COVID-19 cases nearing 48,000 in Virginia with 1,445 deaths reported

Stoney to introduce ordinance to remove Confederate monuments

  Gov. Northam speaks publicly for first time on recent unrest in Virginia

Virginia county pulls officers from DC after Trump photo-op

  ‘We need you to create peace’: Emotions high after violent night in Richmond

Northam declares state of emergency, calls on Virginians to unite following unrest in Richmond

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  “It’s not fair”: Business owners clean up after overnight protests

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

  Governor Northam details mask mandate enforcement

Yes, disobeying Virginia’s mask order could carry a criminal charge. But Northam appears to be counting on compliance.

Virginia honors Class of 2020 at virtual event Friday

Virginia lags in implementing extended unemployment benefits

  Sen. Kaine, wife have coronavirus antibodies, indicating earlier infection

Sen. Tim Kaine and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

Del. Carroll Foy formally launches bid for Virginia governor

Democratic state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy has formally launched her bid for Virginia governor, using email and social media to make her first appeal to voters amid the social distancing constraints of the coronavirus pandemic.

Va. House Speaker endorses Biden for President

Filler-Corn: "Biden’s lifetime of public service has proven that he is the leader Virginians need to move our country forward."

Richmond’s Mayor requests modified phase one transition

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is requesting a modified phase one for the city.

Today is the last day to register to vote in Virginia’s June primary

Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia

  ‘Safety at all costs’: Richmond pastor to keep 10% capacity limit despite president’s call to reopen churches

  Gov. Northam to review policy on mandating masks in public

Issues persist with antiquated Virginia unemployment system

  Gov. Northam says testing efforts are going well as Virginia hits 10,000 mark

Eviction protections are available to you as Virginia courts reopen

On Monday, May 18, courts across most of Virginia reopened for business, though with many restrictions still in place.

Virginia supreme court rejects gym owner’s request to open

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected an injunction request from a gym owner who is challenging the executive order that has closed his business.

  Town of Ashland enforces coronavirus safety measures during May election

The town of Ashland hosted its first election since the coronavirus concern began.

  Towns incorporate safety protocols ahead of Election Day

Many towns in Central Virginia will be heading to the polls Tuesday for a number of local races but things will look quite a bit different this time around.

Gov. Northam announces ‘Education Work Group’ to develop school reopening plans

In Governor Ralph Northam’s Monday COVID-19 briefing, he announced a new “Education Work Group” to help chart a path forward for determining when and how Virginia’s schools can safely reopen.

Maryland, Virginia, D.C. intend to sue EPA on bay pollution

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the agency believes the claim has no merit.

  Northam: Virginia Beach to reopen May 22 with limitations

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam says the sand along Virginia Beach can open to the public again on Friday.

Virginia Beach allowed to reopen for recreational activities on Friday, Northam says

Governor Ralph Northam will give an update on Virginia’s response to COVID-19, following the first weekend of his Phase One approach to reopening the commonwealth.

House passes $3T relief bill that’s been declared ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate

The sweeping legislation, which passed largely along partisan lines by a vote of 208-199, carries a price tag that’s roughly equal to the total cost of four previous coronavirus response bills already signed into law.

As restrictions are eased, many churches to remain empty

Many houses of worship will remain empty this weekend in Virginia even though most of the state has entered the first phase of a gradual reopening set in place by Gov. Ralph Northam.

  Governor Northam responds to critics over testing numbers, delayed reopening plans

With some businesses closed and others open in and around the Richmond-area, Governor Ralph Northam is taking on his critics who say his administration's response to COVID-19 is inconsistent.

Rep. Abigail Spanberger calls massive relief bill a “time wasted”

The 7th District Democrat says the rescue bill does not get people back to work or address other priorities to combat the economic crisis created by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Virginia sees new voter registrations plummet in April

Officials said the dropoff can be explained partially by the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles’ offices being closed for in-person transactions.

Black Caucus says it opposes Gov. Northam’s plan to reopen Virginia Friday

The Black Caucus, made up of 23 Democratic state lawmakers, formally registered its opposition to Northam’s proposed timeline in a letter to the governor released Wednesday.

Senator Mark Warner pushes for paycheck security program

Senator Mark Warner is calling on lawmakers to protect workers amid the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Northam: Most of commonwealth can enter phase one Friday

Virginia’s Governor says most of the commonwealth can enter phase one of reopening Friday.

Virginia gov rejects call to halt parole for violent felons

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has rejected a call from several top GOP lawmakers to institute a moratorium on the release of certain inmates by the Virginia Parole Board.

  Equity pilot program brings 40,000 pieces of COVID-19 PPE to low-income Richmond residents

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is in the hands of some of the most vulnerable in Richmond. The state and the city have teamed up to make protection from COVID-19 more equitable.

Richmond City Council passes adjusted FY2021 budget

Richmond City Council passed Mayor Levar Stoney’s adjusted FY2021 budget, which was changed due to a projected decrease in revenue due to COVID-19.

  COVID-19 testing improving as Virginians prepare for first phase of reopening plan

Governor Ralph Northam is holding a press conference Monday afternoon as Virginians prepare for the possible first phase of reopening the state.

Henrico leaders announce plans, new temporary polling locations for June primary

At an April 28 Board of Supervisors meeting an ordinance was introduced to relocate five polling locations during the ongoing pandemic due to those locations being in retirement communities and long-term care facilities.

Trump administration asks court to toss lawsuit over ERA

Virginia became the 38th and final state needed to make the ERA part of the Constitution in January.

  Gov. Northam’s guidelines for reopening Virginia include easing restrictions for restaurants, salons

Governor Ralph Northam is expected to layout guidelines for reopening Virginia on Friday afternoon.

Stoney declares Richmond a ‘City of Compassion’

Mayor Levar Stoney has declared Richmond a “City of Compassion,” meaning it is dedicated to treating all people with respect and dignity, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation or economic status.

Chesterfield Registrar encourages voters to do absentee by mail ballots

The Chesterfield General Registrar’s Office is encouraging voters to seek absentee by mail ballots for the June Democratic and Republican Primary Elections.

DeVos finalizes new campus sexual assault rules. Critics say they ‘roll back the clock.’

The new regulations expand rights for people accused of sexual misconduct on college campuses and make other changes to federal regulations governing schools’ obligations to respond to misconduct complaints.

From hospital, Justice Ginsburg slams Trump birth control rules

The justices appeared divided on the issue during the arguments, but Ginsburg made her disdain for the Trump rules clear.

  'It’s time for Virginia to safely get back to work’: Protesters again push for reopening

State Senator Amanda Chase says the rally was for small business owners in the Commonwealth.

  Governor Northam to unveil ‘phase one’ reopening guidelines Friday

Friday is when we will learn the fine print about what Virginia’s phase one of reopening will look like.

  Rally to reopen Virginia planned for Wednesday

A rally to reopen Virginia is set to take place tomorrow.

Curbside voting, ballot casting from vehicles available for Ashland General Election

Curbside voting and ballot casting from vehicles will be available in the Ashland General Election.

Judge rules Va. attorney general can allow June absentee voting without witness signatures

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday, approving Attorney General Mark Herring’s agreement to allow absentee ballots in the upcoming primary elections without the usually required witness signature.

  Northam: Virginia set to begin reopening plan May 15

Governor Ralph Northam announced a three-phase plan to get the commonwealth back up and running.

Sen. Warner calls on Justice Dept. to address coronavirus-related hate crimes

Virginia's senior U.S. senator, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) joined 15 other Democrat senators on Monday to urge the U.S. Department of Justice to release a plan on how to address the surge in discrimination and hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals amid the COVID-19 pandem

Richmond General Registrar will be open for absentee voting, candidate filing

The Officer of the General Registrar announced that they will be open for only absentee voting and candidate filing for the June primary.

The next big clash on Capitol Hill: state bailouts

State and federal lawmakers alike want Congress to send more cash in the next round of coronavirus legislation to aid ailing cities and states.

  Virginia sees jump in COVID-19 testing

Governor Ralph Northam's response team is explaining why the commonwealth has lagged in testing when compared to other states.

Judge rejects gym owner’s petition to reopen facilities

A Virginia judge has rejected a petition from a gym owner who sought to reopen his facilities despite an executive order requiring the closure of fitness centers and other nonessential businesses.

  Virginia elective surgeries, dental procedures to resume Friday

But there are major changes to how those types of non-emergency medical procedures are carried out.

Hearing scheduled for lawsuit challenging Va. business shutdown penalties

A lawsuit challenging Governor Northam’s authority to impose criminal penalties on businesses and people under Executive Order 53 will be the focus of a court hearing Thursday in Culpeper County.

U.S. Supreme Court tosses gun case as Kavanaugh urges future debate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a landmark Second Amendment ruling in a closely watched gun rights case, but set the stage for future legal battles.

Henrico County temporarily changes polling locations in retirement, long-term care communities

Henrico County Board of Supervisors announced that a public hearing will be held to temporarily change polling locations that are in retirement communities and long-term care facilities.

Sen. Warner’s new proposal would help laid-off workers

U.S. Senator Mark Warner has a proposal he says would benefit workers laid off during the coronavirus pandemic

Northam signs order to protect healthcare workers from lawsuits

Governor Ralph Northam has issued an executive order to protect doctors and nurses from malpractice lawsuits as they fight the coronavirus pandemic.

  Governor, Richmond mayor tour COVID-19 free testing site

Virginia’s Governor and Richmond’s mayor are touting the importance of “testing for all.”

Northam open to idea of reopening business on regional basis

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he is open to the idea of opening businesses in southwest Virginia before the rest of the state as he weighs when coronavirus restrictions can be lifted.

  Lynchburg judge says Virginia’s governor can’t close a gun range

A Lynchburg Circuit Court judge says the state's governor can't close a gun range.

Judge rules Virginia gun range can open amid virus closures

A judge has ruled that a Virginia gun range must be allowed to open to customers despite a statewide executive order requiring nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Governor postpones May elections in response to COVID-19

Governor Ralph Northam has postponed the May General and Special Elections by two weeks, from May 5, 2020 to May 19, 2020, using his authority as governor.

Sen. Warner horrifies internet with mayo-heavy tuna melt

Virginia’s senior senator is jumping on the bandwagon of public figures releasing videos from home during the pandemic.

Gym owner suing Virginia gov. represented by state senators

Two Republican state senators in Virginia are representing a gym owner who is suing the state’s governor for closing down his gyms amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Virginia lawmakers agree to four-month delay for minimum wage hike

The General Assembly narrowly agreed to a four-month delay for the state’s first minimum wage increase in more than a decade.

  'You need to open the state back up’: Protesters urge Northam to reopen Virginia’s economy

The demonstration includes cars and people on foot circling Capitol Square who are against the extended closure of non-essential businesses.

Northam refutes social media rumors of him traveling to Outer Banks

Governor Ralph Northam’s Office is responding to rumors circulating on social media that he is violating his own stay-at-home order.

Lawmakers vote to delay wage hike, raises because of virus

The coronavirus pandemic is upending a Virginia legislative session, as mask-wearing lawmakers meet under a giant tent outside the Capitol and car horns blared nearby from protesters unhappy with mandated business closings.

Virginia lawmakers to meet in unusual circumstances during pandemic, including a protest

The Virginia General Assembly is set to reconvene Wednesday under trying times.

Stoney announces $5.8 million aid package for emergency housing

Mayor Levar Stoney announced Tuesday that the city will make more than $5.8 million in funding available for emergency housing needs during the pandemic.

Majority of Virginians support policies passed during General Assembly, according to a statewide poll

According to a poll by the Center of Public Policy at VCU’s Wilder School, a large majority of Virginians support the policies that were passed during the General Assembly.