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Parole board controversy to linger, despite outside investigation

State lawmakers have ordered up a review of the Virginia Parole Board, but the controversy surrounding the board’s conduct and the adequacy of the investigation continues.

AG Herring, Va. NAACP launch effort to reform handling of officer-involved shootings in Va.

State lawmakers to reconvene to act on amendments

5 Democrats running for Virginia governor to meet for debate

‘Vax hawks’ help thousands in Central Virginia find vaccine appointments

Four charged in federal court in dog fighting operation

Richmond Fire Dept. rescues intoxicated man stuck on roof

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Police investigate homicide near VCU campus

Northam proposes funding for parole board review

Virginia lawmakers establish more LGBTQ protections

VEC: No evidence that systems were hacked as commission investigates reports of customer information being changed

Dominion filing kicks off first financial review in years

Gov. Northam announces additional funds will go to childcare, support for providers

Governor signs school opening bill without emergency clause

Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will move more schools toward in-person instruction, but it won’t take effect immediately.

Marijuana possession and cultivation could be legal by July

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam amended legislation to accelerate the legalization of marijuana possession and home cultivation in the state to July as opposed to 2024.

Virginia Asian communities, lawmakers react to rise in targeted violence

More than 60 people gathered recently in Southside Richmond for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the Atlanta shooting victims and to call attention to recent anti-Asian violence.

Hearing set in lawsuit over Virginia state senator’s censure

A federal judge is set to hear arguments about whether to dismiss a lawsuit from firebrand Virginia conservative Amanda Chase over her state Senate colleagues’ decision to censure her.

Gov. Northam approves Voting Rights Act of Virginia

New Virginia law to require sale of electric vehicles in order to reduce pollution

Virginia governor seeks to accelerate marijuana legalization

New Virginia law allows governor to extend voter registration deadline if online system is down

Virginia inks $4 billion deal with Amtrak, CSX to boost rail

Evictions continue in Virginia despite federal moratorium

Northam signs legislation creating tuition-free community college for low, middle-income students

Gov. Northam signed a bill Monday creating a program which makes tuition-free community college available to low- and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields.

Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition

Last month, Virginia lawmakers quietly passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology. But now some law enforcement officials are asking Gov. Northam to put the brakes on.

1 of the elite ‘Governor’s Schools’ sees uptick in diversity

One of Virginia’s “Governor’s Schools” has accepted more Black and Latino students in the wake of a push to increase diversity at the selective institutions.

Family of student who died to push for more anti-hazing laws

Family members of a Virginia college student who died after an alleged hazing incident said they’re still seeking justice.

Virginia House speaker calls for July marijuana legalization

Virginia’s House speaker says she supports moving up the date for legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana to this summer.

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Kirk Cox calls for election reforms

Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Del. Kirk Cox (R-Chesterfield) is calling for election reforms in the commonwealth.

Lawmakers create Asian American and Pacific Islander caucus

Members of the Virginia General Assembly have announced the formation of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus.

Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped in February, Gov. Northam says

The unemployment rate is 2.7 percentage points above the rate from one year ago.

Virginia governor signs legislation ending death penalty

Virginia has become the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed the historic legislation on Wednesday.

Bill aims to fix unemployment issues laid bare by pandemic

A bill that recently passed the Democrat-controlled General Assembly aims to fix several issues with Virginia’s unemployment system that were laid bare by the pandemic.

Governor Northam orders flags at half-staff in honor of Colorado victims

The flags of the United States and the state of Virginia are to be flown at half-staff in the wake of the tragedy Monday at a Boulder, Colorado supermarket.

  Gov. Northam: Some COVID-19 restrictions will be eased starting April 1

Governor Northam says things are going well so that some coronavirus restrictions will be eased.

Virginia’s new executive order calls for phase-out of single-use plastics

A new Virginia executive order aims to decrease plastic pollution and reduce the amount of solid waste going to landfills.

Voters choosing who will fill southwest Virginia Senate seat

Voters in southwest Virginia are casting ballots in a special election to fill the seat of the late state Sen. Ben Chafin. He died in January after contracting COVID-19.

State offers students free help applying for financial aid

Governor Ralph Northam says the state is offering free help to students and their families to apply for college financial aid.

Kaine and Spanberger sponsor new job training legislation

Two U.S. lawmakers from Virginia are teaming up to boost job training across the country. They say increasing access to career and technical education will help workers, businesses, and the economy as a whole.

Northam signs bill extending sale of cocktails to-go

Governor Ralph Northam has signed a bill that will allow distilleries, restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go through July 1, 2022.

‘Superheroes’ keep hungry Virginia students fed during pandemic

No Kid Hungry Virginia recently hosted a discussion with three administrators to highlight how their districts made school meals available despite the pandemic.

Three Attorneys General discuss rise of anti-Asian hate and violence

Three Attorneys General, including Virginia’s, will take part in an online discussion Friday about the rise in anti-Asian hate and violence.

Gov. Northam signs more of this year’s bills into law

Gov. Ralph Northam has signed another batch of bills into law, including a measure that aims to boost the sale of electric vehicles and one permitting the removal of a statue of segregationist Harry F. Byrd Sr. from Capitol Square.

Virginia adopts new legislation to protect migratory birds

The rule protects migratory birds from accidental killing, harm and habitat disturbance due to industrial, commercial and construction projects.

Virginia flags ordered at half staff in honor of Atlanta shooting victims

Flags representing the United State and the Commonwealth of Virginia will fly at half staff until sunset Monday.

Virginia college students reflect on COVID-19 anniversary

A survey of over 1,000 Virginia college students by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia found that 76% reported challenges to their mental health during the first months of the pandemic.

Statewide transportation available for children, adults experiencing mental health crisis

The new transportation services are now available statewide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Gov. Northam to allow more people to attend graduations in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam says crowd sizes will be increased for graduations in Virginia.

Cuomo crisis recalls Northam’s; supporters say no comparison

The political crisis engulfing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has triggered a flurry of comparisons to Virginia’s Ralph Northam.

Virginia Lottery online players win $400 million in 9 months

The Virginia Lottery says players have won more than $400 million since online game offerings were introduced less than nine months ago.

  Gov. Northam restores civil rights to over 69K Virginians

The governor announced Tuesday, March 16, that any Virginian released from incarceration will qualify to have their rights restored, even if they remain on community supervision. Many, including Charlottesville's Commonwealth's Attorney, applaud the move.

4 Democratic candidates for Va. governor to meet in forum

Four of the five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in this year’s race for Virginia governor are set to meet for an online candidate forum.

New Virginia law extends background check deadline for gun sales

On Friday, Governor Ralph Northam signed 80 bills into law, and one of those included House Bill 2128, which extends the background check deadline from three business days to five when purchasing a gun.

Northam kicks off Virginia Women Veterans Week

Governor Ralph Northam kicked off Virginia Women Veterans Week with a proclamation and video message to honor their service and sacrifice.

Gov. Northam, first lady receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Governor Ralph Northam and first lady Pamela Northam received their Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines Monday, March 15.

Vandalism at Hollywood Cemetery causes $200K worth of damage, Richmond police chief says

Richmond police are investigating vandalism at Hollywood Cemetery after tombstones were toppled over the weekend.

Virginia ranked in the top 10 places to live

Virginia has been ranked in the top 10 best states in the United States by the U.S. News and & World Report.

AAA: Gas prices in Virginia up 67 cents from a year ago

Virginia’s average is $2.74 today, which is up 9 cents from a week ago, and 34 cents from a month ago.

Northam declares Sunday, March 14 day of prayer, remembrance to honor those who died from COVID-19

Governor Northam declared Sunday, March 14, 2021, a day of prayer and remembrance to honor the Virginians who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Governor Northam signs 80 bills into law

“These new measures will support working Virginians, boost civic engagement, and help us continue building a stronger, more inclusive commonwealth,” Governor Northam said.

Governor praises President Biden’s signing of $1.9T American Rescue Plan

Governor Ralph Northam has released a statement praising the signing by President Joe Biden of the American Rescue Plan into law.

Appeals court takes up Fairfax’s defamation case

Appellate judges reviewing a defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax expressed concern that journalists gave an overly credulous reaction to two women who accused him of sexual assault.

How Virginia’s data protection law will affect consumers, businesses

Information technology experts say a new Virginia consumer data protection law could be more robust, but it will force businesses to rethink how they handle consumer data.

VEC releases key points for unemployment benefits under recently signed COVID-19 relief package

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) has released some details on how the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will apply for unemployment insurance benefits.

Virginia sorting through fine print on new stimulus bill

Officials from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s office say they are reading the fine print of the $1.9 trillion federal COVID-19 relief bill.

Gov. Northam provides briefing on COVID-19 in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam held a briefing Tuesday, March 9, on matters related to the coronavirus in the commonwealth.

Health districts in Richmond region expand Phase 1B vaccinations, VDH says

The Virginia Department of Health says more Phase 1b individuals in the Richmond-metro area are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines for COVID-19 vaccines, starting on March 8.

Virginia’s governor reflects on COVID-19 decisions, impacts and fallout

Governor Ralph Northam has high hopes about what is on the horizon, post-pandemic in Virginia.

Walmart, VDH to conduct vaccine clinics in Piedmont Health District

Walmart is coordinating with Piedmont Health District to call patients on the pre-registration list and schedule appointments for vaccination.

From booze to balloons, a wide range of legislative action

Virginia’s General Assembly has approved a collection of bills that will impact consumers.

Richmond Greek Festival for 2021 canceled

Festival organizer Andrea Baker says options for a different version of the festival are being explored.

Richmond monuments case could go to Virginia Supreme Court

People who want Confederate monuments to be returned to Richmond are trying to take their case to the Virginia Supreme Court.

New state jaywalking law goes into effect

Jaywalking has been a crime in Virginia for a century, but as of March 1, it will be a lot harder to be charged for it.

Former Roanoke City Sheriff Johnson announces run for Virginia governor

Former Roanoke City Sheriff Octavia Johnson announced Thursday she is seeking the Republican nomination for Virginia governor.

Lawmakers amend Virginia Human Rights Act; kill workplace harassment bills

The Virginia General Assembly passed several bills this session expanding employment protections for people with disabilities and domestic workers but killed a pair of workplace harassment bills.

Schools can opt for remote learning during inclement weather

Virginia lawmakers insisted there will still be snow days for public school students, though the General Assembly recently passed legislation allowing unscheduled remote learning during inclement weather.

Calls for change in Greek life grow in the wake of Adam Oakes’ death

Calls for change in the wake of Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Adam Oakes’ death rise as police continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

House delegates will get over $800K for expenses this year

Members of Virginia’s House of Delegates have collectively racked up more than $800,000 in per diem stipends that cover expenses that include travel and food.

Democrats: General Assembly session was historic, but there’s still work to be done

Democrats in the General Assembly say it was a historic session but there is still more work to be done.

VCU launches review of Greek life after student’s death

A former member of Greek life at VCU talks about the reactions from graduates after Adam Oakes was found dead over the weekend.

Virginia 10th state to pass domestic worker protections

The Virginia General Assembly passed multiple bills providing protections and benefits for the state’s domestic workers.