

UVA Center for Politics: COVID-19 may impact Nov. election in unprecedented ways

  Virginia daycare operations ordered to follow crowd control order

Virginia officials say all voters can cast ballots by mail for May municipal elections

From early voting to photo ID repeal, Va. Democrats have overhauled election rules to to make voting easier

Accountability, leadership become politics’ X factors in the time of coronavirus

Workplaces large and small, schools and colleges sent their employees and students home with orders to telecommute if possible while others go without paychecks.

For environmentalists, a ‘monumental’ legislative session

Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge.

  Taking the air out of hazardous balloon releases

Forty percent of debris recovered on Virginia beaches was balloons, which infiltrate ecosystems and can kill wildlife.

Virginia lawmakers pass new budget amid downturn fears

The measure now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who can try to amend or veto parts of the budget.

  Virginia congressman to self-quarantine after potential contact with coronavirus

Virginia Rep. Don Beyer will self-quarantine after dining with a friend who tested positive for COVID-19.

Va. lawmakers block paid sick time bill as coronavirus sparks national conversation

For months, a handful of Virginia lawmakers had been pushing legislation that would grant access to paid sick time to thousands of workers.

Henrico proposes $1.4 billion budget for FY 2020-2021, with money for County projects and teachers

Henrico’s proposed $1.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 aims to advance several major County projects, stimulate economic growth and provide raises for teachers.

Kaine pushes for paid sick leave amid coronavirus outbreak

As coronavirus continues to spread, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) cosponsored emergency paid sick leave legislation to provide mandatory paid sick days.

New budget plan has raises for teachers, state employees

Virginia lawmakers have approved raises and bonuses for state employees and public school teachers in their final budget proposal.

Next steps: What happens if localities gain control of Confederate monuments?

A bill that would give localities control of Confederate monuments is on its way to Governor Ralph Northam's desk.

  It’s a wrap: Virginia lawmakers look back on 2020 session

It's a wrap: Virginia lawmakers look back on 2020 General Assembly session

  Digital Dialogue: A conversation about the CROWN Act, which ends hair discrimination

On March 4, Virginia became the latest state to ban hair discrimination.

Mayor Stoney will make announcement on new enhancements to City Stadium

Mayor Levar Stoney will be joining Richmond Kicker’s officials to announce new enhancements to City Stadium.

Richmond City Council will discuss Air BnB regulations

The Richmond City Council will be discussing regulations for Air BnB’s in the city.

Lawmakers pass bill allowing Confederate monument removals

The House and Senate passed legislation over the weekend that would undo an existing state law that protects the monuments and instead let local governments decide their fate.

Virginia General Assembly passes bills to require background checks on all gun sales, restore one-handgun-a-month law

Legislation to require criminal background checks on all gun sales and restore the state’s former one-handgun-a-month rule won final approval Saturday in the state Senate.

Legislators grapple with changing bawdy place, prostitution laws

The General Assembly passed measures this session repealing restrictions on sex before marriage, swearing in public and being a "habitual drunkard," but Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, said he is considering updating another "outdated" Virginia law next year.

‘A momentous moment for Virginians’ after General Assembly unanimously passes legislation to end surprise medical bills

It took weeks of negotiations to settle on an end to balance billing, a much-loathed feature of Virginia’s medical system that’s been locked in a legislative deadlock for years.

Virginia lawmakers approve redistricting measure

Virginia lawmakers approved a proposed change to the state's constitution that supporters said will curb political gerrymandering.

  Richmond Mayor unveils $782.6 million budget

Richmond's Mayor unveils $782.6 million budget

Lawmakers OK bill to bring solar to low-income communities

The General Assembly passed a bill that aims to increase access to renewable energy for lower-income communities.

Lawmakers OK bill to distribute excess food to qualifying students

The General Assembly passed a bill that will allow Virginia schools to distribute excess food to eligible students, in an effort to provide another meal to students.

Gov. Northam signs bill to ban hair discrimination in Virginia

Virginia’s governor has signed a bill banning hair discrimination across the commonwealth.

Virginia lawmakers send ‘historic’ energy bill to governor

Virginia lawmakers gave final passage Friday to a sweeping energy bill that would overhaul how the state’s utilities generate electricity.

Virginia General Assembly caps insulin prices at $50 a month

There have been Congressional hearings over the rising costs, but federal regulators still haven’t settled on a solution to lower prices.

Virginia set to raise gas taxes, keep safety inspections

Virginia lawmakers have announced an agreement on transportation funding proposal that will double the gas tax in some parts of the state. But lawmakers are rejecting Gov. Ralph Northam’s request to do away annual vehicle safety inspections.

You can now have sex before marriage, swear in public and be a ‘habitual drunkard’ without breaking the law in Virginia

There are some old laws on the books in Virginia that a person might consider odd or weird, depending on who you ask.

Virginia lawmakers move forward with Confederate statue removal bills

The bills that would allow localities to have the power to remove Confederate monuments are moving forward in the General Assembly.

Fact-checking a debate over controversial immunization legislation

The final version adds four new vaccines to the state’s immunization schedule, which hasn’t been updated since 2008.

In whirlwind finish to a hectic session, many remaining issues will be resolved out of the public eye

Lawmakers have a few more days to get their homework done before the 2020 session adjourns.

In rare move, Senate OKs bill over Dominion’s objections

The Virginia Senate has approved a bill over the objections of Dominion Energy that would restore state regulatory oversight of how electric utilities can write off certain costs.

Va. governor signs law to double grand larceny threshold

The felony larceny threshold in Virginia has officially been doubled, with the change taking effect this summer.

  Chesterfield teachers walk out in protest for pay increase

As state lawmakers are still trying to reach a deal on education funding, a group of Chesterfield teachers staged a walkout Tuesday in order to push for better pay.

Northam approves #TeamTommie license plates

Tommie the pit bull died in early 2019 after being set on fire.

  Decision 2020: Sanders wins top prize, California; Biden surges nationwide

Results from Virginia’s Democratic primary could be a key indicator of which of the party’s presidential hopefuls will face President Donald Trump in the general election.

  ‘I wasn’t surprised he won’: Republican Party of Virginia reacts to Biden’s victory in Va.

Despite Joe Biden winning the Democratic Primary in Virginia Tuesday, Republicans say President Donald Trump will still claim victory in November.

  Blind Midlothian man shares how he casts his ballot

Noel Romey, a blind Midlothian man, uses a machine to help him vote on his own.

$10,500 donated to Feed More in support of General Assembly food drives

More than $10,000 was donated to Feed More in support of two food drives conducted during the General Assembly session.

  ‘I don’t think you can predict it’: A look at what’s expected from Super Tuesday

Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada were kryptonite for Joe Biden. But in South Carolina, superman himself, Congressman Jim Clyburn came to the rescue with an endorsement.

  Old school measures securing elections in Virginia

As the votes pour in this Super Tuesday, security is at the top of some voters’ minds.

Gov. Northam signs bill banning conversion therapy in Virginia

Virginia's governor signed a bill on Tuesday effectively banning the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children in the commonwealth.

  Super Tuesday: Everything you need to know for Virginia’s Democratic primary election

With 99 delegates up for grabs in the Commonwealth, Virginia is definitely one to watch. So your vote matters, but before you get to your polling place, here’s everything you need to know.

After delay, Virginia Democrats advance redistricting

After a lengthy delay, Virginia Democrats are advancing legislation to overhaul how new congressional and legislative maps are drawn.

Legislature approves mental health training for Virginia teachers

The General Assembly passed a bill that will require full-time teachers to complete mental health awareness training, though some advocates are split on how the training should be implemented.

Bill removing race requirement in marriage records passes

When William Christiansen married his college sweetheart, he was disturbed that they had to disclose their race to the registrar, considering they are an interracial couple.

Lawmakers split over bill to ban plastic foam to-go containers

A bill in the General Assembly that bans expanded polystyrene containers, also known as plastic foam, at all food vendors by 2025 currently is in limbo while both chambers hash out a Senate amendment rejected by the House.

Virginia politicians stuck in elevator on way to Biden event

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney had a good excuse for being late to a news conference for presidential hopeful Joe Biden: they were stuck in an elevator.

  Virginia State Police: $55 million needed to correct pay issues

Virginia State Police say $55 million needed to correct pay issues within agency

Several school districts closed for Super Tuesday

The Super Tuesday primary in Virginia is expected to draw large crowds to the polls, as voters cast ballots for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Former Va. Governor endorses Joe Biden for President

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe he said in part, “We can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump’s hate-driven chaos and Joe Biden is the candidate with the character, experience, and broad appeal to defeat him.”

  Tim Kaine campaigns for Joe Biden in Richmond

Joe Biden is expected to attend an event with Kaine in Norfolk Sunday.

  Senator Amy Klobuchar stops in Richmond ahead of Super Tuesday

Amy Klobuchar stopped in Richmond, Virginia Saturday, just days ahead of Super Tuesday.

Central Virginia receives $28 million broadband internet grant

Thousands of central Virginians will be getting reliable home internet, thanks to a federal grant program.

Legislature OKs bill allowing new birth certificate for transgender people

The state legislature recently passed a bill that will allow transgender individuals to receive a new birth certificate, something advocates said will help transgender people acquire documentation in alignment with their identity.

Time changes for Senator Amy Klobuchar campaign event in Richmond

Senator Amy Klobuchar will be holding a campaign event in Richmond ahead of Super Tuesday.

Parking restrictions in Richmond to be in place during Primary Election

Several parking restrictions will be in place in Richmond during the Primary Election on Tuesday.

Gov. Northam-backed gun control bills pass in Virginia

Parts of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s sweeping gun control legislation have won final passage in the General Assembly.

  Latest Virginia poll puts Biden in front, ahead of ‘Super Tuesday’

One of the last sets of polling data before “Super Tuesday,” puts Joe Biden ahead of the pack, but not by much.