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Virginia governor worried about part of traffic stop bill

Oct. 22, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declined to sign into law a measure designed to discourage racial profiling of motorists by police, concerned that some language could prevent authorities from pulling over vehicles for serious safety concerns. Northam supports nearly all of language in the...

The afternoon sun illuminates the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave in Richmond, Va., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. A Richmond judge heard arguments in a lawsuit over the Governors' order to remove the statue. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

No immediate ruling from judge after Lee statue trial

Oct. 19, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge heard hours of arguments and witness testimony Monday but did not immediately issue a ruling in a lawsuit seeking to prevent Virginia's governor from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. “It's a very difficult case. It's a difficult...

Virginia lawmakers pass new budget amid coronavirus pandemic

Oct. 16, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers all but wrapped up a special legislative session Friday by approving a new state budget that gives bonuses to police, pays for a host of new criminal justice reforms, and extends moratoriums on evictions and utility shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Correction: Virginia Legislature-Special Session story

Oct. 16, 2020 4:29 PM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story Oct. 15, 2020, about the Virginia General Assembly, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of federal COVID-19 relief funds appropriated to help home health care workers in the state. It is $73 million, not $73,000.
This booking photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Barry Croft. Croft is one of several people charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in announcing charges in an alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch Whitmer from her vacation home. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP)

Judge finds cases against 5 in Whitmer plot can move forward

Oct. 16, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors provided enough evidence to move toward trial for five Michigan men accused of plotting to kidnap the state’s governor because of her measures to control spread of the coronavirus and they will all remain held without bond, a federal judge ruled Friday. A...

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wears a mask with the word

Another suspect charged in alleged Michigan kidnap plot

Oct. 15, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general charged an eighth person Thursday in what authorities have described as a foiled scheme to storm the state Capitol building and kidnap officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Brian Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, was charged with material...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2020, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam answers a reporter's question during a news briefing in Richmond, Va. Members of anti-government paramilitary groups discussed kidnapping Virginia's governor during a June meeting in Ohio, an FBI agent testified Tuesday, Oct. 13 during a court hearing in Michigan. Special Agent Richard Trask was part of the investigation that led to six men being arrested and charged last week with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP, File)

Agent: Michigan, Virginia governors mentioned in kidnap plot

Oct. 13, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Members of anti-government paramilitary groups implicated in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor ahead of the November election because of her measures to slow the coronavirus also discussed abducting Virginia’s governor, an FBI agent testified Tuesday....

Virginia delegate plans to reintroduce quarantine pay bill

Oct. 13, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Del. Elizabeth Guzmán, D-Woodbridge, said she is no stranger to the struggles of low-paying jobs. Guzmán said she immigrated to the United States from Peru as a single mother and worked multiple minimum wage jobs just to be able to pay rent and care for her daughter....

Northam announces additional federal money for schools

Oct. 8, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday he's putting an additional $220 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds towards the state's public schools. The extra money will be used to help schools pay for testing supplies, personal protective equipment and technology needed for...

California governor's staff member positive for COVID-19

Oct. 7, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A member of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office staff tested positive for COVID-19 and contact tracing has begun, the office said Wednesday. The staff member had not interacted with Newsom or with staff who routinely interact with the governor, the statement said. Separately, a...