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Katie Struble, mobile market manager, left, and Connie Kenny, market manager with Local Environmental Agriculture Project, Inc. (LEAP) farmers markets demonstrate social distancing as the Grandin Village Farmers Market was open with precautions on Saturday, March 21, 2020, in Roanoke, Va..

Virginia poised to legalize casinos at unlucky time

Mar. 22, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Talk about bad luck. Two weeks ago, Virginia lawmakers approved legislation to allow developers to build five large casino resorts around the state in what supporters have long hoped will be a dramatic economic boost to struggling areas. Virginia is one of the few states in the...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, photo, Sheila Bynum-Coleman speaks during an interview in Richmond, Va. Bynum-Coleman, a former candidate for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates, has been charged with crimes commonly characterized as “revenge porn.” (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Former Virginia House candidate charged with revenge porn

Mar. 12, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A former candidate for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates has been charged with crimes commonly characterized as “revenge porn.” Sheila Bynum-Coleman was indicted Monday in Henrico County on two misdemeanor counts alleging that she disseminated nude photos of a...

Virginia state Sen. Stephen Newman, R-Bedford, left, speaks with Senate Appropriations chairwoman, Sen. Janet Howell, after the Senate passed the budget bills during the Senate session at the Capitol Thursday March 12 , 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers pass new budget amid downturn fears

Mar. 12, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers approved a new state budget Thursday that includes heavy new spending on public education, social services and other areas, despite protests from some Republicans that the legislature should wait to see what impact the deepening coronavirus crisis will have on the...

In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 photo, Virginia State Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, speaks during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. The former prosecutor-turned-defense attorney, who calls himself

Scandal-scarred Virginia lawmaker now seeks justice reform

Mar. 11, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Just a few years ago, Joe Morrissey's political career appeared to be over. The former prosecutor-turned-defense attorney was pressured into resigning from the Virginia House of Delegates after he was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old receptionist at his law firm. But Morrissey,...

Lawmakers approve $25 million for new Capitol tunnel

Mar. 11, 2020 4:21 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are set to approve $25 million in bonds to build a new tunnel between the state Capitol and a nearby legislative office building currently under construction. The new funding for the tunnel was included in a proposed budget unveiled Monday, which lawmakers are set to...

New budget plan has raises for teachers, state employees

Mar. 9, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have approved raises and bonuses for state employees and public school teachers in their final budget proposal. Lawmakers unveiled their latest $135-billion two-year state budget proposal Monday and are expected to give it final approval on Thursday. The proposal...

Advocates see progress on workers rights in Virginia

Mar. 9, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers overhauled labor and employment laws this year in a way that advocates say will help low-income workers but the business community warns could hurt the state's overall economy. The changes came as a new Democratic majority took control of both the Senate and House...

Legislators pass ban on tethering dogs in extreme weather

Mar. 9, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have passed legislation that would prohibit the tethering of dogs outside during extreme weather. The legislation would also increase the minimum length of a tether from 10 feet to 15 feet. Virginia's House and Senate passed the bills on Sunday. Gov. Ralph Northam's...

Del. Elizabeth Guzman, R-Fairfax, speaks to a fellow legislator after a vote on a collective bargaining bill during the House session at the Capitol Sunday March 8, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers OK limited public sector bargaining bill

Mar. 8, 2020 11:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final passage Sunday to a bill that would end the state's outright ban on public sector collective bargaining and extend the right to local government workers if their locality opts in. The measure marks a historic shift in traditionally business-friendly...

House Speaker Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, center, speaks to Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, left, as Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, second from left, House minority leader Del Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and House majority leader, Del. Charniele Herring, D- Alexandria, look on in the entrance to the Senate at the Capitol Saturday March 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Both chambers agreed to extending the session to accommodate the budget and conference committee reports. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia reshaped as Democrats put historic stamp on laws

Mar. 8, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic legislators in Virginia have dramatically reshaped the state in two months, sweeping aside many of the state’s old business-friendly and socially conservative laws and replacing them with a broad, progressive policy agenda. Lawmakers wrapped up this year's session...