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VDH: 634,325 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 10,458 deaths

Check here for the latest Virginia Department of Health statistics on the status of COVID-19 in Virginia.

Virginia’s Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine allocation set to dip by over 100k doses next week

Daughters of Confederacy now in possession of Jefferson Davis chair held for ransom

More than $6.3M in GO Virginia grants to support economic growth

Stafford County Animal Shelter seeks donations for duck in wheelchair

4 accused of getting pandemic jobless benefits for inmates

Parole board controversy to linger, despite outside investigation

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VDH to pilot rapid testing program in schools

Virginia groups react to President Biden’s gun control measures

Henrico school board chair resigns following controversial social media post

Owner of Richmond assisted living facility federally indicted for allegedly stealing $800K in residents’ benefits

Glitch in state’s vaccine system registers wrong vaccine to teens

Free service launched to help families work through FAFSA

VEC to reinstate weekly search for work requirements

The Virginia Employment Commission will be reinstating the weekly search for work requirements for applicants in the near future.

New law in Virginia bans gay and trans panic as murder defense

Virginia is the first state in the South to ban gay and trans panic as a defense for murder or manslaughter. The bill was introduced by openly transgender Delegate Danica Roem.

  General Assembly sets marijuana legalization for July 1

The Virginia General Assembly just approved Governor Ralph Northam’s efforts to speed up marijuana legalization.

Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport to get federal funding

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced 11 airports across the commonwealth will split more than $19 million in economic relief.

Pharrell wants federal probe into police shooting of cousin

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

Virginia Tech to host in-person commencement for Class of 2020

FEMA to help pay funeral costs for COVID-19 related deaths

CDC: Outbreaks linked to youth sports and extracurriculars

Police investigating possible connection between two deadly shootings in Richmond

American Sign Language now available for Virginia’s vaccine call center

The Virginia Department of Health announced on Tuesday that American Sign Language capabilities are now available at the state’s vaccine call center.

CDC awards Virginia $77 million to expand COVID-19 vaccine programs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the commonwealth $77,125,694 million to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake by expanding vaccine programs.

5 Democrats running for Virginia governor to meet for debate

The five Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for Virginia governor are set to meet for the first televised debate of the primary season.

  Gubernatorial candidate weighs in on likely removal of Charlottesville’s confederate statues

Businessman and gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder made a stop to Michael’s Diner and Restaurant in Albemarle County Monday, April 5.

U of R Board of Trustees suspends decision to keep building names

The board announced yesterday it will reevaluate that decision.

Virginia school system eyes post that mocked George Floyd

News outlets report Roanoke County Schools is looking into the photo in which Chauvin’s face is covered by the logo of Cave Spring High School, while the logo of Hidden Valley High School covers Floyd’s face.

VDH hiring for positions in ongoing COVID-19 response efforts

As the fight against COVID-19 continues, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is hiring people to help in its response efforts.

  Updated Virginia laws aim to end HIV stigma

Virginia is modernizing its HIV exposure laws, with Governor Northam signing SB1138 in an effort to end the stigma around the disease.

Dominion Energy leader dies day after stepping down from position

Dominion Energy’s former chairman, president and chief executive officer, Thomas F. Farrell, II, died one day after stepping down from his leadership role with the company.

  2 bills designed to help Virginians with special needs signed by Gov. Northam

Getting pulled over by the police can lead to tense situations, especially if the driver is hard of hearing, or has autism, for example. That’s why Del. Rob Bell introduced House Bill 1960.

Ad campaign hopes to appeal to vaccine skeptics

Despite vaccination numbers going up, there are still some who are unsure about getting the shot.

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

VEC is investigating some reports from customers saying their banking information was changed without permission.

Suspect in deadly Capitol attack was Christopher Newport University graduate

Police identified the suspect as 25-year-old Noah Green, and say he rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife. One of the officers died.

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

The extra funding will also deliver operational and technical resources to new and returning child care providers.

  Caught on Camera: Deer crashes through school bus window, lands on student

It was anything but an average school bus ride early Thursday, April 1.

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.

  Virginia Supreme Court sides with Charlottesville over Confederate statues

The Virginia Supreme Court is siding with Charlottesville in the legal battle over Confederate statues.

University of Richmond to hold in-person commencement ceremonies

The University of Richmond will hold in-person commencement ceremonies this spring.

  Charlottesville-area representative backs Northam’s marijuana legalization amendments

Delegate Sally Hudson is praising Governor Northam's new marijuana legislation proposals, saying they are very likely to pass.

Gov. Northam: Virginia to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults by April 18

Governor Ralph Northam says all Virginians 16 and older will be eligible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus starting April 18.

Pfizer says vaccine effective for 12-15 year olds

In an announcement Wednesday, Pfizer says data from a late-stage trial shows the efficacy rate in its vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 was 100%.

Gov. Northam approves Voting Rights Act of Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam has approved the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which provides protection against voter suppression, discrimination or intimidation.

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

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed a bill that will require car manufacturers to sell a certain percentage of electric or hybrid vehicles. The goal is to reduce air pollution.

Giant Food: 152 pharmacy locations now offering COVID-19 vaccine

Giant Food says all of its in-store pharmacies in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C. are now offering the coronavirus vaccine to eligible residents.

Two-dozen billboards pay tribute to Henrico teen, Lucia Bremer

Roughly two-dozen billboard images have been placed all over the state from Richmond to Virginia Beach in memory of Lucia Bremer, according to Lamar Advertising of Richmond.

Virginia governor seeks to accelerate marijuana legalization

People 21 and over in Virginia could legally possess and grow small amounts of marijuana beginning in July under changes the governor is proposing to legislation the General Assembly passed this year.

  Republican Party of Virginia to have 37 convention sites for nominating process

The Republican Party of Virginia just landed on its nominating process to select its statewide candidates. The party hopes this will allow more voters to participate, but former 5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman says he’s still unsatisfied.

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

Gov. Northam has signed a $3.7 billion deal with Amtrak and CSX Transportation that officials say will break loose a major East Coast chokepoint and allow for a dramatic expansion of passenger and commuter rail.

11 million recalled Takata airbags still on US roads

There are 11 million vehicles in the US, ranging in age from 2002 to 2015, that still have deadly Takata airbags inside the steering wheel.

Evictions continue in Virginia despite federal moratorium

Evictions are continuing in Virginia despite a nationwide moratorium by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  New fund coming out soon for restaurants impacted by COVID-19

Restaurants will soon have an opportunity to receive money to help get them through this pandemic with a new program through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Mechanical issue causes tractor-trailer to catch fire on I-95

Virginia State Police said a tractor-trailer fire has shut down Interstate 95 north and south in Spotsylvania County.

Pharrell identifies man shot, killed by police in Virginia Beach as cousin

Recording artist and Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams says the man shot and killed by police at the Oceanfront was his cousin.

CDC extends moratorium on evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended their eviction moratorium through June 30. It was previously scheduled to end on March 31.

New website available to help victims of unemployment insurance fraud

The pandemic has led to historic levels of unemployment, which required the speed and flexibility of federal programs to get money to those who need it as soon as possible.

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.

No COVID-19 vaccine option for the homebound in Roanoke Valley

The Local Office On Aging serves thousands of seniors throughout the Roanoke Valley, and now they are taking on another mission: helping elderly citizens get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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.

Missing 78-year-old Chesterfield man found safe

Authorities say Joseph Max Losee, who was last seen on Sunday, has been located and is safe.

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.

Police identify gunman killed in weigh station shootout

State police have identified the gunman who sparked a deadly shootout at a weigh station in King George County.

Race to vaccinate intensifies as new COVID-19 variants emerge in Va.

Two new variants from California are now in the commonwealth. Health practitioners are now in a race to get more people vaccinated before emerging variants infect them.

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.

  Charlottesville area continues to see rise in home prices

Housing prices in the Charlottesville area continue to rise as more and more people are searching for homes while the number of houses going on the market decreases.

Virginia to receive over $79 million to support health centers

The health centers will be able to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatments as well as focus on services to those who have a higher risk for COVID-19.

Va. Tech and UVA researchers collaborate on new COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech have teamed up to develop a new vaccine to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

VSU removing names from four campus buildings

Virginia State University has announced it will remove the name from four buildings on campus.

First cases of B.1.427 and B.1.429 COVID variants reported in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health has announced the first cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variants B.1.427 and B.1.429 in samples collected between December 2020 and February 2021 from Virginia residents.

Suspect dead, 2 others injured following officer-involved shooting a Va. weigh station

State police said a suspect is dead and two others were injured following an officer-involved shooting at a weigh station in King George County.

Va. health care workers answer COVID-19 vaccine questions in series of videos

The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association have released a series of videos featuring Virginia’s frontline health care workers answering common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

‘No man left behind:’ Farmville detective organizes service for Vietnam veteran

A detective from the Farmville Police Department organized a funeral service for a Vietnam veteran that passed away in January.

  Grant making its way to Virginia localities to assist with pandemic recovery

A grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development aims to help low and moderate income Virginians make it through the pandemic.

Final report finds no motive in Virginia Beach mass shooting

The city’s report is unlikely to satisfy at least some of the victims’ families.

Funeral to be held for Vietnam veteran after no family claims remains

Robert Garrad Jr. died back in January, and detectives later learned no family came to claim his body.

Health officials urge Virginians not to travel to vaccination centers without an appointment

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Department of Health are urging individuals not to travel to a Community Vaccination Center without an appointment.

Shenandoah National Park announces opening dates for spring

Spring is here, so that means facilities at Shenandoah National Park are starting to open.

Police: 20 people arrested for soliciting sex from minors online, social media in Chesterfield

Police say 20 people were arrested during a two-day operation for soliciting sex from minors online and through social media platforms.