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Traffic is sparse as it winds around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave near downtown Tuesday April 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has instituted a stay at home order until June 10th for the entire state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Northam to postpone action on teacher raises, tuition freeze

Apr. 7, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam plans to delay some long-sought Democratic priorities until more is known about how the pandemic will affect the economy, pushing back decisions on whether to give teachers and state workers raises, freeze in-state college tuition, and implement other new...

This undated photo released by the Iowa Department of Corrections shows Gentric Hicks, an inmate at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa, Iowa. Lawyers for Hicks, 73, maintain that he was wrongly convicted of first-degree murder in 1977 and are seeking DNA testing on an orange hunting cap that the killer left at the crime scene. (Iowa Department of Corrections via AP)

Judge grants Iowa inmate's request for DNA test in 1976 case

Apr. 7, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered DNA testing on a hat left at the scene of a fatal 1976 shooting that an Iowa inmate hopes will prove he has been wrongly imprisoned for decades. Judge John Wright ordered the orange hunting cap shipped to a Virginia laboratory for testing that could show...

Arlington board member resigns after brain cancer diagnosis

Apr. 7, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A member of Arlington County's governing board has resigned after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Erik Gutshall, 49, was elected to the five-member Arlington County Board in 2017. Gutshall said in a statement Monday that he has been undergoing treatment for brain cancer for the...

In this March 27, 2020 photo provided by Thomas Kim, TJ Kim, 16, loads medical supplies into a plane in Leesburg, Va., before flying to a hospital in Luray. Kim began delivering donated medical supplies to rural hospitals in need after realizing his flight training could be put to good use during the coronavirus pandemic. (Thomas Kim via AP)

16-year-old pilot flies medical supplies to rural hospitals

Apr. 7, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — TJ Kim can’t play lacrosse -- COVID-19 took the sport away. And at age 16, he can’t drive alone. But Kim can fly. And he’s turned his flying lessons into missions of mercy, bringing desperately needed supplies to rural hospitals in need. Each week, he carries...

New numbers show that gun sales are surging in Virginia

Apr. 7, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — New numbers from the state of Virginia show that gun sales have begun to surge during the coronavirus pandemic. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center recorded 80,228 transactions in March. That's a 75% spike over the same month last...

Performer Chris Stapleton attends the Gershwin Prize Honoree's Tribute Concert at DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18

Apr. 7, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18 April 12: Actress Jane Withers is 94. Musician Herbie Hancock is 80. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 76. Actor Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family,” ″Married...With Children”) is 74. Actor Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”)...

Police: Two children hurt after suspect shoots into car

Apr. 6, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been arrested after investigators said he fired shots into a car, injuring two children, a sheriff's office said. Bedford County 911 received a call just after 7 p.m. on Sunday reporting two people had been shot, news outlets reported. The Bedford County Sheriff's...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam holds up a face mask he carries to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as he addresses his daily news briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Monday, April 6, 2020. He said that the mask was made by inmates at one of Virginia's penal facilities. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Death toll at Virginia long-term care facility rises to 28

Apr. 6, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eight more residents of a Virginia long-term care facility who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the death toll amid the outbreak to 28, the facility's administrator said Monday. Deaths at the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County have...

Booze Call: Distilleries can ship directly to consumers

Apr. 6, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — For Virginia residents, alcohol runs could be made with a quick trip to the front door. The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority announced it would allow certain distilleries to ship directly to in-state customers to alleviate potential financial hardships during the...

Authorities warn of scams targeting relief checks

Apr. 6, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia are warning of possible scams related to the coronavirus epidemic. And they're particularly worried about the $1,200 checks that many Americans will receive from the federal government in the coming weeks and months. The warning comes from the Internal Revenue...