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Health officials seek to block Trump rally in Virginia

A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump goes forward Friday evening.

  Voting in person during COVID: What you need to know

Bipartisan bill to help reduce and prevent veteran suicide heads to president’s desk for signature

Biden has five-point lead in Virginia ahead of Trump, according to poll

  Warner, Gade meet in first debate of Senate race

Trump holding campaign rally in Virginia Friday

Kaine, Warner announce more than $7.7M in funding to combat human trafficking

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Bill to end mandatory jail time for assaults on police fails

VCU aims to increase registrations on National Voter Registration Day

  Double absentee ballots accidentally sent to some Henrico voters

Northam announces plans to refinance college bonds

  GRTC offering riders access to absentee voting polls

Stoney proposes funding source for Affordable Housing Trust Fund

  Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

In court papers filed Tuesday, the Trump administration suggested the court hear arguments in the case in December, potentially with a new justice appointed by the president in place.

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick by Friday or Saturday; 4th Circuit judge on list

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would announce a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by either Friday or Saturday.

UVA Center for Politics says an Arizona Senate race could affect Supreme Court seat

The showdown between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill over the vacant Supreme Court seat left due to the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues.

Report: Order to shorten count wasn’t made by Census Bureau

The report by the Office of Inspector General did not identify who made the decision to shorten the 2020 census from the end of October to the end of September, but it said bureau officials confirm it was not made by them.

  Virginia election officials say your vote is safe from hackers

Mayor Stoney suggests shuttle service to Registrar’s Office for early voting

When and where to vote early in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield

Virginia female lawyers, lawmakers remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Augusta Commonwealth’s Attorney appointed to determine future of investigation into Stoney’s confederate monument removal

3 dozen orders issued with Virginia’s new “red flag” gun law

Vigil honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg planned for Sunday in Richmond

The vigil, planned through a Facebook event, is slated for Sunday, Sept. 20, from 7:30-8:30 p.m at the Federal Courthouse at 701 Broad Street.

  ‘Those of us who are still here need to grab that torch up and be notorious’: Virginia ACLU director remembers Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Virginia chapters Executive Director Claire Gastañaga says she owes her career to Ruth Bader’s Ginsburg’s legacy on the Supreme Court and decades fighting against gender inequality.

Gov. Northam recognizes Clean Energy Week in September

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a state proclamation on Friday which made Virginia the 17th state to recognize Clean Energy Week.

Democrats raise over $31 million after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

Democrats raised more than $31 million in the hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.

Ginsburg to be remembered with statue in her native Brooklyn

A statue of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be built in her native Brooklyn.

Northam orders state flags to be flown at half-staff after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies

Governor Ralph Northam has ordered Virginia state flags to be flown at half-staff following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  Legal analyst explains next steps following Justice Ginsberg’s passing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already promising lawmakers will consider President Trump’s nominee to replace late justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Long lines accompany start of early voting in Virginia

Lines of voters stretched hundreds deep in northern Virginia and other parts of the state on the first day of early voting in the 2020 presidential election.

Virginia lawmakers react to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

The United States Supreme Court announced Friday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87 of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, and now Virginia lawmakers are reacting to her death.

Virginia House bill to guarantee free school meals to students advances to Senate

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill this month to provide free school meals for 109,000 more public school students in the commonwealth.

Sen. Mark Warner votes in Alexandria as Virginia opens early voting

Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) cast his ballot Friday in Alexandria, on the first day of early voting in the commonwealth.

Steady stream of voters as early voting kicks off in Virginia

Friday, long lines of people were the scene at voter registrar offices across Central Virginia as people began to cast their ballots.

  Early in-person voting kicks off Friday in Virginia

Early in-person voting starts Friday, Sept. 18, and the Registrar’s office said they are ready for thousands of people to cast their ballots.

  How to track your absentee mail-in ballot in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Elections has launched a new absentee mail-in ballot tracker to allow voters to follow their ballots before receiving them, and after they’re sent back to the registrar, to make sure they're processed.

Gov. Northam casts vote on first day of early voting in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam has cast his vote on the first day of the state’s 45-day early voting period.

What you need to know ahead of November’s election

Election Day will be here before you know it, so here is everything you need to know leading up to Nov. 3.

Virginia Supreme Court denies Kanye West’s appeal to get on ballot

The Virginia Supreme Court denied rapper Kanye West’s appeal to be on the November ballot.

Poll of Virginia voters favors Biden; shows mixed support for mail-in voting

A poll released this week by the Virginia Commonwealth University L. Douglas Wilder School of Government shows presidential candidate Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner leading by double-digit margins in the commonwealth.

  Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

  Indecision 2020: What to expect about ballot returns on Election Night

Those in the know say November 3 will likely be the beginning, not the end, of the vote count.

Virginia Senate weighs conditions for early release

When should Virginia inmates get a second chance? And who should qualify for early release?

Virginia Senate panel kills paid sick leave COVID-19 bill

A Virginia Senate committee has killed legislation that would have required employers to provide up to two weeks of paid sick leave for workers who have to quarantine because of COVID-19.

Virginia’s electronic gaming machines face ban next year

More than 9,000 electronic gaming machines are currently in circulation in Virginia. But state lawmakers have said the machines will be banned next year.

Kaine blames G.O.P for no COVID-19 aid package

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine says G.O.P is holding up bi-partisan talks to come up with a new COVID-19 aid package.

Virginia Senate passes bill to provide utility debt relief

The Virginia Senate passed a bill to provide relief for those dealing with utility bill debt during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Northam: State is prepared for unprecedented election and absentee voting

During a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday afternoon, Northam said the State Department of Elections is prepared for November and the expected high number of absentee votes, either by mail or in-person.

Stoney administration projects $13.75M net surplus at close of FY2020

The Stoney administration is now projecting a net surplus of $13.75 million at the close of FY2020.

SCC grants Northam’s request to extend utility shutoff moratorium

The State Corporation Commission has granted Gov. Ralph Northam’s request to extend the moratorium of utility service disconnections through Oct. 5.

Transgender students from Virginia, Florida, score victories in landmark lawsuits

Transgender teen Andrew Adams used the boys bathroom, which aligned with his gender identity, when he enrolled as a freshman in 2015 at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Audit commission recommends eliminating Virginia’s coal tax credits

Virginia’s coal tax credits, some of the state’s largest economic incentives, “generate negligible economic benefits” and “no longer appear relevant” in a world where natural gas is rapidly displacing coal, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission told legislators.

  Decision 2020: Checking in with Chesterfield County ahead of November

Chesterfield County goes over the need for poll workers and how they're staying safe.

Watchdog review finds issues with Virginia’s costly incentive programs

Several of Virginia’s publicly funded economic development incentive programs have limited benefit and either need to be overhauled or eliminated, according to a new report published Monday by the state’s legislative watchdog agency.

Efforts falter to require schools to provide in-person options

An effort to require Virginia school districts to provide in-person classes to students with poor internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic is most likely dead.

Stoney proposes extending deadline for tax relief for elderly, those living with disabilities

Mayor Levar Stoney is expected to introduce an ordinance to extend the eligibility deadline for the 2020 Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled program to Oct. 30.

USPS sends vote-by-mail postcard to households

The mailing comes in the aftermath of questions about whether the agency was up to the task and questions from the White House about the validity of mail-in and absentee voting systems in various states.

Cruz urges Department of Justice to investigate Netflix film ‘Cuties’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wants the Department of Justice to investigate Netflix over the film “Cuties.”

Who is on your ballot in Richmond?

In-person absentee ballot voting opens in Virginia on Sept. 18. Before you head to the registrar’s office, here’s a look a who’s on the ballot in Richmond.

Central American refugees stopped by Trump, then by pandemic

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, only about 338 of the 2,700 Central Americans approved to come to the U.S. through a small refugee program have been able to travel.

  Presidential campaigns take to virtual courting of Virginia voters

Here in Virginia, political experts say we may see a virtual drop in from the presidential campaigns, but don't expect much more than that.

Trump campaign hosting fireside chat with Ivanka Trump in Wilmington on Monday

Ivanka Trump is heading to Wilmington on Monday for a ‘fireside chat’ as part of President Donald Trump’s campaign. The event will be moderated by Secretary Hogan Gidley at 1 p.m. on Monday.

  Virginia lieutenant governor enters race for governor

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has formally kicked off his campaign for governor, a year after he faced two allegations of sexual assault.

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

The Chiefs chose to stay on the field for the national anthem while the Texans decided to remain in the locker room.

Prosecutor looking into the origins of Russia probe resigns

Nora Dannehy was a top prosecutor on an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin.

Challenger to QAnon supporter bows out of race in Georgia

Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal bowed out of the race for “personal and family reasons."

Virginia lawmakers push to expand police decertification law

Virginia lawmakers are pushing for changes to make it easier to decertify problem police officers and more difficult for them to hop from department to department.

Senators Warner and Kaine announce more than $35M for affordable housing

More than $35 million in federal funding will be heading to dozens of localities around Virginia.

Paid quarantine leave bill passes Virginia House, heads to Senate for approval

The legislation will head to the Senate for final approval and still requires the governor’s signature if passed by both chambers.

House advances MARCUS alert bill

The House of Delegates approved a bill Thursday that would create teams of mental health service providers and peer recovery specialists to accompany police officers responding to individual crises.

  Decision 2020: Breaking down the potential for voter fraud in Virginia

One of the most controversial changes made by some states to voting procedures amid the pandemic- universal mailing of ballots- is not happening in Virginia. However, there were some other changes made in the Commonwealth that caused initial pushback.

Law enforcement groups share concerns of police reform legislation under consideration

These groups said changes do need to happen, but acknowledge it’s going to take some time and a lot of resources.

Russian hackers targeting U.S. campaigns, Microsoft says

Most of the infiltration attempts by Russian, Chinese and Iranian agents were halted by Microsoft security software and the targets notified.

Lawsuit: EPA fails to enforce Chesapeake Bay pollution caps

A lawsuit argues that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to ensure that Pennsylvania and New York are doing enough to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Richmond Voter Registrar’s Office moves to new location

Friday will mark a special dedication in Richmond as the city’s voter registration office is moving from City Hall and into a new home.

Virginia Senate passes sweeping police reform package, votes down qualified immunity roll back

The Virginia Senate passed a sweeping police reform package on Thursday during a special session.

Northam eases COVID-19 restrictions in Hampton Roads

Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday that the Hampton Roads area will join the rest of the state in Phase Three of reopening.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to file for governor run

Lieutenant Gov. Justin Fairfax plans to make his run for governor official this week.

Pence thanks military, reflects on 9/11 during visit to VMI

Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) for an event that will be closed to the public.

Senate GOP emergency relief plan leaves out direct aid to states

Senate Republicans unveiled their latest coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday but were met with swift objections from Democrats.