Latest Virginia state government News

This worker got jobless benefits; Virginia wants them back

Nov. 25, 2021 08:44 AM EST

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — For 26 years, Ernest Ray worked at a company in southwest Virginia that made compressors, in a physically demanding job that involved night shifts on a factory floor. When the plant closed in 2018, Ray applied for and received about $9,000 in unemployment benefits. ...

Youngkin announces lawmakers, others helping with transition

Nov. 24, 2021 20:17 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday he had assembled groups including lawmakers, law enforcement officials, business owners and others to coordinate transition work with outgoing Gov. Ralph Northam's administration. ...

Virginia school system returns books it pulled after outcry

Nov. 23, 2021 18:13 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia school system said Tuesday it was returning two books to library shelves, two months after they were pulled for a formal review prompted by complaints that they contained obscene sexual material. Committees that included...

Virginia court picks experts to draw maps for redistricting

Nov. 19, 2021 16:03 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has selected two outside experts from a pool of nominees put forward by lawmakers to help it complete its task of drawing new legislative districts to conform with the 2020 census. The court unanimously appointed Sean...

Northam executive order gives voice to tribes in permitting

Nov. 19, 2021 15:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order Thursday aimed at improving how the state receives and evaluates input from tribal nations when making decisions about permits related to environmental, historical or cultural resources. The...

Chase joins wide Virginia GOP field challenging Spanberger

Nov. 18, 2021 11:51 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A firebrand state senator with a long history of clashing with fellow Republicans and others across the political spectrum has joined the crowded GOP field seeking to unseat Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia. “I will continue to be a strong...

Youngkin: Victory shows winning GOP path on education

Nov. 18, 2021 01:17 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Incoming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said Wednesday his victory in a strongly Democratic state showed a winning path for Republicans to talk about education, an issue for which he said the GOP has “historically been a bit on our heels.” Youngkin...

Virginia House control in limbo; recounts sought in 2 races

Nov. 16, 2021 17:59 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two incumbent Democrats who trail Republican challengers in close races in Virginia’s House of Delegates announced Tuesday that they will seek recounts, leaving control of the chamber in limbo. Republicans have won 50 seats and Democrats have won...

Democrats to seek recounts in 2 Virginia House races, leaving control of chamber in limbo

Nov. 16, 2021 16:22 PM EST
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats to seek recounts in 2 Virginia House races, leaving control of chamber in limbo.

Virginia certifies election results, but 2 recounts loom

Nov. 15, 2021 18:18 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are on track to win a majority in the House of Delegates, according to results certified by the state on Monday. But two races where Republicans are leading by razor-thin margins are eligible for recounts, leaving open a remote possibility of a...