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Miners worried about pay during Blackjewel coal bankruptcy

Jul. 10, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some Virginia miners for the coal company Blackjewel LLC say their paychecks are bouncing and they remain out of work as the company goes through bankruptcy proceedings. The Roanoke Times reports some workers say they're unsure if they still have jobs after reportedly being asked to...

Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax says eyewitness backs up his story

Jul. 10, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attorney for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says there's a witness who can corroborate his story that he did not rape a woman while they were students at Duke University nearly 20 years ago. Fairfax lawyer Barry Pollack sent a letter Tuesday to a North Carolina prosecutor saying...

Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws

Jul. 10, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Deep-pocketed interest groups and activists on both sides of the long-running fight over gun laws are gearing up for a major clash in Virginia, now a key election battleground in the issue after Republicans on Tuesday adjourned a special legislative session called by the governor to...

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

Jul. 9, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam summoned the Republican-led Legislature to...

The Latest: Virginia GOP: Panel should review gun issues

Jul. 9, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's special legislative session to consider stricter gun laws after a mass shooting (all times local): 2 p.m. Republican leaders in Virginia's General Assembly say the state's crime commission needs to take a measured look at gun issues to try to find a bipartisan...

Top Virginia Republican proposes gun-control measure

Jul. 8, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A top Virginia Republican is calling for a broad ban on guns in government buildings, surprise legislation he filed the day before state lawmakers are set to debate gun laws. Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment filed a bill Monday that would extend a state prohibition on guns in...

Republicans renew call for hearing on Fairfax allegations

Jun. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are renewing their push to hold a bipartisan hearing into sexual assault allegations two women have made against the state's Democratic lieutenant governor. Their effort looks doomed, as Democrats quickly opposed it and called it a political stunt. GOP Del. Rob...

Virginia Democrats push gun control ahead of special session

Jun. 17, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in Virginia are trying to make the public case for greater gun restrictions ahead of a special legislative session next month spurred by the fatal shooting of 12 people at a city office. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and...

Primary victor could add to Virginia Democrats' headaches

Jun. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans keep getting help from an unexpected source as they try to win over suburban voters unhappy with President Donald Trump: Virginia Democrats. The latest instance was Tuesday's victory by a former lawmaker who once spent his nights in jail and his days at the...

Virginia primary has lots of surprise, no clear message

Jun. 11, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's closely watched off-year primary contest produced plenty of surprises Tuesday, but little in the way of a coherent message. The top Democrat in the state Senate narrowly won his primary despite heavily outspending a progressive challenger, and another incumbent lost her seat...