Governor Northam Announces New Office of Outdoor Recreation
Governor Northam Announces New Office of Outdoor Recreation

07/18/2019 Press Release from the Office of Governor Northam: ROANOKE—During an event held at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, Governor Northam today announced the creation of an Office of Outdoor Recreation to lead efforts to promote the outdoor recre

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Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Virginia STEM Education Commission
Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Virginia STEM Education Commission

Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Thirty-Six, establishing the Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Commission.

Wednesday, July 17th 2019, 11:27 AM EDT by John Early
Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory Issued in Orange, Louisa, Spotsylvania Counties
Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory Issued in Orange, Louisa, Spotsylvania Counties

Upper and Middle Pamunkey Branches as well as the Middle and Lower North Anna Branches of Lake Anna are experiencing a harmful algae bloom.

Tuesday, July 16th 2019, 3:55 PM EDT by John Early
Blackface Scandal Dampens Virginia Governor's Fundraising
Blackface Scandal Dampens Virginia Governor's Fundraising

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career.

Tuesday, July 16th 2019, 11:54 AM EDT
Gov. Northam Urges IRS to Make VA Beach Tragedy Donations Tax Deductible
Gov. Northam Urges IRS to Make VA Beach Tragedy Donations Tax Deductible

Governor Ralph Northam is urging the Internal Revenue Service to make donations to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund tax deductible.

Tuesday, July 16th 2019, 11:36 AM EDT by Chris Markham
Virginia Public School System Lifts Teacher Drug Tests
Virginia Public School System Lifts Teacher Drug Tests

A public school system in Richmond, Virginia, says starting next school year, they'll no longer require educators to take a drug test before being allowed to teach.

Tuesday, July 16th 2019, 11:09 AM EDT
Kaine Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Make U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Smoke-Free
Kaine Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Make U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Smoke-Free

U.S. Senator Kaine joined Senators Dick Durbin and Susan Collins to introduce bipartisan legislation to prohibit smoking at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Friday, July 12th 2019, 3:04 PM EDT by Hailey Wilt
Ex-Virginia Governor Pushes Back on Harassment Allegations
Ex-Virginia Governor Pushes Back on Harassment Allegations

Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is pushing back against sexual harassment allegations made by a student six decades his junior.

Friday, July 12th 2019, 12:32 PM EDT
Gov. Northam Announces Launch of James River Buffer Program
Gov. Northam Announces Launch of James River Buffer Program

Gov. Northam announced the launch of the James River Buffer Program, a partnership between VDOF and the James River Association to establish over 900 acres of “riparian forested buffers” in the Middle James region of the river.

Friday, July 12th 2019, 11:06 AM EDT by John Early
Senators Warner, Kaine Introduce Bill to Halt 'Cruel Treatment' of Children at the Border
Senators Warner, Kaine Introduce Bill to Halt 'Cruel Treatment' of Children at the Border

U.S. Sens. Warner and Kaine joined Sens. Merkley and Schumer in introducing legislation to put an end to the Trump Administration’s treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Friday, July 12th 2019, 10:52 AM EDT by John Early
General Assembly's Gun Control Session Ends Without Decision, Sen. Kaine Weighs-In
General Assembly's Gun Control Session Ends Without Decision, Sen. Kaine Weighs-In

Senator Tim Kaine is frustrated by the inaction from the General Assembly on gun control measures.

Thursday, July 11th 2019, 5:01 PM EDT by Moriah Davis
Virginia Humanities Announces $140,900 in Grants, 25 Nonprofit Organizations
Virginia Humanities Announces $140,900 in Grants, 25 Nonprofit Organizations

Virginia Humanities announces $140,900 in recent grants to twenty-five nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

Thursday, July 11th 2019, 12:28 PM EDT by Hailey Wilt
Inmate Who was Suing Fluvanna County Prison Over Poor Medical Care has Died
Inmate Who was Suing Fluvanna County Prison Over Poor Medical Care has Died

An inmate who was suing her Virginia prison over allegations of poor medical treatment has died.

Thursday, July 11th 2019, 12:12 PM EDT
Probe: Ex-Virginia Gov. Wilder Kissed Student without Consent
Probe: Ex-Virginia Gov. Wilder Kissed Student without Consent

An investigation has found that former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder did kiss a university student 66 years younger than he is without her consent.

Thursday, July 11th 2019, 10:46 AM EDT
New Campaign Strives to Increase Seat Belt Use
New Campaign Strives to Increase Seat Belt Use

With Virginia's unbuckled fatality rate at 52 percent, the Department of Motor Vehicles is pushing harder than ever for everyone to wear a seat belt.

Thursday, July 11th 2019, 9:19 AM EDT by John Early
Virginia DEQ Announces $88K in Grants for Citizen Monitoring
Virginia DEQ Announces $88K in Grants for Citizen Monitoring

Department of Environmental Quality has authorized $88,000 in competitive grants to support citizen volunteer water quality monitoring in Virginia.

Wednesday, July 10th 2019, 2:26 PM EDT by John Early
U.S. Appeals Court Sides with Trump in Lawsuit Involving Hotel
U.S. Appeals Court Sides with Trump in Lawsuit Involving Hotel

A federal appeals court has ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing President Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency.

Wednesday, July 10th 2019, 11:46 AM EDT
Virginia Reclaims “Top State for Business” Title in CNBC Ranking
Virginia Reclaims “Top State for Business” Title in CNBC Ranking

Governor Ralph Northam announced that CNBC has named Virginia America’s “Top State for Business” in 2019.

Wednesday, July 10th 2019, 9:45 AM EDT by John Early
Gun Control and Gun Rights Rallies held at State Capitol
Gun Control and Gun Rights Rallies held at State Capitol

Advocates for gun control and for gun rights showed up at the State Capitol Tuesday to represent their cause as the General Assembly meets for a special session to discuss gun control.

Tuesday, July 9th 2019, 12:11 PM EDT by Carly Kempler, Meghan Moriarty & Madison Jones
VSP: 2019 Independence Day Holiday Proves Deadly & Dangerous For Virginia Highways
VSP: 2019 Independence Day Holiday Proves Deadly & Dangerous For Virginia Highways

Preliminary reports indicate seven people died in six traffic crashes during the holiday statistical counting period that began on July 3 and concluded at midnight July 5.

Tuesday, July 9th 2019, 3:52 PM EDT by John Early
Special Session to Debate Gun Laws Adjourned, Pushed to November
Special Session to Debate Gun Laws Adjourned, Pushed to November

Virginia lawmakers held a special session in Richmond Tuesday to debate and vote on new gun laws, but within two hours Republicans moved to adjourn, pushing things off until November.

Tuesday, July 9th 2019, 11:16 AM EDT by Henry Graff
VDGIF: Operation Dry Water and Enhanced Boating Safety Claims Success in Virginia
VDGIF: Operation Dry Water and Enhanced Boating Safety Claims Success in Virginia

Conservation Police Officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were very busy over the Independence Day weekend.

Tuesday, July 9th 2019, 10:16 AM EDT by John Early
Herring Continues to Defend Virginians’ Healthcare Against Trump Administration’s Lawsuit
Herring Continues to Defend Virginians’ Healthcare Against Trump Administration’s Lawsuit

Oral arguments to be held Tuesday in Trump-backed lawsuit to kill the Affordable Care Act; If suit is successful 642,000 Virginians could lose coverage and 3,441,400 Virginians with pre-existing conditions would lose their protections.

Tuesday, July 9th 2019, 8:34 AM EDT by John Early
Va. Lawmakers Prepare for General Assembly Special Session on Gun Safety
Va. Lawmakers Prepare for General Assembly Special Session on Gun Safety

The gun control battle is heating up in Virginia as activists on both sides of the debate prepare to see what state lawmakers might do.

Monday, July 8th 2019, 9:41 PM EDT by Emmy Freedman & Pete DeLuca
Larry Sabato Offers Insight into Upcoming General Assembly Special Session
Larry Sabato Offers Insight into Upcoming General Assembly Special Session

UVA's Center for Politics is giving us a look ahead at what we might see as a result of the General Assembly's special session on July 9 when lawmakers take up gun control legislation.

Monday, July 8th 2019, 5:29 PM EDT by Emmy Freedman & Lowell Rose
VSP Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Rockingham Co.
VSP Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Rockingham Co.

The Virginia State Police is investigating an incident from Sunday night that left a Rockingham County resident deceased.

Monday, July 8th 2019, 9:32 AM EDT by John Early
Special Session on Guns Expected To Be Contentious
Special Session on Guns Expected To Be Contentious

Virginia lawmakers are set to assemble Tuesday for what will likely be a contentious legislative session on gun laws.

Sunday, July 7th 2019, 3:57 PM EDT