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FILE - This Wednesday July 1, 2020, file photo shows workers preparing to remove the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson from its pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Devon Henry, whose company handled the summer removals of Richmond's Confederate monuments, spoke with The Associated Press about navigating safety concerns for himself and his crew and previously unreported complexities of the project. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Black contractor braves threats in removing Richmond statues

Oct. 25, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Devon Henry paced in nervous anticipation, because this was a project like nothing he’d ever done. He wore the usual hard hat — and a bulletproof vest. An accomplished Black businessman, Henry took on a job the city says others were unwilling to do: lead contractor for...

'Good Trouble': Richmond center unveils John Lewis mural

Oct. 25, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — On a hill overlooking Richmond, the city unveiled a vibrant new mural of civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis. The mural is named “Good Trouble,” a reference to a phrase Lewis often used, and it now adorns the side of the Powhatan Community Center in the city’s...

File This Thursday Oct. 3, 2019 file photo shows US Congresswoman Elaine Luria, D-2nd Va., in her home in Norfolk, Va. Luria s among the historic wave of women who helped Democrats retake the U.S. House in 2018, boasting former careers with the U.S. Navy and the CIA. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

2 moderate Democrats vie for reelection in Virginia suburbs

Oct. 23, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger were part of a historic wave of women who helped Democrats retake the U.S. House in 2018. And when they got to Washington, both established themselves as party moderates willing to work with Republicans on legislation. But their reelection bids are...

Ex-NASCAR driver McClure gets probation in long-delayed case

Oct. 22, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure pleaded no contest this week to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and was sentenced to probation, according to a Virginia prosecutor, in a court hearing that was long delayed by McClure's state lawmaker attorney. The Associated Press has...

Suit alleges years of abuse at Virginia children's hospital

Oct. 21, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A newly filed lawsuit against a Virginia children's hospital alleges patients were subjected to sexual abuse and physical assaults over at least a 12-year period. The families of 20 former patients of the Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents in New Kent filed the civil...

Officials: COVID-19 worsening Richmond schools absenteeism

Oct. 20, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A top public school official in Virginia's capital city says the pandemic has “exacerbated” an existing problem with chronic absenteeism. About 1 in 5 students in Richmond Public Schools are on track to be chronically absent, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, citing...

Cult classic ginger ale made in Virginia being discontinued

Oct. 20, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A nearly century-old cult-classic ginger ale that's made in Virginia is being discontinued. Facing an aluminum can shortage during the pandemic this year, Coca-Cola had already ceased production of Northern Neck Ginger Ale in July, The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday. Now, the...

Spiders' Sherod to miss season after tearing ACL in practice

Oct. 19, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond guard and captain Nick Sherod will miss the coming season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in practice, coach Chris Mooney said Monday. Sherod, a redshirt senior, was injured Thursday, a day after the team's first official practice. It was his second season-ending...

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 vote to make Juneteenth a state holiday

Oct. 19, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Juneteenth has officially become a state holiday after lawmakers unanimously approved legislation during the Virginia General Assembly special session. Juneteenth marks the day news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, which was the last state to abolish slavery. The...