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Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam answers a question during a press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va. Thursday, June 25,, 2020. Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

In late reversal, Northam moves to keep limits on bars

Jun. 30, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is taking a late step to keep people from gathering at bars as the state prepares to enter Phase 3 of its reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said Tuesday the state's restaurants will not be allowed to fully reopen their bars as previously...

Two of the offshore wind turbines have been constructed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., Monday June 29, 2020. Two wind turbines are part of an offshore wind turbine project. The turbines will begin operation in August. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia moves a step closer to harnessing offshore wind

Jun. 29, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor ceremonially signed legislation Monday that sets a path for the eventual approval of two large-scale offshore wind farms that could produce enough electricity to power more than a million homes in the state. The two proposed projects would be located...

In this Saturday, June 20, 2020 photo, Deborah Sirockman, owner of Virginia Found Goods in Hurt, Va., speaks with a customer in her sprawling antique store. After doing curbside pickup and some online sales during mandated shutdowns, Sirockman has seen even more customers in the three weeks since reopening than she did before she closed in March. (Caleb Ayers/Danville Register & Bee via AP)

Experiences mixed for Virginia antique stores amid pandemic

Jun. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Judy Adkins Antiques, off Westover Drive in Danville, closed last August as Adkins took care of her husband who was having health problems. She was anticipating opening in March, but the coronavirus put a major delay in that. “I figured I would be open maybe in March and April,...

In this June 11, 2020 photo, Rita P. Davis, the Counsel to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, is shown in her office in Richmond, Va. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post via AP)

Lee statue case devised by lawyer descended from slaves

Jun. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) — It was an explosive question, delivered by text message, and Rita Davis was ready for it: Could the governor simply take down Richmond’s divisive statue of Robert E. Lee? As legal counsel to Gov. Ralph Northam, Davis had been researching that very topic for a year. Now it was...

In this June 8, 2020, photo, Greer Elementary School teachers decorate their cars before a parade to visit students from a safe distance during the coronavirus pandemic in Charlottesville, Va. Dozens of teachers participated in the event. (Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP)

Northam announces new housing assistance program

Jun. 25, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a Capitol news conference Thursday that his administration is putting an initial $50 million in federal coronavirus-relief funds...

FILE - In this  July 21, 2016, file photo, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Falwell has apologized after posting a tweet on May 27, 2020, aimed at Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's coronavirus mask mandate, that included a picture of a mask bearing a photo of a person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume. That photo appeared on Northam's medical school yearbook page and, when made public in 2019, sparked a furor that nearly forced him from office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Evangelical Liberty U rattled by its own racial reckoning

Jun. 24, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the nation wrestles with how to do more for racial equality, Liberty University — a school whose leadership has said it doesn't have a problem — is facing its own tough questions. Jerry Falwell Jr., who leads the prominent evangelical Christian university, apologized...

Glenda Patsel, left, wipes down a voting booth  as Bobby J. Lambert fills out his ballot for the senate Republican candidates primary election, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Hidden Valley Middle School in Roanoke, Va. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Rematch set in hotly contested Virginia congressional race

Jun. 23, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The stage is set for a fierce rematch for what was one of the most hotly contested congressional seats in the country two years ago. Former congressman Scott Taylor won the Republican primary for his Virginia Beach-area district Tuesday, positioning him to face U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria...

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - The new rules and regulations are posted on the barrier surrounding the statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave. in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The area which is a scene of many protests is closed from sunset to sunrise. Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to remove the Lee statue from the monument, which has become a rallying place for demonstrators in Richmond. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Richmond police disperse protest encampment, charge 12

Jun. 23, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Twelve people in Virginia's capital city were arrested and charged with participating in an unlawful assembly after police said they refused orders to disperse from an overnight occupation at Richmond City Hall. Police officers arrived around midnight Monday to “deal...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam answers a question during a press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Northam expects to further relax restrictions next week

Jun. 23, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that he plans to further relax restrictions on businesses and public gatherings next week, saying trends related to cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations and other key health metrics were moving in the right direction. Northam said at a news...