Latest Virginia state government News

Total Virginia COVID-19 cases surpasses 1,000

Mar. 30, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Virginia surpassed 1,000 on Monday, with more than two dozen deaths from the illness, according to the state health department. Among the confirmed cases, over 130 required hospitalization, according to the latest Virginia Department of Health...

Virginia students create virtual graduation in Minecraft

Mar. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — When Gov. Ralph Northam announced on March 23 that schools would remain closed amid the pandemic, Trey Powers and his friends were doing what teenagers do: hanging out online. Powers, at 17 the group’s elder and only senior, could only listen as the governor announced the...

How will Virginia cities keep large crowds off beaches?

Mar. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — With temperatures rising outside and families getting stir crazy, a day at the beach might seem like just what the doctor ordered. But with Virginia still in the throes of a coronavirus pandemic, a lazy beach day comes with a set of rules. Gov. Ralph Northam has forbidden groups...

Distance learning poses challenges for students, teachers

Mar. 27, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students and teachers at all levels of education are transitioning from classroom to computer as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Not every subject lends itself to a smooth transition to distance learning, as students and instructors have discovered. “I...

Churches, nonprofits donate medical supplies in Virginia

Mar. 26, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Some churches and nonprofits in Virginia are donating their supplies to hospitals and emergency medical services to help battle the coronavirus. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that the supplies had been intended to provide relief in other countries but are now being...

Liberty University's football stadium is empty as students were welcomed back to the university's campus, Tuesday March 24 , 2020, in Lynchburg, Va. Officials in Lynchburg, said Tuesday they were fielding complaints and concerns about the hundreds of students that have returned from their spring break to Liberty University, where President Jerry Falwell Jr. has welcomed them back amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Governor urges Falwell to rethink welcoming students

Mar. 25, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia's governor asked Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Wednesday to reconsider his decision to welcome students back to the Lynchburg campus this week after their spring break. Speaking at a news conference in Richmond, Gov....

FILE - In this March 11, 2020 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures as Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, back, listens during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the governor asked Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, to reconsider his decision to welcome students back to the Lynchburg campus this week after their spring break. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

With virus cases rising, Northam halts elective surgeries

Mar. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — All elective surgeries at Virginia hospitals must be suspended to preserve the capacity of the state's health care system amid the coronavirus pandemic, the governor ordered Wednesday. Health officials reported a one-day increase of more than 100 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused...

FILE - In this Wednesday March 21, 2018 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, right, with Sec. of Finance, Aubrey Lane, as he makes remarks at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Proposed pay boosts for Virginia teachers and state workers are in serious jeopardy as state officials scramble to figure out just how bad the conoravirus' impact will be on the state budget (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Raises for Virginia teachers, state employees in peril

Mar. 25, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers passed a budget earlier this month that would give teachers and state employees raises and bonuses — a win for public sector workers who said they'd suffered too many years of stagnant pay since the Great Recession. The total cost of the pay increases was...

Northam warns that 'new normal' will last months in Virginia

Mar. 24, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam doubled down Tuesday on his warning that people will have to stay at home and many businesses will remain shuttered for “months, not weeks” as the nation battles the coronavirus pandemic. Northam, who is a doctor, warned against “mixed...

State flags to fly at half staff to honor former first lady

Mar. 24, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday directed state flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half staff in honor of former Rhode Island first lady Virginia Coates Chafee. The flags will remain lowered until sunset Wednesday, the day of burial. Coates Chafee, the wife of one former Rhode Island governor...