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Lynchburg students won’t be back in school until October, board says

Students in Lynchburg won’t be going back to in-person classes until October. The decision was made Tuesday night by the Lynchburg School Board, citing the explosion of COVID-19 cases in the city in recent days.

Harrisonburg restaurants prepare for college students’ return

Kings Dominion amusement park to remain closed through 2020

Confirmed tornado touches down in Courtland, causes widespread damage

Isaias leaves destruction in Northern Neck through possible tornadoes

  Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

Virginia joins six-state agreement for rapid COVID-19 testing

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State superintendent waives school accreditation for 2021-2022 school year

Kroger Mid-Atlantic to relocate division office to Richmond

Richmond is open to ideas for future of Confederate statues

COVID-19 rapid testing prioritized, continuing problem

Third horse tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Virginia War Memorial seeking student essays for Veterans Day Contest

Virginia gov faces new hurdle in bid to remove Lee statue

A Virginia judge has dissolved one injunction but imposed another preventing Virginia’s governor from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

  UVA Miller Center to air documentary about George H.W. Bush

A new documentary produced by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia about the United States’ 41st president will hit television screens Tuesday.

Northam signs Virginia Fairness in Lending Act

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a consumer protection law that expands access to affordable credit on Monday.

Virginia State University opts for online-only classes during first month of semester

Virginia State University will delay the return to in-person classes by four weeks, and in the meantime, faculty, staff and students will be tested for COVID-19.

VDOT prepares for flooding, road closures ahead of tropical storm

Dominion Energy prepares for Isaias

Virginia’s Capitol Square closing ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

Insurance prepping ahead of Isiaias

Virginia Lottery introduces fast-drawing game with prizes up to $1 million

Generator safety tips ahead of Isaias impacts on Virginia

Judge starts new injunction barring Lee statue removal

A judge on Monday dissolved one injunction preventing Gov. Northam’s administration from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond but immediately instituted a new one in a different lawsuit.

Lynchburg alumni: rename part of building named for Falwell

Former students of the University of Lynchburg in Virginia want to cut ties with Liberty University and rename part of a building dedicated to the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Who’s hiring in Central Va. during the COVID-19 crisis?

The On Your Side Investigators teamed up with CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, and VEC to pinpoint which jobs have the most open positions in Central Virginia.

Shenandoah National Park sees 10 percent visitation increase from last year

Shenandoah National Park is happy to welcome visitors back after COVID-19 closures.

Town Hall addresses testing, return of Virginia Tech students

Coronavirus cases are top of mind as thousands of students are getting ready to head back to Blacksburg for the fall semester at Virginia Tech.

Pediatrician’s advice on helping your children keep their mask on

We are about a month away from some local children heading back to school and most school districts may require your child to wear masks throughout the entire school day.

Sen. Mark Warner discusses schools reopening during virtual town hall

Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Bobby Scott held a virtual town hall on Facebook Friday to discuss issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘I was heartbroken’: Mask mandate creates communication challenges for deaf community

The mask mandate in Virginia is creating communication challenges for the deaf community. One woman said she faced communication issues after a Walmart employee refused to pull down his mask to help her.

New tethering law in Virginia protects animals from extreme weather

Changes to Virginia’s tethering law that went into effect this month were made to protect our furry friends from cold, heat, and storms.

CASA of central Virginia asks for more volunteers, more male advocates

More than just a health crisis, the coronavirus pandemic has now put a dent into court appointed advocates for children.

Gov. Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Isaias

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Isaias, which will impact parts of coastal Virginia beginning on Monday.

Sen. Kaine pushing for better pregnancy care in Virginia

Senator Tim Kaine hosted a virtual discussion Friday, July 31, about legislation he introduced with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska last week.

Dominion overhauls leadership; Farrell stepping down as CEO

Dominion Energy has announced a reorganized executive leadership team, including a new CEO.

Blacksburg Transit prepares for return of Virginia Tech students

Soon, Virginia Tech students will be back on campus. Along with changes on campus, there will also be changes to public transportation.

USDA warns of scams targeting SNAP recipients

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning people about new scams targeting SNAP recipients.

Police reopen case of Virginia woman’s disappearance

There are three unsolved “cold case homicides” in Harrisonburg.

150,000+ Virginians may have had COVID-19, according to UVA Health research

The real number of Virginians infected with coronavirus could be at least twice as high as the number that have tested positive, according to new research being conducted by UVA Health and the Virginia Department of Health.

Dog rescued during hike on McAfee Knob Trail

Nikko the dog is safe after a hike left him unable to continue on McAfee Knob Trail.

Riggleman considering run for VA Governor

Denver Riggleman is considering a run for Virginia governor as an independent.

‘His memory always makes me smile’: Virginians remember John Lewis

People from around the world took a moment to honor the life and legacy of Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis Thursday.

VEC investigating more than 3,000 cases of unemployment fraud

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announces it is investigating more than 3,000 cases of unemployment benefit fraud across the Commonwealth.

VMI will not remove Confederate statues, rename buildings

School leaders from the Virginia Military Institute say they will not be removing Confederate statues or renaming buildings that were named after Confederate leaders.

Discussion about police use of non-lethal weapons scrapped from Richmond City Council meeting

The Richmond City Council will no longer discuss the use of force by police during a special council meeting on Monday, Aug. 3.

Stoney asks judge for 60-day eviction moratorium

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and City Council President Cynthia Newbille have asked a judge to issue a 60-day eviction moratorium for the city.

Watchdog agency redacts findings about Virginia Parole Board

Virginia’s government watchdog agency has investigated complaints about the state Parole Board and found “substantiated” allegations but is withholding further details about its work, citing an exemption in the state open records law.

Virginia Tech expands student testing plan, cases to be identified by county

Virginia Tech has announced its plans to expand student testing as they are starting to make their way back to school.

Busch Gardens set to reopen in early August with special event

Busch Gardens announced on Thursday that it will be opening in early August with a special event.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office sees influx of babies

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has a bunch of new babies... five of them.

Dead dogs discovered inside plastic bin in Chesterfield

Chesterfield Animal Control says the bodies of two deceased dogs were found in plastic bins and bags on a Chesterfield road. The gruesome discovery was made by a woman walking her dog on Saturday.

Virginia lawmakers meet to discuss police training and mandatory minimum sentencing

The Virginia House of Delegates Joint Committee Meeting of Courts of Justice and Public Safety Committees put the spotlight on police training and mandatory minimum sentencing.

Department of Health ramps up contact tracing, testing

The Virginia Department of Health says contact tracing, testing and the focus on health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing in the Commonwealth.

Man arrested for threatening Wash. governor wanted on similar charge in Virginia

A man arrested for making threats to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his staff earlier this year is now wanted in Virginia on a similar charge.

Virginia ABC to hold first summer cyber sale

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority will be holding its first-ever Summer Cyber Sale.

Virginia teenager sentenced to prison in neighbor’s death

A Virginia teenager accused of bludgeoning his neighbor with a claw hammer and then scrawling gang graffiti in the victim’s home has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Virginia811 reminds residents to call before digging projects

Virginia811 wants to remind Virginia residents to dig safely during any digging projects.

Senior Alert canceled after 92-year-old man found safe

Hugh Hester Godsey was last seen Tuesday morning in Bedford County

Va. teacher accused of breaking into home, stealing women’s clothing

A Lynchburg man is facing multiple charges after allegedly breaking into a home and stealing women’s clothing.

Dry weather in the Shenandoah Valley is affecting farms

North Mountain Homestead saw a dry start to their planting season and they say they’re grateful for any rain they get.

White House expert: Virginia should restrict bars, push for outdoor dining, limit gatherings to 10

A member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force said Virginia should restrict bars, push for more outdoor dining and limit the size of social gatherings.

12 Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office staffers test positive for COVID-19

The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office confirms 12 of its staffers have tested positive for COVID-19. The office says no inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Governor Northam announces new restrictions for Hampton Roads region

Governor Northam held a coronavirus briefing Tuesday afternoon and announced new restrictions for the Hampton Roads area effective Friday, July 31.

Richmond mayor announces plan for memorial park in Shockoe Bottom

Richmond's mayor, other city and state officials, and activists held a news conference in Shockoe Bottom to outline plans for a memorial campus composed of a museum to tell the stories of enslaved people and a park for reflection.

New state law protects patients, families from medical bills

Virginia lawmakers passed a new law that protects patients and their families from receiving unexpected medical bills after they have already paid their fair share of health insurance costs.

Police identify Publix customer who allegedly refused to let Black worker bag her groceries, tried to drive over him

Henrico police were called to a grocery store after a customer allegedly told employees she refused to let a Black person bag her groceries.

Richmond City Council makes decisions on criminal justice reform

Members of the Richmond City Council are expected to vote on criminal justice reform items during Monday night’s meeting.

JMU aiming to help students with job searches during COVID-19 pandemic

For the second year in a row, James Madison University was voted the best college in Virginia for getting a job, according to the U.S. Department of Education statistics. During the coronavirus pandemic, the university’s Career and Academic Planning Center has been looking to help students.

Northam urges Virginians to prepare for hurricane season amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Man indicted on federal gun charge in connection to incident near Lee statue

A man accused of being involved in an incident at the Robert E. Lee monument last month has been indicted by a federal jury on a gun charge.

VEC to host ‘Back to Work’ virtual job fair Tuesday

If you’re one of the thousands of Virginians without a job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a virtual job fair on Tuesday through the Virginia Employment Commission.

Gov. Northam announces $70M in grants for small businesses, nonprofits impacted by COVID-19

Governor Ralph Northam announced $70 million for small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virginia Chick-fil-A location offering free food for coins

A Chick-fil-A in Lynchburg is offering free food for coins to be exchanged with them amid the coin shortage.

Police arrest over a dozen people after riot leads to fires, vandalism in downtown Richmond

A second night of protests erupted in downtown Richmond. The protests lasted four hours.

Virginia Breeze bus service resumes after suspending services

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has relaunched its Virginia Breeze Intercity Bus service.

Virus prompts drop in new voter registrations in Virginia

Fewer new voters are registering to vote in Virginia because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reports indicate that new voter registrations are significantly lower compared with the two most recent presidential elections.

Homeschooling: Where do you even start?

For many families across our hometowns, the 2019 school year ended with students continuing their education at home.

City threatens to cut water for households with unpaid bills

Officials in the Virginia city of Lynchburg are threatening to turn off water for more than 1,000 households that are behind on their water bills.

Man who took down Robert E. Lee Monument in Roanoke speaks out

A Roanoke man is speaking out after he says he knocked over a downtown confederate monument. Now, 70-year-old William Foreman from Roanoke is facing charges in connection to the damage.

Virginia Employment Commission to host statewide virtual job fair

The Virginia Employment Commission is holding a statewide virtual job fair on July 28. There will be over 150 employers with available jobs posted.