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Over 263,000 Virginians receive COVID-19 vaccine | 943k+ doses distributed statewide

So far, more than 263,000 Virginia residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health..

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How you can help name The Virginia Zoo’s new baby giraffe

About 2,400 Virginia National Guard members in DC leading up to inauguration

Henrico police seek information after resident receives racist letter in mail

All clear given following bomb-threat at Virginia Supreme Court Building

VEC: Renewed CARES Act unemployment benefit programs delayed

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Searchers for truck driver in Chesapeake Bay will use sonar

VDH releases new guidance on reopening PreK-12 schools

Vaccine In Virginia: Dr. Danny Avula discusses COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Piedmont Health District to begin Phase 1b vaccinations Tuesday

DOJ announces new webpage for U.S. Capitol riot related charges

Rocky Mount officials release statement on police officers charged with federal offenses

VDH says additional Walgreens locations to offer antigen testing

The Virginia Department of Health announced Thursday additional Walgreens locations will provide Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing at no cost for those who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Virginia Democrats seek to censure Sen. Amanda Chase

Chesterfield state Senator Amanda Chase is facing a possible censure in the Senate following her involvement in last week’s rally-turned-insurrection at the United States Capitol.

National Guard: “We are not logistically able to accept donations of any kind.”

The National Guard announced it can not logistically accept donations of any kind for its members in Washington D.C. ahead of the presidential inauguration.

Powerball draws $2 million, $100k winners in Virginia

Two Virginia residents have won the $2 million and the $100,000 Powerball prizes.

  Mega Millions prize soars to $750 million

Preparations around Capitol Square being made ahead of potential demonstrations

  Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley lawmakers split along party lines on impeachment

  Respiratory disease expert shares why flu spread has been minimal this season

Va. delegate files legislation to establish school remediation task force

Federal charges filed against two Virginia police officers

Federal agency approves pipeline path through forest

The U.S. Forest Service has approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s proposed route through part of the Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia and Virginia.

Dead dog found inside crate at Richmond park

Richmond Animal Care and Control is searching for information after a dead dog was found inside a crate at Byrd Park.

Update: AMBER Alert canceled for baby last seen in Louisa County

The Virginia State Police announced early Wednesday, January 13, that the AMBER Alert has been canceled. Authorities say the child has been safely located, and the alleged abductor is in custody.

General Assembly session opens Wednesday

The regular session of the Virginia General Assembly will open Wednesday with a host of high-profile issues on the agenda.

Former DMV employee sentenced for role in bribery conspiracy

According to prosecutors, Bruce A. Biondo, 64, of Mechanicsville, was the former Program Manager of the VRTP.

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

The Virginia Department of General Services said all planned permitted demonstrations for Monday, which is Lobby Day, are canceled at Capitol Square.

  Senator Tim Kaine calls out President Trump, says security plan at U.S. Capitol abysmal

Senator Tim Kaine sat down with UVA Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato and recounted his experience during last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Chesterfield nurse wins $150k in Powerball jackpot

A Chesterfield nurse has won the $150,000 Powerball jackpot.

VEA President urges all-virtual instruction until teachers vaccinated

The President of the Virginia Education Association is calling for public school systems to shift to all-virtual instruction until staff members can be vaccinated.

VDH releases tool to determine eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine

The Virginia Department of Health has released a new tool to help Virginians determine their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine, and when they might be able to get it.

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

A State of Emergency has been declared in Richmond due to credible threats of planned protest leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Jan. 20.

Hopewell police say woman attempted to drown child in river

Hopewell police say a woman attempted to drown a child in the Appomattox River Monday morning.

Rockbridge schools install special air cleaners with CARES funds

When students return later this month, they’ll not only be social distancing, but experiencing some the of the cleanest air found anywhere.

Mechanicsville dog set to debut in 2021 Puppy Bowl

The 17th annual Puppy Bowl is set to go on just ahead of the Super Bowl.

AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine study seeking minority participants

Clinical Research Partners in Henrico is conducting the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trials in the metro area and desperately needs more people of color to get involved.

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

Leaders from Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. are encouraging Americans not to travel to the nation’s Capital for President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration and instead ask that people join virtually.

How to hunt down your $600 delayed COVID stimulus payment

The IRS confirmed early in the month that there are some snags with the second round of COVID-19 stimulus payments.

  Gas prices jump in first week of 2021

According to AAA Virginia, gas prices have risen 8 cents per gallon in the past week. The average price in the commonwealth Monday, January 11, is $2.19 a gallon.

Red Cross urges coronavirus survivors to donate life-saving convalescent plasma

As the pandemic continues into year two, convalescent plasma from COVID survivors is in increasingly high demand.

Forest Service allows Mountain Valley Pipeline project to move ahead

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its decision updating an environmental analysis that allows the construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline on 3.5 miles of the Jefferson National Forest.

  What’s the state of the Republican Party?

With President Donald Trump acknowledging president-elect Joe Biden’s victory, NBC29 took a deeper look at the state of the Republican Party.

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

The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus released statements calling for the resignation of Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield).

New state law requires permit for some boating access sites

The Virginia General Assembly passed a law that went into effect on Jan. 1 that requires people using state boat landings to have some type of permit.

Jaywalking violations no longer enforceable come March 1

Jaywalking is defined as crossing at a part of a street or road that is not the designated crosswalk.

  Ski slopes see busy holiday season, say COVID-19 regulations are working

Massanutten and Wintergreen reporting high numbers of ski ticket purchases despite COVID-19 limitations.

‘I was not part of the disgraceful attack at the Capitol’: Richmond Food Truck Association President resigns after comments made on social media

The President of the Richmond Food Truck Association has resigned after comments made on social media following the violence at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

Dog tied to fence recovering, staffers looking for owners to press charges

The dog who was tied to the fence at Colonial Heights Animal Shelter is expected to make a full recovery after being found severely malnourished.

  “There need to be consequences”: Rep. Spanberger calls for accountability for lawmakers who objected to election results

7th District Representative Abigail Spanberger is calling on the people who attacked the U.S. Capitol, and the people who incited them, to be held accountable – including her colleagues in the House and Senate.

VDH: Next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations to start in northern, western VA

Starting on Jan. 11, select health districts around Virginia will begin vaccinating groups of people in Phase 1b.

  Virginia gubernatorial candidate faces Facebook restrictions after false claims

Republican state Sen. Amanda Chase said Facebook has blocked her from making posts or comments on the social media site for 30 days.

Dumfries gambling hall opening in northern Virginia

Northern Virginia’s first licensed gambling operation is opening up to the general public.

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.

Liberty University sues state over budget amendments

The complaint alleges that amendments to Virginia’s 2020 budget wrongly exclude online students from receiving the Virginia Tuitions Assistance Grant.

Senior Alert canceled for missing man with cognitive impairment

Virginia State Police have issued a Senior Alert on behalf of the Arlington County Police Department for a missing man who suffers from a cognitive impairment.

VDH labels Capitol riots a superspreader event

Health experts with the Virginia Department of Health fear the ramifications of the deadly riots at the capitol won’t just be political.

  Virginia lawmakers past and present react to violence at U.S. Capitol

Virginia’s congressional delegation was in the eye of the storm as insurrectionists swarmed the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Now, they are picking up the pieces – literally in some cases – and promising to hold those responsible accountable.

  Charlottesville law experts, activists compare violence at Capitol to Unite the Right rally

Activists and law experts reflect on the events of August 2017 and compare them to the Capitol siege on Wednesday.

  Terry McAuliffe and Kirk Cox react to unrest in Washington

Two of Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates also weighed in on Wednesday’s events in Washington D.C.

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.

FBI, police seek to identify those involved in violence at Capitol

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects involved in the violence that took place in the United State Capitol building.

Kaine, Warner urge removing President Trump from office before inauguration

Senator Mark Warner has joined Senator Tim Kaine (both D-VA) in urging the use of the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office before the January 20 inauguration of Joe Biden.

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.

Gates at Capitol Square reopened with limited access

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

How to claim stimulus money in your tax returns for new dependents in 2020

If you had a baby or gained any new dependents under the age of 17 from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020, you may be eligible to get stimulus money you initially missed out on.

Northam issues State of Emergency in Virginia; sends help to DC

Gov. Ralph Northam said he is sending personnel to assist in Washington D.C. as protesters in support of President Donald Trump have stormed the United States Capitol.

VEC releases timeline for implementing renewed unemployment benefits programs

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) has released new information on when extended and enhanced unemployment benefits will begin to rollout.

Virginia lawmakers respond to violence at US Capitol

Several Virginia lawmakers were in Washington DC, all working to certify the election results when the violent rioters stormed the United States Capitol.

  Albemarle Co. hears VDOT Quarterly Report

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors got an update from VDOT Tuesday January 6 on some major projects in the county.

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.

Search continues for driver of truck that plunged into bay

The initial, multi-agency search for Erik Mezick was called off last week by the Coast Guard. Mezick went over the side of the bridge-tunnel in a box truck on Dec. 29.

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.

Senator Mark Warner addresses the pandemic and certifying election results

Senator Mark Warner took questions from reporters Tuesday in a virtual press conference. He shared his thoughts on everything from the presidential election to the pandemic.

Colonial Heights Animal Services asks for information after dog abandoned at facility

Colonial Heights Animal Services is asking for the public’s help in finding whoever is responsible for abandoning a dog at the facility.

Medical students write letter to VCU Health regarding vaccine plan

Virginia Commonwealth University medical students wrote a letter to the CEO of VCU Health after they say they learned there are no plans to vaccinate them for COVID-19 for at least 60-90 days.

  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.

Virginia stimulus checks are being garnished despite new state law

Kacey Moss wants answers. The 28-year-old is frustrated because a creditor is holding up her latest payment of federal stimulus money.

Richmond police identify suspect injured in officer-involved shooting

Richmond police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on New Year’s Eve.