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Youngkin calls on lawmakers to enact 'vision of change'

Jan. 17, 2022 18:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin asked the divided Virginia General Assembly on Monday to work with him to enact his “sweeping vision of change” for the state by rolling back taxes, expanding school choice and boosting funding for law enforcement. In his first joint...

Virginia's 1st female lt. gov. takes her seat in the Senate

Jan. 17, 2022 18:34 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — History-making Republican Winsome Earle-Sears began her tenure presiding over the Virginia Senate on Monday as the state's first woman to serve as lieutenant governor and the first Black woman to hold statewide office. “This indeed is an historic moment,”...

Man fatally shot in parking lot of police substation

Jan. 17, 2022 16:40 PM EST

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a man was fatally shot in the parking lot of a police substation during a child custody exchange. Chesterfield police said an officer was working in his patrol vehicle in the parking lot of the Appomattox Police Station heard a...

Pharrell Williams calls for economic equity during MLK event

Jan. 17, 2022 15:58 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Singer and music producer Pharrell Williams is challenging corporate America to “do more" by supporting entrepreneurs of color and adopting economic equity measures. The Virginian-Pilot reports that in remarks Monday during the Urban League of Hampton...

Bill would bar schools from using race in admissions

Jan. 17, 2022 15:22 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican bill targeting diversity efforts at Virginia’s “Governor’s Schools” would ban the 19 selective schools from using race and other factors in admissions. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the measure introduced by Del. Glenn Davis Jr....

Snow, ice blast through South with powerful winter storm

Jan. 16, 2022 22:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A dangerous winter storm combining high winds and ice swept through parts of the U.S. Southeast on Sunday, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and coating roads with a treacherous, frigid glaze. Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Georgia,...

Order to end school mask mandates gets pushback in Virginia

Jan. 16, 2022 15:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — School districts across Virginia were taking stock Sunday of the implications of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that seeks to end mask mandates in schools, with some school systems saying they will continue to require masks. On Saturday, shortly after...

Virginia school district to remove controversial gender book

Jan. 16, 2022 12:18 PM EST

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — A school district in Virginia plans to pull copies of the controversial book, “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” from its library shelves. The Washington Post reports that Loudoun County school officials are citing color illustrations that were deemed inappropriate....

Low spirits: Supply chain issues impact Virginia ABC stores

Jan. 16, 2022 09:07 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia ABC stores in South Hampton Roads and on the Peninsula are gradually recovering from distribution problems that have caused many shelves to go bare. “I was amazed at how many blank spaces there are on the shelves of ABC stores,” said Stephen King,...

Virginia college senior releases doc on human trafficking

Jan. 16, 2022 09:04 AM EST

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — Kaitlyn Savage wants to bring awareness to what she believes is a major problem in the United States and around the world — human trafficking. According to the Organization for World Peace, while statistics vary, by some estimates there are up to 300,000...