Latest Virginia state government News

Northam announces new renewable energy contract

Oct. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is announcing a new agreement to power state government buildings with more renewable energy. That includes energy from the state's first commercial on-shore wind farm, which has struggled to find a buyer. Northam announced a deal with electric utility...

Attorney, former lawmaker Alan Diamonstein dies at 88

Oct. 17, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Alan Diamonstein, a lawyer and former Virginia lawmaker who worked to secure support for the state's schools and colleges, has died. He was 88. Lindsey Carney, a spokeswoman for his Newport News law firm, said Diamonstein died at his home Thursday. Diamonstein was elected to the...

Prison officials ask to toss lawsuit on execution access

Oct. 17, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Corrections has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claims prison officials are unconstitutionally limiting public access to executions in Virginia. The lawsuit filed last month by four news organizations alleges that the department is violating...

Court seems split on possible resentencing for teen sniper

Oct. 16, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal and conservative justices seemed split Wednesday on whether to grant a new sentencing hearing to Lee Boyd Malvo , one of two snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002 when he was a teenager. The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Malvo, who was 17 at the...

Record-breaking fundraising in Virginia's legislative races

Oct. 16, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The battle for control of Virginia's legislature is leading to record-breaking political fundraising as special interest groups spend big in the final weeks of the contest. Virginia is the only state where Democrats have a chance to flip control of the state legislature this year and...

Virginia officials issue warning as wildfire season begins

Oct. 16, 2019 4:29 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are warning residents about what could be one of the most severe wildfire seasons in years. On Tuesday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced the start of the fall wildfire season in Virginia, which runs through Nov. 30. Most of Virginia faces an increased risk of wildfires...

Last of special tax refund checks for many Virginians mailed

Oct. 15, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia say the state has met its deadline to mail taxpayers a special refund check. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia Department of the Treasury mailed the last of nearly 2.7 million refund checks Friday. Eligible taxpayers will receive $110 if they filed...

More student absentee ballots could indicate higher turnout

Oct. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In addition to hitting the books this fall, more Virginia college students may hit the polls next month, according to the Virginia Department of Elections. Virginia Department of Elections data show that 10,923 students in Virginia have applied for absentee ballots this year. That's...

Virginia voter registration deadline quickly approaching

Oct. 14, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians who want to vote in the upcoming legislative elections have one more day to register. Tuesday is the last day Virginians can register to vote or update an existing registration. Eligible citizens can register online . Applications are also available at public facilities,...

Virginia governor issues drought watch for entire state

Oct. 12, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Worsening dry conditions affecting Virginia have prompted Gov. Ralph Northam to place the state under a drought watch. The watch issued Friday advises residents, local governments and businesses to use less water. It is meant to get people ready in the event of "a significant drought...