Latest Virginia state government News

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...

Many safety proposals from Virginia Tech panel are in use

Oct. 9, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A review into a panel's safety recommendations after the Virginia Tech mass shooting shows the state has implemented a majority of the proposals. The Roanoke Times reports Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam launched a review into the proposal adoptions after a special legislative session on...

Virginia legislative elections provide warmup for 2020

Oct. 9, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox is a low-key retired school teacher who hasn't faced serious competition since the first President Bush was in office. Now he's a top target of Democrats —both in and out of state— looking to capitalize on voter antipathy toward the current...

Supreme Court won't intervene over West Virginia justices

Oct. 7, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will leave in place a court decision that derailed the impeachment trials of three West Virginia Supreme Court justices accused of corruption. The case was one of a long list of those the Supreme Court announced it wouldn't hear, and as is...

Federal lawsuit targets West Virginia foster care system

Oct. 1, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The overwhelmed foster care system in opioid-ravaged West Virginia has failed to protect children, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of a dozen children against Gov. Jim Justice, the state...

Lawsuit calls for full public view of executions in Virginia

Sep. 23, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prison officials are unconstitutionally limiting public access to executions in Virginia by blocking witnesses from seeing certain steps in the process, four news organizations allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond allegesthe...

Woman pardoned by Clinton appointed to parole board

Sep. 23, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Richmond woman who served more than six years of a lengthy federal prison sentence before being pardoned by President Bill Clinton has been appointed to a state board that grants and denies parole. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Kemba Smith Pradia to...

Virginia GOP renews call for hearing on Fairfax allegations

Sep. 19, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Virginia are renewing their push to hold a bipartisan hearing into sexual assault allegations two women have made against the state's Democratic lieutenant governor. House Courts of Justice Committee Chairman Del. Rob Bell pressed Democrats on Thursday to hold a...

Dominion planning large wind farm off Virginia coast

Sep. 19, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy announced plans Thursday to seek approval to build what it says would be the largest offshore wind project in the United States off the Virginia coast. The company told The Associated Press ahead of a public announcement that the project would include about 220 wind...

Virginia governor sets renewable energy goal: 100% by 2050

Sep. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he signed an executive order setting a goal for the state to produce 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050. Such a shift will help address climate change, a challenge that "poses potentially devastating risk to Virginia,"...