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Virginia marks pivotal moment when African slaves arrived

Aug. 22, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Four hundred years after American slavery and democratic self-rule were born almost simultaneously in what became the state of Virginia, ceremonies will mark the arrival of enslaved Africans in the mid-Atlantic colony and seek healing from the legacy of bondage that still haunts the...

Governor says Virginia is in a 'good place' financially

Aug. 20, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam told state lawmakers Tuesday that Virginia is starting the new budget cycle "in a good place," with a revenue surplus swollen by federal tax law changes and $1.6 billion banked in reserve. In a speech to the General Assembly's money committees Tuesday, Northam said...

Virginia crime commission begins hearing on gun violence

Aug. 19, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the Virginia State Crime Commission began a hearing Monday on proposals to stem gun violence, Gov. Ralph Northam urged lawmakers to pass "commonsense" measures as he took a swipe at Republican leaders who called for further study. Northam sent a letter to the commission as a two-day...

Governor praises removal of Jefferson Davis' name from park

Aug. 6, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

FORT MONROE, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is praising the state's removal of Confederate president Jefferson Davis' name from an archway at the site where the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia 400 years ago. Northam said at a news conference Tuesday that removing the letters from a...

Virginia's top mental health official dies after crash

Aug. 2, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's top mental health official has died from injuries he suffered in a three-car crash in which an 18-year-old woman was killed. Gov. Ralph Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said on Friday that the family of 52-year-old Dr. S. Hughes Melton notified the governor of his death....

300,000 Virginians newly covered through Medicaid expansion

Aug. 1, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Just over 300,000 low-income Virginia adults have enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program. Gov. Ralph Northam made the announcement Wednesday at a health center in Alexandria. State officials have previously estimated that roughly 400,000 adults would be newly eligible for...

Correction: Jamestown Ceremony story

Jul. 29, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — In a story July 28 about events commemorating key moments in Virginia's colonial history, The Associated Press reported erroneously that July 30 marks the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the House of Burgesses. It marks the 400th anniversary of the first General Assembly. A...

Ties between ICE contractor, Virginia Democrats questioned

Jul. 28, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the co-founder and CEO of MVM Inc., Dario Marquez Jr. oversaw hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts for work done everywhere from Iraq to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2014, MVM won a contract now worth over $300 million to transport an influx of unaccompanied minors...

Virginia gov. seeks plan to broaden early education access

Jul. 25, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is asking his administration to come up with a plan to improve early education efforts for low-income kids. The governor announced a new "Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness" Wednesday made up of education, social services and budget officials he's...

Northam announces extra money for census outreach

Jul. 23, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he's found $1.5 million in state money to spend on outreach efforts for the 2020 Census. The Democratic governor announced Tuesday he's authorized using money from the state's Economic Contingency Fund for the census effort. Earlier this year the...