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First cases of Brazil COVID variant identified in Virginia

Apr. 16, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The first cases of the so-called Brazil COVID-19 variant have been identified in two samples from residents of Virginia, state health officials said Friday. In a news release, the Virginia Department of Health said one case involving the P.1 variant...

FOIA bill allows access to criminal investigation records

Apr. 16, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill allowing the public access to limited criminal investigation records will go into effect in July, along with a handful of other bills related to government transparency. Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, a former television reporter, introduced...

McAuliffe has fundraising lead in Virginia governor's race

Apr. 16, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has a commanding lead in fundraising as he seeks another term in the governor's mansion, according to campaign finance reports filed this week. McAuliffe reported raising $4.2 million in the first...

Liberty sues Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking millions in damages

Apr. 16, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University has filed a civil lawsuit against its former leader, Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking tens of millions in damages after the two parted ways acrimoniously last year. The complaint, filed Thursday in Lynchburg Circuit Court, alleges...

Video shows earlier traffic stop of soldier in Virginia town

Apr. 16, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

WINDSOR, Va. (AP) — A Black soldier who'd been pulled over and pepper sprayed by police in a small Virginia town had been stopped the month before by the same police department. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that Windsor police briefly posted video of the...

W&M mistakenly sends 'congratulations' to 350 students

Apr. 16, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — William & Mary has mistakenly sent out a message of congratulations to about 350 high school students who had applied to the prestigious school in Virginia. The school in Williamsburg said Thursday that the emails were not official letters...

EXPLAINER: Can officers stop drivers for air fresheners?

Apr. 15, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

The mother of a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police this week says it all started when police pulled her son over for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror. How, some might ask, can air fresheners be the basis for a traffic...

Changes to bill bans guns in state buildings, Capitol Square

Apr. 15, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia legislators recently accepted the governor’s substitute to a bill banning firearms on and near Capitol Square, as well as in state buildings. Lawmakers voted last year to ban firearms from the state Capitol. Senate Bill 1381, introduced...

Lawsuit filed over delays at Virginia Employment Commission

Apr. 15, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Five women are suing the leader of the Virginia agency that handles unemployment benefits, alleging “gross failures" to provide needed help as required by law amid the coronavirus pandemic. The class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday morning in...

Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins unanimous pick: VMI's 1st Black leader

Apr. 15, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, who was named interim superintendent of Virginia Military Institute amid the controversy over the school’s Confederate ties and the removal of a statue of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, was voted unanimously Thursday to become the first...