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  Richmond Convention Center to be used as field hospital in COVID-19 response

With a surge of COVID-19 cases expected in may, the Greater Richmond Convention Center will become a place to treat non-coronavirus patients.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner holding digital town hall about coronavirus

Group protests closing of shooting ranges amid coronavirus

  What Virginia’s ‘stay-at-home’ order means for you

  Attorney gets client out of jail over COVID-19 concerns; state pushes effort

  '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

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  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

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

Absentee voting begins in Virginia town elections

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

  Virginia daycare operations ordered to follow crowd control order

Governor Ralph Northam orders all daycare operations in the state to comply with 10 people or fewer order.

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

Voting access was a top priority for the General Assembly’s new Democratic majorities, which sent a package of election-related legislation to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk.

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.

  ‘We all want to end this pandemic’: Northam bans gatherings of 100+ people as coronavirus cases rise in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam is banning all gatherings of 100 people or more statewide as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.

New budget plan has raises for teachers, state employees

Richmond City Council will discuss Air BnB regulations

Lawmakers pass bill allowing Confederate monument removals

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

Virginia General Assembly caps insulin prices at $50 a month

Fact-checking a debate over controversial immunization legislation

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.

  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.

  ‘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.

New printing company to open in former Colortree facility

The former Colortree facility in Henrico, which shut down in June 2019, will soon reopen under a new company that's hiring more than 200 employees, many of them former Colortree workers.

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

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

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.”

  Virginia Defense Force joins election cybersecurity fight

Virginia National Guard troops are helping to secure Virginia's elections this November.

Virginia lawmakers vote to loosen restrictions on welfare, end ban on assistance for drug felons

The General Assembly passed a package of legislation this week to loosen restrictions on food and cash assistance programs for the poor.

  House approves increasing felony grand larceny threshold to $1,000

Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill to raise the threshold for felony grand larceny from $500 to $1,000.

Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss gun control bills

A Senate Judiciary Committee will be discussing numerous gun control bills today.

Democrats push to update school immunization schedule over objections from antivaxxers, GOP

A legislative proposal to conform the state’s immunization requirements to federal guidelines is advancing over outspoken opposition from a contingent of Republican lawmakers and anti-vaccine parents.

Gov. Northam announces new funding to preserve farmland

Albemarle County will get a chunk of change from the governor’s office to protect its farm and forest land.

$15 minimum wage, paid sick days hang in balance as Democrats debate labor priorities

The Senate ultimately settled on a regional approach that would only guarantee $15 an hour to workers in Northern Virginia, and not until 2027.

U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger convenes two-day tour focused on Civil Rights

Spanberger will be using the tour to prioritize marginalized, underserved and discriminated communities.

Lawmakers support raises for teachers, state employees

Virginia state employees and public school teachers could soon be getting raises and bonuses.

Governor: strong economy means more money for state budget

By law, about $112 million of that extra money is designated for the state’s reserves.

Virginia Democrats at odds over terms of Confederate statue removals

House lawmakers called the new rules unnecessary.

In five weeks, Virginia Democrats reshape decades of state policy

At the halfway point of a hectic, 60-day legislative session, Virginia’s new Democratic majorities are dismantling decades of Republican-approved policy and advancing a broad progressive agenda.

Va. House Democrats protest opening prayer as conservative pastor condemns abortion, gay marriage

Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, ultimately ended the prayer by banging her gavel and moving right into the Pledge of Allegiance.

Virginia becomes first southern state to pass sweeping LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill

National human rights groups heralded Thursday’s vote as a historic breakthrough that makes Virginia the first state in the South to enact such protections.

Would Virginia’s red flag law withstand constitutional scrutiny? In other states, similar laws already have.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have some form of a red-flag law, many of them adopted after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan

U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country.

Senate subcommittee rejects energy competition proposals

A Senate subcommittee on Wednesday voted down proposals to expand retail competition in Virginia’s energy markets.

Democratic AGs sue to force US to ratify ERA

Three Democratic state attorneys general are suing a U.S. government official seeking to force him to recognize Virginia’s vote this week to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and certify the measure as part of the Constitution.

  Court hears request to proceed with Trump travel ban cases

A federal appeals court appeared skeptical as civil rights groups sought to allow legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries to move forward.

Virginia House OKs undoing GOP-backed abortion restrictions

The Virginia House has approved legislation to undo Republican-backed restrictions on abortion.

Governor Northam wants to improve driver safety, modernize transportation system

This package will make roads safer by establishing a Virginia Highway Safety Improvement Program and will implement proven safety policies.

Virginia House advances gun control measures

A Democratic-led House committee voted Friday for several pieces of gun legislation that a Republican majority has blocked for years.

  Legislation to reverse abortion restrictions in Va. moves forward

Legislation to reverse decades of abortion restrictions in the Commonwealth is moving forward.

Virginia General Assembly working on bill that would elect President based on popular vote

The Virginia General assembly is working on passing a bill that would elect a President based on popular vote, instead of Electoral College.

Miss America, Camille Schrier, attending Pharmacy Day at General Assembly

Miss America will be attending Pharmacy Day at the General Assembly.

Gov. Northam to make community development announcement in Charles City County

Governor Ralph Northam will be making a community development announcement in Charles City County.

Virginia Senate advances bill to scrap Lee-Jackson holiday

The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation to scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals.

Virginia Senate advances ‘red flag’ gun law, despite rally

The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

Hundreds of workers, lawmakers to demand increase in minimum wage at rally

Hundreds of workers and lawmakers will rally to demand an increase in the minimum wage at State Capitol.

  Here’s what you need to know before Monday’s Rally; State of Emergency in full effect ahead of rally

Governor’s Northam’s State of Emergency is now in effect which bans all weapons from Capitol Grounds. The ban comes as tens of thousands of people are expected to show up Monday both for and against guns. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” State Senate Representative Ryan McDougle said.

Supreme Court upholds firearm ban on Capitol Square

The Supreme Court of Virginia denied the petition and upheld Gov. Northam’s firearm ban on Capitol Square.

  Northam declares state of emergency, Capitol weapon ban ahead of gun rights rally

One official says the Democratic governor plans to announce the plans at a news conference Wednesday afternoon because of credible threats of potential violence and extremism.

  Thousands of pro-gun supporters expected to rally at State Capitol

About 4-dozen busses will ferry in rallyers from around the Commonwealth.

  LGBTQ groups rally for anti-discrimination bill

Bill would expand anti-discrimination laws to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity".

New legislation could allow school nurses to administer inhalers to students in emergencies

Students with asthma could be breathing easier soon. New legislation in the Virginia General Assembly with local ties would let school nurses carry and administer inhalers to students in emergencies.

Senate committee advances gun reform bills

Bills would mandate universal background checks, reinstate state's one gun per month law, impose "red flag" laws.

Medical cannabis facilities set to open in the Commonwealth by mid-summer

There will be five processor plants each located in a health service area of the Commonwealth. Aaron Lopez is the public affairs director for the facility located in northern Virginia.

Absentee voting for Presidential Primary starts next week

Absentee voting for the Presidential Primary starts next week.

Virginia senator wants Congress to stand between president and war

Conflict with Iran triggers controversy in Congress, as lawmakers once again weigh when a president can take action without their permission.

  Gov. Northam outlines his goals during State of Commonwealth address

Governor Northam delivered his State of the Commonwealth address tonight. He highlighted his goals for the 2020 General Assembly session now that Democrats have won control of both the House and Senate.

Second Amendment Sanctuary push aims to defy new gun laws

More than 100 counties, cities and towns in Virginia have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”

Planning begins for statue honoring 14 African American Civil War heroes on Monument Avenue

The Honor the 14 Foundation is planning to raise millions of dollars in private donations to commemorate the 14 African American Civil War heroes who were each awarded the Medal of Honor.

  Spanberger holds town hall in response to impeachment inquiry

Congresswoman Abigial Spanberger talked with voters today during a town hall meeting at J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico with much of the discussion centered around this week’s impeachment inquiry hearings of the president.

  Gun-owners react to Dem-controlled legislature at 45th ‘Richmond Gun Show'

Thousands of Second Amendment-supporters attended the Richmond Gun Show at the Richmond Raceway Saturday, which is the second-largest show of its kind in Virginia. But on the mind of the enthusiasts - the outcome of last Tuesday’s election.

  Va. lawmakers react to death of former Gov. Gerald Baliles

“We’ve lost a giant in the Commonwealth."

Elizabeth Warren to host town hall in Norfolk

The event will be open to the public, but tickets need to be reserved for the event.

  Meet Linnard Harris Sr., candidate for 66th House District seat

Linnard Harris Sr. is a veteran, former police officer, entrepreneur and substitute teacher.

Virginia tax refund checks are in the mail - so don’t throw them out

The House of Delegates and Virginia Senate are sending identical bills to the governor that will provide $420 million in tax rebates.

  Virginia Senator faces criticism after online rape comment

Virginia Senator faces criticism after online controversial rape comment.

  Bill gives harsher punishment for murder against law enforcement officers

Senate Bill 1501 demands that any person, 18 or older, who is convicted of capital murder of a law enforcement officer or public safety official must get a mandatory minimum sentence of no less than life in prison.

  Fairfax maintains innocence, calls for prompt investigation

Two women, Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredeth Watson, accused Fairfax of sexual assault.