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Virginia Democrats, Richmond registrar negotiate agreement following lawsuit on absentee ballot issue

The Virginia Democrats have come to an agreement with Richmond’s top election officials following a lawsuit filed Monday over absentee ballot issues.

Tropical Storm Zeta causes crashes, flooding in Roanoke Valley

Virginia Ready expands job training program

VMI votes to move Stonewall Jackson statue

Jerry Falwell Jr. sues Liberty University, saying school damaged his reputation

  VDH: 178,183 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 3,636 deaths

Judge: Virginia can’t count some ballots without postmarks

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Virginia health officials issue COVID-19 warning over small gatherings

Upgrades made after cut fiber line caused outage to registration portal

Small businesses, nonprofits encouraged to apply for Rebuild VA Grant

Gov. Northam signs laws advancing police, criminal justice reform in Virginia

  Gov. Northam delivers briefing on COVID-19 in Virginia, discusses upcoming elections

Richmond judge makes ruling in Robert E. Lee statue case

Free virtual hiring event set for Thursday

The Virginia Employment Commission is hoping to help jobseekers get back to work with a free virtual hiring event.

Richmond woman gets refund after paying incorrect wastewater bill for 44 years

A Richmond woman says the city wore her down haggling and debating over a proper refund amount for 44 years of incorrect billing.

Electric school buses roll out across Virginia

Electric school buses that are a part of the Dominion Energy Electric School Bus Program made their debut Tuesday in Campbell County.

Rockbridge County awarded $770,000 in broadband funding

Rockbridge County will be able to expand its broadband thanks to CARES Act funds.

VDH website to be down for routine maintenance on Oct. 31

Virginia Health Information launches dashboard comparing hospital quality data

Gov. Northam announces additional $116 million for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education

Community divided over Washington and Lee University’s name

  7th District race nears record donations in a state congressional race

Police: Virginia man found in car trunk after crash in Miami

Virginia free clinics get $3M in CARES Act funds as high demand persists

As healthcare workers continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia will get a boost in their efforts.

Virginia Tech researchers study how long COVID-19 survives on food surfaces

Our food meets many surfaces in the food supply chain, Virginia Tech researchers are studying how long COVID-19 survives on these food surfaces-- before reaching your home.

  Virginia Passenger Rail Authority meets for first time, outlines plans to boost train travel across the commonwealth

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority is looking to improve and expand the passenger train experience statewide.

Public feedback sought on proposed improvements for I-64/664 corridor

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to hear from the public about proposed improvement plans for 320 miles of the Interstate 64 and 664 corridor between the West Virginia state line and the Hampton Roads region.

Sheriff: Increase in thefts of political campaign signs across Commonwealth

The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after political signs were taken from homes across the county.

VMI board says ‘with deep regret’ that superintendent is out

The superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute has resigned, the school’s board president announced in a statement Monday, a week after state officials ordered an investigation into what they characterized as a culture of “ongoing structural racism.”

Record voter turnout ahead of Virginia 2020 Presidential election

Virginia Democrats and Republicans are making that final push, as voters turn out in droves to vote early.

TSA catches 16th gun at Richmond airport, surpassing number detected in 2019

Transportation Security Administration officers caught the 16th gun this year at Richmond Internation Airport on Sunday, surpassing the number of firearms detected in 2019.

Police: German Shepherd killed 2-month-old baby girl in Virginia

No charges have been filed against the parents.

Blind Midlothian man observes faults in absentee voting process

We’re looking at how voting in the middle of a pandemic is being made accessible for people with disabilities.

I-81 Advisory Committee discusses improvement program for corridor

Even though the number of vehicles on I-81 decreased during the pandemic, truck traffic is on the rise again. Now, 56 projects are being considered for the improvement program.

  Despite recent push back, redistricting reform advocates support “Question One” ballot measure

Question one – a proposed constitutional amendment – is on ballots across the commonwealth. Supporters of the amendment say it will end gerrymandering as we know it, but opponents say it doesn’t go far enough.

Hunters for the Hungry accepting donations

As demand for food assistance rises due to COVID-19, Hunters for the Hungry is getting ready to help more people in need.

Gov. Northam announces $22 million will go towards COVID-19 vaccination program in Virginia

The $22 million allocations of CARES Act dollars will support the Virginia Department of Health’s vaccination preparation and planning through the end of 2020.

Gov. Northam allocates CARES Act funds to help free clinics

Free clinics across the commonwealth will be receiving funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

VDH adds new ‘outbreaks in educational settings’ dashboard

The educational settings dashboard includes a line list of outbreaks in Kindergarten-12th Grade Schools (public and private) by school name with associated case numbers and deaths.

Deadline to request absentee ballots in Virginia is Friday

Virginia residents still have time to vote in the November 3 election without going to the polls on Election Day.

Money released to renovate Virginia Beach mass shooting site

The city of Virginia Beach has released money needed to renovate a municipal building where 12 people were killed in a 2019 mass shooting.

Virginia Tech leaders say health and safety considerations drove spring decisions; online petition grows

At Virginia Tech, days after they unveil spring semester plans, an online petition emerges.

Va. Dept. of Health website scheduled to be offline Oct. 31 for routine maintenance

The Virginia Department of Health reported that routine maintenance will be conducted to its external website on Saturday, Oct. 31 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The pumpkin people have returned to a Virginia town to honor a community member

For the past five years, the town of Woodstock has brought its Halloween spirit to Main Street by adding some new members to the town.

Jurassic Quest drive-thru experience coming to Richmond Raceway

Jurassic Park fans will be sure to enjoy this! The Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru Experience is coming to the Richmond Raceway Complex.

Police warn of phone scammers pretending to be with VSP

Virginia State Police are warning residents of a common phone scam that is making its rounds again.

Powhatan woman sentenced for torture, killing of boyfriend’s puppy

A 21-year-old Powhatan woman has been sentenced for the torturing and killing of her boyfriend’s puppy, according to court documents.

Night goggles for US Army to be made in Roanoke County

A technology company with a plant in Roanoke County has gotten the contract to manufacture night vision goggles for the US Army.

Virginia State Police search for witnesses in Chad Austin homicide investigation

Chad Austin disappeared almost a year and a half ago, abandoning his car and dog near Panther Falls next to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Eagle Eye: Virginia amateur makes hole-in-one weeks after losing eye in on-course accident

Every golfer has that one vision most dream of but never achieve.

Northam announces $65.8M to increase child care access, support providers

Governor Ralph Northam announced $65.8 million in new funding to increase access to child care and support child care providers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Northam signs new laws supporting COVID-19 response, reform policing

Governor Ralph Northam announced he has signed 16 new laws and proposed changes to five bills that will support the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response and advance criminal justice reform.

Virginia’s individual income tax extension deadline Nov. 1

Virginia's individual income tax extension deadline is Nov. 1 for 2019 taxes.

  VIDEO: Fire Marshal’s Office concludes investigation into Harrisonburg explosion, security camera footage released.

The Harrisonburg Fire Marshal’s Office has finished its investigation into the explosion and fire that happened on Saturday, Oct. 17, on Miller Circle.

Gov. Northam recovering after breaking hand

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is recovering after breaking his hand.

Richmond native nails ‘The Voice’ blind audition

Sid Kingsley sang Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t think twice, it’s all right’ during night two of the blind auditions.

'Not so fast’: Northam trying to save Northern Neck Ginger Ale from being discontinued

Northern Neck Ginger Ale is among the products coca-cola is set to retire.

Diner leaves $1,000 tip at Shockoe Slip restaurant

Diner leaves a massive tip, surprising workers in the middle of the pandemic.

Unemployment rate in Virginia rose to 6.2% in September

Virginia’s unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent in September, which is 0.1 percent higher than August.

Amtrak holding ‘Kids Ride Free’ sale this fall

Amtrak is holding a “Kids Ride Free” flash sale for this fall.

Gov. Northam announces plan to combat food insecurity in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam has announced a plan to combat food insecurity in Virginia amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

VMI Board of Visitors pledges full cooperation in probe ordered after news report on racist incidents

State officials ordered an outside investigation into VMI following a news report that described Black cadets and alumni facing relentless racism. The Board of Visitors has pledged its full cooperation in the investigation.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.

As payouts begin, Virginia Employment Commission says money still left in Lost Wages Assistance program

After weeks of delays, Virginians have started receiving payments from the Lost Wages Assistance program.

Northam, other leaders write letter calling for investigation into claims of racism at VMI

Governor Ralph Northam, and 10 other state leaders, are calling for an independent investigation after a Washington Post article detailed claims of alleged racist incidents at VMI.

Virginia health system helping COVID patients spend final moments with family

The pandemic has stripped families of many things these last few months, but health care providers in the Roanoke Valley are doing what they can to make sure it does not rob someone of their final moments with a loved one.

Virginia lawmakers pass legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday

Juneteenth has officially become a state holiday after lawmakers unanimously approved legislation during the Virginia General Assembly special session.

Cause of explosion at Miller Circle in Harrisonburg determined

The Harrisonburg Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the explosion and subsequent fire at Miller Circle Saturday morning was the result of a natural gas leak inside the building.

Judge delays decision in Robert E. Lee statue trial

A judge has delayed making a decision in the trial to decide the fate of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond.

Question on Virginia ballot would change how we decide voter districts

Amendment 1 deals with how legislative maps are drawn in Virginia, meaning which areas make up which voter districts. This can have a major impact on which candidates get voted into office.

Virginia State Police locate endangered missing adult

The Virginia Autism Alert for Ms. Hill has been cancelled. Chesapeake Police reported that she has been recovered.

  Virginia Employment Commission gives update on unemployment and Lost Wages Assistance

FEMA Lost Wages Grant money is on the way for those who qualify

  USDA school lunch funding extended through end of 2020-2021 school year

USDA extends initiative feeding students

  Unemployed Virginians still waiting on lost wages assistance

Payments from the Virginia Employment Commission could take up to 3 days to show up in people's accounts.

Richmond Restaurant Week kicks off to benefit FeedMore

Richmond Restaurant Week kicked off Monday to benefit FeedMore.

Missing 67-year-old Richmond man found safe

Richmond police said a missing 67-year-old man has been found safe.

Blind woman killed in overnight house fire in Richmond

A woman is dead after a fire overnight at a home in Richmond’s southside.

Gov. Northam kicks off ‘Feed Virginia Week of Action’ to help those struggling to find next meal

Governor Northam kicks off Feed Virginia Week of Action.

Busch Gardens adds more dates, times to Halloween event

Busch Gardens has added more dates and times to it’s Halloween Harvest event after receiving positive responses.

DEA recruits cite ‘monkey noises’ among claims of racism

The complaints come as the DEA has struggled to bring diversity to its ranks: Of the agency’s more than 4,000 special agents, just 8% are black.

NYT names Lee statue most influential American protest art

The New York Times has named the Robert E. Lee monument - in its current state - as the most influential form of American protest art since World War II.