Latest Virginia state government News

Virus' impact to Virginia budget not as bad as feared

Jul. 9, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic's impact on Virginia's state budget hasn't been as bad as previously feared. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that Virginia ended fiscal 2020 with a $236.5 million budget shortfall, far less than anticipated. Overall, state revenues were up 2% from the...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice said Thursday, July 2, 2020, that residents should prepare for a mandatory face mask order as the state’s new coronavirus cases rise to their highest level since the pandemic began. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

3,100 West Virginians file for jobless aid as virus surges

Jul. 9, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

About 3,100 West Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus continues to damage the economy, according to federal statistics released Thursday. The jobless claims in the state were slightly down from the previous week but remain much higher than pre-pandemic levels. The filings come...

School reopening plans become political flash point

Jul. 8, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — The debate over whether schools should reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic with in-person learning offered five days a week has become a political flash point in Virginia. The same day that President Donald Trump threatened to withhold federal aid to state and local schools that...

Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

Jul. 8, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Wednesday. Herring said the project to test rape kits — some decades old — began in 2015. Since then,...

Board allows candidates extra time to get on ballot

Jul. 7, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two prominent Republican congressional candidates were given a reprieve by the Virginia State Board of Elections for not filing candidate paperwork on time. The board voted 2-1 Tuesday to extend a filing deadline for Republicans Bob Good and Nick Freitas, as well as handful of other...

Protesters and journalists gather around a United States flag as it burns outside the White House on a section of 16th Street that has been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

The Latest: Columbus statue yanked, tossed into Inner Harbor

Jul. 4, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

The Latest on protests over racial inequality: BALTIMORE — Baltimore protesters have pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and thrown it into the city’s Inner Harbor. News outlets reported that demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument in the Little Italy neighborhood on Saturday night....

Virginia officials order US flag removed from building site

Jul. 4, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials in Virginia ordered the removal of a large American flag from a construction site ahead of the Fourth of July, calling it a potential target for people protesting racial injustice and police brutality. Dena Potter, spokeswoman for the state Department of General...

Ex-Virginia governor accuses state library agency of racism

Jul. 4, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is accusing the state’s library agency of racism for its slow pace in processing and publicly presenting records from his tenure as the nation’s first elected Black governor. Wilder, 89, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Friday he...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam answers a question during a press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va. Thursday, June 25,, 2020. Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

In late reversal, Northam moves to keep limits on bars

Jun. 30, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is taking a late step to keep people from gathering at bars as the state prepares to enter Phase 3 of its reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said Tuesday the state's restaurants will not be allowed to fully reopen their bars as previously...