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.

Virginia law prohibits keeping dogs tethered outside in extreme weather

New voting laws could mean changes for some voter registrars

  Demonstrators shift focus towards monuments during Senator lead 2nd Amendment Rally

On This Day: Virginia Convention adopts state seal

Trump re-election banners flying over Virginia Beach July 4th weekend

On This Day: The deaths of three U.S. presidents

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  How Richmond plans to pay for removal of monuments

Gov. Northam announces more than $10 million for affordable housing in Virginia

With special session likely, lawmakers spar over criminal justice reform

Chelsea Clinton tweets support of changing names of Hanover schools named after Confederate generals

Northam announces more than $10.3 million to support affordable housing

Virginia has some new rules on the roads

Marijuana is now decriminalized in Virginia. Here’s what that means.

Possessing small amounts of marijuana is still illegal in Virginia, but as of Wednesday, the maximum penalty for people caught with an ounce or less the drug has been reduced to a $25 civil fine.

Virginia is now in phase three of Gov. Northam’s reopening plan | Here are the guidelines

Phase three began on Wednesday, July 1.

A roundup of new Virginia laws taking effect in July

Each year, many of the bills passed by Virginia’s General Assembly and signed into law by the governor are set to take effect on July 1.

RPV announces date, safety methods for State Convention

The Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee decided the date and location for the Quadrennial State Convention.

  Richmond City Council set to introduce police policy reform Wednesday

  ‘I’m listening, we want to make this department better': Newly appointed Richmond police chief officially introduced

Senate Democrats release six-point plan for criminal justice reform in Virginia, House Dems plan hearings

Northam to participate in virtual ‘Global Pride 2020’ event

  Candidates for Richmond Mayor talk campaigning during COVID-19

Joint hearings on police, criminal justice reforms to be held in July, August

Richmond Federal Reserve president weighs in on economic recovery

On Thursday, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond shared his opinion with members of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  Monument Avenue residents upset over noise, threatening chants after midnight

For several nights residents of the Fan District and Monument Avenue residents have been complaining about blaring horns, helicopters overhead, and threatening chants from demonstrators hours after midnight.

Sen. Warner, Daniel Gade discuss upcoming 2020 election battle

Republican Daniel Gade won Tuesday’s Virginia Senate primary race. He’s challenging Democratic Senator Mark Warner – who is up for re-election this year.

Judge denies lawsuit challenging new one-handgun-a-month law

Several gun-rights groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Virginia’s new one-handgun-a-month law.

  Richmond City Councilors cite public safety concerns over new push to remove Monument Ave. statues

As protesters in the City of Richmond take matters into their own hands, city councilors are concerned confederate statues are becoming a public safety issue.

Democrats block GOP’s ‘weak’ police reform bill

Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people of color.

On This Day in 1788: Virginia enters statehood

Learn more about Virginia’s journey to becoming a state on our 'How We Got Here' podcast.

  Virginia Legislative Black Caucus announces policies, proposals in special session

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) will be announcing policies, proposals and priorities in regards to social and political change in a special session.

Virginia Democratic Party urges voters to defeat redistricting reform amendment

The Democratic Party of Virginia is officially urging voters to oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan redistricting commission that, if approved in November, would redraw the state’s political maps starting in 2021.

  DECISION 2020: Virginia primary election results

Polls have closed in Virginia, where voters are choosing Republican and Democratic nominees for various congressional races in low-key primary elections.

Rematch set in hotly contested Virginia congressional race

The stage is set for a fierce rematch for what was one of the most hotly contested congressional seats in the country two years ago.

  COVID-19 pandemic forces changes to Va. Primary Day

In Henrico, for example, anyone who chose to vote in person was required to take their pens and folders with them after casting their ballots.

  Richmond officials ‘optimistic’ about moving into Phase 3 on July 1

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is ushering the state into the final stage of his “Forward Virginia” reopening plan.

Virginia laws combating racial inequalities go into effect in July

Several laws aimed at addressing racial inequality in Virginia will go into effect on July 1.

Councilman Mike Jones plans to introduce legislation banning flashbangs, tear gas, rubber bullets

Richmond Councilman Mike Jones said he plans to introduce legislation that would ban the use of flashbangs, tear gas and rubbery bullets in the city.

  What you need to know before voting in Virginia’s primary election

Virginia’s primary election will on Tuesday, June 23, but before you head to the polls - here’s what you should know.

Parking restrictions to be in place near polling locations in Richmond

There will be parking restrictions near polling locations in Richmond during the primary election on June 23.

Stoney outlines plans to reconstruct, reform city policies on public safety

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney presented his “local roadmap for reimagining public safety” at an informal meeting of Richmond City Council.

Va. Republicans holding primary to challenge Sen. Mark Warner

After the coronavirus crisis delayed voting in Virginia, Tuesday is finally the re-scheduled Election Day. Voters will decide which Republican candidate will go up against Democratic Senator Mark Warner in November.

City of Richmond Registrar holding ‘drive up and drop off’ for absentee ballots

The Office of the General Registrar of the City of Richmond will be holding a ‘drive up and drop off’ curbside event for absentee ballots.

Senate GOP unveils police reform bill that draws Democratic rebukes

Senate Republicans unveiled a police reform bill Wednesday that takes a markedly different approach to police reform efforts backed by congressional Democrats.

  Va. lawmakers take up national policing reforms

From Capitol Hill to Richmond, leaders are weighing how to resolve tensions between communities and police departments.

  Richmond unrest curfew-only violators say their charges aren’t being dropped

Those swept up in curfew-only violations during unrest in Richmond are concerned about the mixed messages they're now getting from those in charge.

Virginia Democrats are meeting this weekend for their nominating convention

Virginia Democrats are meeting this weekend for their nominating convention

No big-name Republicans to challenge Warner for U.S. Senate

For the second time in two years, no big-name Republicans in Virginia are bothering to try and win a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Northam says new facility will process hemp and CBD oil

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced that a company will invest more than $3 million to establish the state’s first large-scale facility to process hemp and to extract CBD oil.

  Demonstrators offer wide array of protests at the Lee Monument

Thursday night’s demonstration at the defaced Confederate monument had a different vibe.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg endorses Mayor Stoney

The endorsement is Stoney’s first major public endorsement.

Northam announces marketing aid for tourism businesses impacted by COVID-19

Governor Ralph Northam announced new marketing funds for destination marketing organizations impacted by COVID-19.

Democrat McClellan announces bid to be Virginia governor

A Virginia state senator is launching a bid to be the state’s next governor, which if successful would make her the nation’s first African-American woman to ever lead a state.

Dr. Jill Biden to hold virtual event on Virginia education

Jill Biden will hold virtual listening sessions on Joe Biden’s plan for an effective and safe re-opening with educators, students, and parents in Virginia and North Carolina.

  Congresswoman helps get Midlothian man home from India during pandemic

What was supposed to be a routine trip to India turned into a nightmare for Paul Kochar. Kochar leaves the states for a month every year to attend a meditation retreat. Getting there was no problem, but getting back home during the COVID-19 pandemic proved near impossible.

On this day: Watergate break-in sparks political change

The scandal revealed abuses of power by President Richard Nixon, who eventually resigned.

Virginia AG seeks dismissal of lawsuit over Lee statue

Virginia’s attorney general says a lawsuit seeking to stop the governor’s plan to remove a large statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond should be dismissed.

Justices revive permit for pipeline under Appalachian Trail

The Supreme Court sided with energy companies and the Trump administration Monday in reinstating a critical permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross under the Appalachian Trail.

Democratic Party of Virginia to hold virtual state convention

The Democratic Party of Virginia will hold its state convention virtually this week as they choose delegates to attend this year’s national convention.

GOP congressman who officiated gay wedding loses primary

A freshman Virginia GOP congressman who angered social conservatives in his district when he officiated a gay wedding lost his party’s nomination.

On this day: U.S. Rep. Scalise shot during Congressional baseball practice

On June 14, 2017, gunfire erupted at a baseball field in which lawmakers were preparing for the annual charity Congressional baseball game.

Loudoun gun range loses legal bid on virus restrictions

A judge has rejected a request from a Loudoun County gun range that sought to loosen the restrictions imposed under Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive orders to mitigate spread of the coronavirus.

Va. House speaker promises action on police reform during upcoming special session

A top Virginia Democrat is promising quick action on police reform when the General Assembly reconvenes this summer for a special legislative session.

On this day: Bans on interracial marriage ruled unconstitutional thanks to a Virginia couple

On June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Virginia’s laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional, saying they violate the 14th amendment. The decision overturned bans on marriage on the basis of race in 16 different states.

Gov. Northam responds to calls to ‘Defund the Police’

In Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's Thursday press conference – his latest on the state's response to COVID-19 and, recently, the state's response to protests over the death of George Floyd and the resulting nationwide movement to address racial inequities – the governor was asked for his response

  Governor, Richmond Mayor urge people to stop removing statues for sake of public safety

With a third statue now off its pedestal in Richmond, a plea from Governor Ralph Northam directly to protesters, let the legal process play out.

GOP congressman at risk of losing seat over gay marriage

Freshman Virginia GOP congressman Denver Riggleman has a conservative voting record and the strong backing of President Donald Trump but is still in danger of losing his seat this weekend in a Republican nominating contest.

Virginia students told to expect different college life

Virginia students should expect a far different college experience when universities reopen to in-person classes in the fall.

Northam extends executive order expanding health care workforce

Governor Ralph Northam has extended an executive order allowing expanded use of telehealth and authorizes out-of-state licensees to provide in-state care at health care facilities.

Governor Northam announces $66.8M in emergency education relief funding

Governor Ralph Northam has announced Virginia schools will receive $66.8 million through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.

Herring files 3rd lawsuit against 26 drug makers, 10 executives

Attorney General Mark Herring joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing a third lawsuit against 26 drug makers and 10 executives for conspiracy to fix prices on more than 80 generic drugs.

Virginia Department of Elections announces CARES Act funding

The Virginia Department of Elections announced $9 million will be going towards the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security funding for the 2020 federal election cycle.

  Gov. Northam still confident Robert E. Lee statue will come down despite civil lawsuit filed

Governor Ralph Northam is expected to announce details on the plan to reopen K-12 public schools in Virginia during a 2 p.m. press conference Tuesday.

Rep. McEachin to U.S. House leaders: Ban military force against protesters

McEachin’s letter comes after his fellow Virginia Democrat, Sen. Tim Kaine, announced plans to introduce an amendment to the annual defense bill that would block President Donald Trump from deploying the military against protesters.

Northam appoints first African American judge to State Corporation Commission

Over four months after Judge Patricia West’s term expired, leaving the three-member State Corporation Commission short of one commissioner, Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed Jehmal Hudson to fill the vacant seat.

Northam announces temporary moratorium on evictions statewide

Governor Ralph Northam has announced a temporary statewide moratorium on evictions across Virginia.

  High school, college basketball coaches march against racial injustice

Saturday coaches from high schools, colleges, and universities gathered at the foot of the Arthur Ashe Statue on Monument Avenue to stand up for the young people they coach and push for equality and a better future. The group of coaches called themselves the 804 Coaches for Change which formed Monda

Richmond mayor candidate Alexsis Rodgers collects more than 2,500 ballot petition signatures

The signatures were collected over a six-day period.

Majority of Richmond City Council supports removing Confederate monuments

After Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said he would introduce an ordinance to have all the Confederate monuments on city land along Monument Avenue removed, a majority of council members said they would support the effort.

Virginia GOP Senate leaders say governor is wrong to remove Lee statue

Senate Republican leaders say Governor Northam is wrong to have the Richmond statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee removed from Monument Avenue.

New law means lower vehicle registration fees in Virginia, but added highway use fee

As part of a package of new transportation laws passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam this year, you can expect lower vehicle registration fees in the future.