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FILE - This June 27, 2017, file photo, shows the Confederate General Robert E. Lee statue that stands in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Newly empowered Virginia Democrats pledged Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, to give local governments the ability to remove Confederate monuments, but Gov. Ralph Northam said he is still weighing what to do with perhaps the state's most prominent tribute to Gen. Robert E. Lee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia Dems pledge to let locals move Confederate statues

Jan. 9, 2020 3:38 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Newly empowered Democratic leaders in Virginia pledged Thursday to let local governments remove Confederate monuments, but Gov. Ralph Northam said he's still weighing what to do with one of the state's most prominent ones — a towering statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. As Virginia...

Officials tackle problem of evictions across Virginia

Dec. 16, 2019 5:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Martin Wegbreit has known for a long time that Richmond has a problem with evictions, but a 2018 New York Times article brought national attention to the issue. It said the city’s eviction rate was more than 11% — three to four times the national average. “The only...

Once-thriving black community becomes debated redevelopment

Dec. 12, 2019 5:22 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Before it was the name of a downtown development plan, Navy Hill was the neighborhood Faithe Norrell called home. “I just remember it as a really warm community, where everyone wanted to know your accomplishments,” said Norrell, a retired educator who worked with...

The statue titled Rumor's of War by artist Kehinde Wiley gets fully unveiled after the tarp covering the statue got stuck for a while at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. The monumental bronze sculpture of a young black man astride a galloping horse was unveiled Tuesday, set to be permanently installed in Virginia's capital city, not far from the Confederate monument it mimics. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Richmond gets a new soaring statue, this one with dreadlocks

Dec. 10, 2019 8:54 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A massive bronze sculpture of a young black man with dreadlocks astride a muscular horse was permanently installed Tuesday in Virginia’s capital city, not far from one of the country’s most prominent displays of Confederate monuments. Thousands of people crowded the lawn...

Virginia city passes ban on using cell phones while driving

Dec. 10, 2019 8:35 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A city council in Virginia unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night to fine people caught using hand-held devices while driving. Richmond City Council approved the measure that had been proposed by Mayor Levar Stoney in October, news outlets reported. Distracted drivers have...