818 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths reported in Virginia | Positivity rate at 7.2%

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 95,867 total positive coronavirus tests throughout the state Thursday - a 818 case increase since Wednesday.

Great American Outdoors Act to fund much needed maintenance projects at Shenandoah National Park

Former Virginia House speaker eyes gubernatorial run

Northam signs Virginia Fairness in Lending Act

Virginia’s Capitol Square closing ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

Bill proposes more authority to Va. General Assembly during state of emergency

Sen. Mark Warner discusses schools reopening during virtual town hall

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Northam faces 15-point approval drop as governors across the country face growing pandemic fatigue

Riggleman considering run for VA Governor

  ‘His memory always makes me smile’: Virginians remember John Lewis

  Virginia lawmakers meet to discuss police training and mandatory minimum sentencing

  ‘We cannot tolerate that as a city’: Richmond city leader, police call for an end to violent riots

  Richmond City Council makes decisions on criminal justice reform

Northam urges Virginians to prepare for hurricane season amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Virus prompts drop in new voter registrations in Virginia

Fewer new voters are registering to vote in Virginia because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reports indicate that new voter registrations are significantly lower compared with the two most recent presidential elections.

Reminder: New animal cruelty laws ban tethering in extreme heat

Heat can be deadly to animals, and a new Virginia law creates serious consequences for leaving animals outside without adequate food and water.

Trump boat parade held along Grand Strand

The route is set to head north up the waterway toward Barefoot Landing.

Governor on COVID-19 data: Virginia to take additional steps if ‘numbers don’t come down'

Former Gov. Douglas Wilder to discuss Korean War experience in virtual event

  Contact tracing driving Virginia Governor’s COVID-19 watch

  California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

  US Mint: ‘We need your help’ by using exact change when making purchases

Historic conservation bill aims to boost Virginia parks and tourism

  More parents opting for home schooling amid pandemic

With school districts across the commonwealth announcing their decision to open virtually for the start of the 2019-2020 school year amidst concerns over the pandemic, more parents are deciding to take education and safety matters into their own hands by enrolling their children into home school.

  Virginia lawmakers press VSP Superintendent on policy reform

The head of the Virginia State Police went before state lawmakers as they kickoff a series of police reform meetings leading into a special session of the Virginia General Assembly.

Civil Rights hero John Lewis changed America by making ‘good trouble’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the country had lost “one of the greatest heroes of American history.”

The rent is coming due. Will Congress offer more relief as it gets back to work?

The nation’s political leaders return to the capital this week with their sights on a fifth — and perhaps final — round of coronavirus relief before the November elections.

Northam signs legislation easing transitions for military families

Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation on Thursday that expedites the licensing process for military spouses.

Northam: Virginia General Assembly to hold August special session

Gov. Ralph Northam is calling a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to convene in August. The session will focus on budgeting, criminal justice and police reform.

Nick Freitas wins 7th District GOP nomination

Del. Nick Freitas will be on the ballot to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District in this November’s election, after winning a majority of delegates in the district’s GOP convention this afternoon.

Gov. Northam signs in-state tuition equity bill

It officially took effect on July 1.

Virginia delegate announces 2021 run for lieutenant governor

A state delegate in Virginia is now running for lieutenant governor.

Spanberger hosting telephone town hall on COVID-19 in Virginia

U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger will be hosting a telephone town hall on the challenges facing Central Virginia patients, providers, and healthcare systems as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

Sen. Warner works on a bill to expand economic opportunity post-COVID-19

Senator Mark Warner wants billions of federal dollars to go toward loans and grants to help low-income and minority communities overcome the recent economic crisis.

  Richmond’s new police chief talks about past challenges and new ones

The 51-year-old, from Charlotte, North Carolina, says an independent review is underway of the department’s handling of more than 40 days of protest and unrest including the use of force.

Del. Jay Jones announces bid for Virginia Attorney General

A Virginia Democrat is announcing his bid to be the state’s next attorney general.

Gov. Northam announces $34 million investment to update Port of Virginia with clean energy

Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Friday that Virginia will use $34 million toward electric and clean energy options at the Port of Virginia and other sites across the commonwealth.

  Push to change historic markers with Confederate image on Fan District homes

Nearly all confederate monuments in Richmond have come down, but residents in the fan say they are still concerned about confederate iconography that can still be found on the front steps of hundreds of homes on Monument and Stuart Avenue.

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

  Goats hired to cleanup Virginia Governor Mansion grounds

Goats are now working on the steep hill behind the Governor’s Executive Mansion.

Gov. Northam holds ceremonial bill signing for gun legislation

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Underneath a hot independence day sun with a rifle over her shoulder, outspoken Senator Amanda Chase lead a peaceful rally at the entrance if Capitol Square for 2nd amendment rights Saturday afternoon.

On This Day: Virginia Convention adopts state seal

The theme of the seal is from the ancient Roman mythology investing the importance of civic virtue.

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

The re-election campaign for President Donald Trump is flying banners over 13 cities this weekend, including Virginia Beach.

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

On this day, America declared its independence, but it's also the day that marks the the passing of presidents Adams, Jefferson, and Monroe.

  How Richmond plans to pay for removal of monuments

With confederate monument removal on pause for the holiday weekend, many of you are asking about how the City of Richmond is paying for all the work.

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

The funds will support 14 projects and 790 affordable housing units

With special session likely, lawmakers spar over criminal justice reform

Virginia Democrats are promising to tackle criminal justice reform when lawmakers return to Richmond for a special session of the General Assembly.

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

Chelsea Clinton has tweeted her support of changing the names of the schools in Hanover County named after Confederate generals.

Northam announces more than $10.3 million to support affordable housing

Governor Ralph Northam announced on more than $10.3 in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for 14 projects that include new constructions and rehabilitation of 790 affordable housing units.

Virginia has some new rules on the roads

Virginia has a few new rules on the road that aim to keep people safer.

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

After weeks of unrest, the demands of protesters are now turning into new policy for Richmond City Council.

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

Late Saturday afternoon, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney officially introduced Gerald Smith as the city’s new police chief. Smith made the 300-mile trek from the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department where he served as the deputy chief.

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

Democrats in the Senate outlined an expansive criminal justice reform agenda Friday they say their 21-member majority has agreed to pursue during a coming special session of the General Assembly.

Northam to participate in virtual ‘Global Pride 2020’ event

Governor Ralph Northam will join LGBTQ+ activists and world leaders for a virtual Pride event in response to other events that have been canceled due to COVID-19.

  Candidates for Richmond Mayor talk campaigning during COVID-19

There are plenty of names in that hat, all vying for your vote during a health pandemic.

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

Three joint hearings will take place to discuss reforms that the body can move forward with during the Special Session Governor Northam intends to call in 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.