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VEC: Renewed CARES Act unemployment benefit programs delayed

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) says there has been a delay in implementing the unemployment benefit programs through the “Continued Assistance to Unemployed Workers Act of 2020”.

Commonwealth’s Attorneys show support for bill removing death penalty in Virginia

Del. Rob Bell discusses his seven bills for the 2021 General Assembly session

Virginia Democrats seek to censure Sen. Amanda Chase

Richmond mayor urges people to avoid downtown on Lobby Day

Gov. Northam provides update on COVID-19 vaccinations in Virginia

Preparations around Capitol Square being made ahead of potential demonstrations

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  Governor Northam gives his final State of the Commonwealth address

Va. delegate files legislation to establish school remediation task force

Virginia releases Dec. 2020 revenue report

Trial unlikely for Virginia man accused of killing parents

General Assembly session opens Wednesday

Demonstrations in Capitol Square canceled Monday, protective wall to go up

House and Senate lawmakers receive threat assessment about Virginia Capitol

Law enforcement agencies across Virginia are preparing for potential protest and unrest in the coming days. That includes downtown Richmond, home to the Virginia Statehouse.

VCU to start spring semester virtually

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Virginia Commonwealth University said students will begin the spring semester virtually.

Sen. Kaine, colleagues announce bill to end federal death penalty

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), along with Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), announced a bicameral bill Tuesday, Jan. 12, to end the federal death penalty.

Lawmakers push for stronger oversight of Dominion’s rates

A group of Virginia lawmakers is set to push for stricter regulatory oversight of the state’s dominant electric utility, saying Dominion Energy’s customers have overpaid billions of dollars.

VDH releases tool to determine eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine

State of Emergency declared in Richmond due to credible threats of potential protests

Virginia, Maryland, DC leaders urge Americans not to travel for Inauguration

Children’s Hospital of Richmond receives $2 million donation

VCU Police search for arson suspect

Virginia Senate Democrats call for Sen. Amanda Chase’s resignation

Virginia leaders pay tribute to US Capitol Police officer killed in Wednesday’s violence

Several of Virginia’s political leaders are paying tribute to US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, killed in the line of duty during violent protests at the Capitol Wednesday.

Judge dismisses Election Day violation charges against Sen. Morrissey

A judge has dismissed charges against Virginia Senator Joe Morrissey related to Election Day 2019.

Governor Northam considering year-round schooling for Virginia students

Governor Ralph North announced Wednesday the possibility of year-round school to help offset the loss of learning because of the pandemic.

VCU Health suspends all visitation to patients with limited exceptions

As COVID-19 cases across central Virginia continue to increase, VCU Health is suspending all visitation to adult patients.

Governor Northam orders VSP and National Guard to remain in Washington

During the darkest moments on Wednesday in Washington, Virginia stepped up to the plate.

City of Richmond to distribute PPE to small businesses

The kits are specifically designed for small businesses to provide as safe as possible an experience for employees and customers.

Gates at Capitol Square reopened with limited access

Virginia General Services announced the gates at Capitol Square have reopened with limited gate access.

Gov. Northam holds COVID-19 briefing Jan. 6

Governor Ralph Northam held a briefing Wednesday, January 6, to provide updates on the commonwealth’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and discuss vaccination plans.

Citizens chosen for Virginia bipartisan redistricting panel

A panel of judges has selected eight citizens who will join eight legislators on a bipartisan commission that will redraw Virginia’s legislative boundaries for the next decade.

Democrats hold Virginia House seats in special elections

Democrats have held on to two Virginia House seats in special elections.

  Charlottesville, Albemarle County prosecutors call for criminal justice reform laws

Prosecutors in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are among those leading the charge for criminal justice reform in Richmond

  Gubernatorial candidate Cox discusses election, COVID-19 recovery plan

Republican candidate for governor Kirk Cox is weighing in on the fight brewing on Capitol Hill over certifying the election results. He’s also discussing elements of his COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Coalition pushing for paid sick days for essential workers

As the pandemic continues to impact communities in Virginia, The Virginians for Paid Sick Days Coalition is pushing to expand access to paid sick days for essential workers.

TSA: Woman becomes first person in 2021 to be caught with loaded gun at airport

The Transportation Security Administration says a woman has become the first person in 2021 to be caught with a loaded gun at Richmond International Airport.

Regulators get plan for undoing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The developers of the now-canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline are laying out plans for how they want to go about unwinding their work and restoring disturbed land.

Office of Attorney General expands to create Civil Rights Office

Under this new organization, the Office of Civil Rights will grow to a staff of 13, including seven attorneys and six professional staff, including investigators, working to protect Virginians’ civil rights and put a stop to violations.

  Candidate McAuliffe raises $6.1M in bid to reclaim governorship

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe has so far raised more than any other candidate running in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

Mayor Stoney gets sworn in for second term as Richmond’s mayor

Mayor Levar Stoney has been sworn in for a second term as Richmond city’s mayor.

Commonwealth’s Attorneys Platania, Hingeley join call for criminal justice reforms

Charlottesville and Albemarle County’s commonwealth's attorneys are participating in a letter to the General Assembly, calling on state legislators to take up criminal justice reform in the upcoming session.

Minimum wage increase in Virginia is delayed until May

Minimum wage workers in Virginia will be waiting a few more months before seeing a pay increase.

Virginia state senator dies from COVID-19 complications

Virginia State Senator Augustus Benton (Ben) Chafin, Jr. died of COVID-19 complications on New Year’s Day.

  A rundown of Virginia’s new laws going into effect Friday

2021 is finally here, and with the new year comes new laws throughout Virginia. The Virginia General Assembly passed several bills in 2020 that go into effect Friday, January 1.

Delegate Lee Carter announces run for Virginia governor

Delegate Lee Carter formally announced Friday his intention to run for Governor of Virginia on the 2021 Democratic ticket.

Virginia’s AG: Creditors can’t touch your stimulus

Any day now, many of you will begin receiving the $600 stimulus check approved under the COVID-19 relief bill.

New law removes online option for concealed carry permit

A new state law in Virginia will change the requirements for obtaining a concealed gun permit.

“It’s scary to have your life tied to a single drug:” January to bring relief for diabetics in Virginia

Since 1996, the cost of a single vial of insulin has ballooned nearly 1,200%. Virginia's General Assembly passed a bill that caps the copay for insulin at $30 for a 30-day supply. The law takes effect January 1.

Woman’s death prompts warning against celebratory gunfire

Police in Richmond, Virginia, are warning people against ringing in the new year with celebratory gunfire.

New unemployment benefits: What Virginians need to know

All of the CARES Act unemployment compensation programs are extended for 11 weeks through March 13, 2021.

Kirk Cox makes a stop in the Shenandoah Valley Wednesday

Virginia Candidate for Governor Kirk Cox talked COVID-19 relief, education and more Wednesday while campaigning in the Shenandoah Valley.

  Generation180 leading push for General Assembly to prioritize electric vehicle legislation

Dozens of nonprofits, businesses, and other groups across the commonwealth are asking lawmakers to push for electric vehicle legislation during the 2021 General Assembly session.

More than 1,200 people apply for redistricting commission

More 1,200 people have applied for eight spots on the Virginia’s new redistricting commission. But the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the pool of applicants does not appear to reflect the state’s diversity.

Family of five displaced after overnight fire

Crews say a family of five has been displaced after an overnight house fire.

Fight for school construction funding to continue in General Assembly

20th District Senator Bill Stanley is hoping a third time’s the charm. He’s bringing back legislation that would help improve outdated schools across the commonwealth and he says 2021 might just be the year the General Assembly says yes.

Sister of man shot by police enters Virginia governor’s race

Princess Blanding, the sister of a Black man killed by Richmond police in 2018, has announced her candidacy for next year’s Virginia gubernatorial race.

Richmond solicits casino plans ahead of 2021 referendum

Officials in Richmond, Virginia, are asking organizations that hope to operate a casino in the city to submit their development plans.

VDH launches dashboard for COVID-19 vaccine

The new information will keep the public informed about the numbers of COVID-19 vaccines distributed and administered in Virginia and will be updated daily.

2 medical cannabis companies serving Virginia to merge

Two medical cannabis companies serving Virginia have agreed to merge.

Gov. Northam announces temporary changes to Virginia’s unemployment insurance

Gov. Northam announced temporary changes to Virginia’s Unemployment Insurance Program that will support workers and businesses throughout the commonwealth who have been affected by the pandemic.

Central Virginia health care workers make holiday plea as hospital rates increase

Frontline health care workers in central Virginia are making a plea before the holidays. They want you to be mindful of your plans with COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in the commonwealth.

CARES Act money used to improve broadband access in Virginia

More than 50 cities and counties across Virginia are using $30 million allocated by the state for projects designed to increase access to high-speed internet.

VCU Medical Center changes visitor policy as COVID-19 hospitalizations increase

Following Thanksgiving, VCU Medical Center has seen a “drastic increase” in patients being admitted with COVID-19.

Northam: 2021 focus must be on pandemic relief for Virginians

2020 was a challenging year, but Governor Ralph Northam says even more challenges are ahead as the state recovers.

Virginia removes Robert E. Lee statue from U.S. Capitol

A representative from the governor’s office was present for the removal along with United States Senator Tim Kaine and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton.

Northam announces grant funding to improve food access in underserved communities

Starting Friday, Dec. 14, until April 30, 2021, the application period for the Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFAIF) is open.

Governor Northam issues state of emergency due to winter weather

Governor Northam has issued a state of emergency to deal with winter weather, which is underway with Wednesday’s storm.

Governor’s proposed budget restores many earlier COVID cuts

Governor Ralph Northam’s 2021 budget aims to help Virginians navigate the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic, provide much-needed relief for working families, and position the commonwealth to quickly rebuild our economy.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring seeking re-election

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is running for reelection in 2021. Herring announced his bid for a third term early Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Virginia offers driver privilege card starting next year

The steps to obtain a driver privilege card vary based on a customer’s licensed driving history.

Richmond City Council votes to rename part of Jefferson Davis Highway

Richmond City Council voted Monday night to rename part of Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway.

  Northam thanks Electoral College voters for doing their duty, as votes cast for Biden, Harris

It’s official – Virginia’s 13 electoral votes have been cast for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Advocates, inmates want more from VADOC as COVID-19 spikes

Prisons are divided into “zones.” Inmates have been given personal protective equipment. Visitation is canceled. Testing has ramped up. Still, the positive COVID-19 cases continue to climb within Virginia prisons.

  Gov. Northam expands mask mandate, limits social gatherings to 10 people

Governor Northam has introduced new COVID-19 restrictions: Virginians should stay at home from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., wear masks in indoor and outdoor settings, and limit social gatherings to 10 people.

  Former Governor McAuliffe launches campaign to get job back

Terry McAuliffe is trying to get his old job back. “Today, I am proud to launch my campaign with my plan on the most important issue facing the next Governor: education.”

Holding a phone while driving will soon be illegal in Va.

It will soon be illegal in Virginia to hold a phone while driving.

Republican lawmakers sues over constraints of 2021 session

A GOP state senator in Virginia is suing over plans by Democratic leaders to limit public access to lawmakers’ offices during next year’s legislative session.

Gov. Northam to sign criminal justice, police reform measure

There is no word yet on exactly which bill will be signed today.

Biden/Harris get Virginia’s electoral votes; Northam’s signing makes it official

Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are getting Virginia’s 13 electoral college votes, per an official signing Tuesday by Governor Northam.

Virginia’s McAuliffe to make gubernatorial bid official

Terry McAuliffe is trying to get his old job back.