Latest Virginia state government News

Gun bills more likely to become ads than law in Virginia

Jan. 21, 2019 4:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers appear unlikely to pass any notable new gun laws this legislative session, but are almost certain to campaign heavily on failed gun legislation later this year. Republicans who control the General Assembly have dispatched gun-control bills backed by Democratic Gov....

Virginia investor tries to curb Dominion's influence

Jan. 20, 2019 11:34 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Rich people using their wealth to try to influence politics is nothing new, but not many launch multimillion-dollar crusades against their local electric company. That's just what Charlottesville investor and Democratic donor Michael Bills is doing in Virginia, where's he's...

Virginia looks to raise age limit on tobacco products

Jan. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tobacco-friendly Virginia, where the early economy was powered by the leafy plant and the industry continues to hold great sway, is preparing to put new limits on who can buy tobacco products. Citing the rapid growth of teenage vaping, GOP leaders in the majority-Republican General...

McAuliffe uses state PAC to help Iowa, NH Democrats

Jan. 17, 2019 3:30 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has dusted off his old state political action committee to accept big donations and cut checks to Democratic parties in early-voting states as he weighs a presidential run, campaign finance records show. McAuliffe's PAC raised more than $300,000 in...

Storm punishes swath of US with snow, ice and freezing rain

Jan. 14, 2019 8:22 AM EST

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents. Virginia State Police said the driver of a military surplus vehicle...

The Latest: Record snowfall in Illinois capital from storm

Jan. 14, 2019 3:46 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the weekend winter storm affecting the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Parts of central Illinois have registered record snowfalls after a winter storm struck and then lingered for much of the weekend. Springfield's State Journal-Register reports that...

Hissing, shouts of 'shame' as pipeline station gets permit

Jan. 8, 2019 5:14 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state board in Virginia approved a contentious plan Tuesday to build a natural gas pipeline station in a historic African-American community, prompting angry shouts of "shame" from more than 200 opponents. The State Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-0 in favor of a key permit for...

'Politics sucks': GOP's Corey Stewart quits field altogether

Jan. 8, 2019 11:53 AM EST

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Republican who campaigned heavily on preserving Confederate monuments and attracted right-wing extremists during a failed U.S. Senate bid says he's leaving politics "until and unless the Commonwealth is ready" for his views. "Politics sucks," Corey Stewart told The...

Bob McDonnell, former Virginia Governor, files for divorce

Jan. 7, 2019 7:00 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has filed for divorce from his wife of 42 years. The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that McDonnell confirmed to the paper that he filed the paperwork. He declined to comment further. Online court records show that a Robert Francis McDonnell...

Correction: Equal Rights Amendment-Virginia story

Jan. 1, 2019 1:56 PM EST

In a story Dec. 28 about efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the first name of the president of The Family Foundation of Virginia. Her name is Victoria Cobb, not Virginia Cobb. A corrected version of the story is below: Will Virginia be next to...