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Recent high school grads help the cause on the front lines

May. 24, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Two months ago they were pulling down rebounds for Cave Spring High School’s boys basketball team. Today, Parker Huffman and Matt Cagle are grabbing groceries off the top shelf. The two Cave Spring seniors stood out in the winter of 2019-20, helping the Knights win a VHSL Class 3...

Ex-prosecutor could be disciplined for handling of plea deal

May. 23, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia prosecutor faces a disciplinary hearing over his handling of a plea agreement in a fatal boat crash. Jan Smith, who was Lancaster County’s top prosecutor, had negotiated an agreement for John Randolph Hooper to serve one year in jail after pleading guilty in...

Richmond office tower slated for demolition on May 30

May. 23, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A 21-story office building in downtown Richmond is scheduled for demolition next weekend. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a 15-block zone around Dominion Energy’s One James River Plaza office tower will be closed around the building before its scheduled implosion on May...

Beach Ambassador Kyla Miller, left, stands ready to help visitors to the oceanfront Friday, May 22, 2020, in Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam lifted restrictions and opened the beachfront beginning Friday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia unemployment rate in double digits due to pandemic

May. 22, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's unemployment rate shot up into the double digits in April due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain it, the Virginia Employment Commission said Friday. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.6% in April from 3.3% the month...

This Feb. 22, 2018 photo provided by Virginia Commonwealth University Relations shows Dr. Frank Gupton, PhD., co-founder of Phlow, chair of Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering and CEO of the Medicines for All Institute, in Richmond, Va. The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday, May 19, 2020, it was awarding a contract worth up to $812 million to Richmond-based Phlow to manufacture pharmaceutical ingredients, chemical compounds and generic drugs inside the United States. (Alan Jones/Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering)

Small Virginia company gets huge federal medicines contract

May. 19, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new Virginia-based company has won a massive federal contract aimed at beefing up the U.S. supply chain while manufacturing medicines needed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that it was awarding a contract worth up...

Warm weather draws crowds to the oceanfront, Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. (Kaitlin McKeown/The Daily Press via AP)

Weather draws crowds to closed Virginia Beach oceanfront

May. 17, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Warm weather drew crowds to the Virginia Beach oceanfront even though the beach is considered closed under the state’s stay-at-home directives. Families ordered snow cones, bought hermit crabs and cramped gift shops while bikers pedaled on the boardwalk on Saturday, the...

Virtual dance classes bring instructors, students together

May. 17, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It was a long night for Tommy Bettin. His dance studio, Fred Astaire Dance Studio Richmond in Chesterfield County, would close after one final day of ballroom dance classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His mind would not shut down until he formulated a plan. “A lot of people...

As restrictions are eased, many churches to remain empty

May. 16, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Many houses of worship will remain empty this weekend in Virginia even though most of the state has entered the first phase of a gradual reopening set in place by Gov. Ralph Northam. The Roanoke Times reports several mainline denominations in the state have directed members to wait for...

Zumba Gold instructor, Stacey Zebrowski, center, leads a class at the Shady Grove YMCA Friday May 15, 2020, in Glen Allen, Gov. Ralph Northam instituted a phase one reopening of certain portions of the state Friday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Most of Virginia begins gradual reopening amid coronavirus

May. 15, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After two months of being largely shutdown amid the coronavirus, most of Virginia is beginning the first phase of a gradual reopening plan put in place by Gov. Ralph Northam. Nonessential businesses across the state reopened Friday under modified restrictions set in place by the...

Police arrest 18-year-old in Virginia woman's shooting death

May. 15, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have made an arrest in the shooting death of a woman whose body was found on a bicycle path. News sources report Richmond police said Jamar Paxton Jr. 18, of Mechanicsville was arrested Thursday and faces robbery and gun charges. Police said additional charges are...