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Governor praises removal of Jefferson Davis' name from park

Aug. 6, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

FORT MONROE, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is praising the state's removal of Confederate president Jefferson Davis' name from an archway at the site where the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia 400 years ago. Northam said at a news conference Tuesday that removing the letters from a...

Virginia's top mental health official dies after crash

Aug. 2, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's top mental health official has died from injuries he suffered in a three-car crash in which an 18-year-old woman was killed. Gov. Ralph Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said on Friday that the family of 52-year-old Dr. S. Hughes Melton notified the governor of his death....

Correction: Jamestown Ceremony story

Jul. 29, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — In a story July 28 about events commemorating key moments in Virginia's colonial history, The Associated Press reported erroneously that July 30 marks the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the House of Burgesses. It marks the 400th anniversary of the first General Assembly. A...

Virginia lawmakers spar on reported Trump visit to Jamestown

Jul. 20, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are sparring after a report that President Donald Trump will attend the 400th anniversary celebration of the first meeting of the state's legislative body in Jamestown. Democrats have threatened to boycott the event because they say Trump doesn't represent their...

Blackface scandal dampens Virginia governor's fundraising

Jul. 16, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career. But he's also managed to remain a major source of campaign cash for Democrats, including those who have previously called on him to resign....

Miners worried about pay during Blackjewel coal bankruptcy

Jul. 10, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some Virginia miners for the coal company Blackjewel LLC say their paychecks are bouncing and they remain out of work as the company goes through bankruptcy proceedings. The Roanoke Times reports some workers say they're unsure if they still have jobs after reportedly being asked to...

Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax says eyewitness backs up his story

Jul. 10, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attorney for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says there's a witness who can corroborate his story that he did not rape a woman while they were students at Duke University nearly 20 years ago. Fairfax lawyer Barry Pollack sent a letter Tuesday to a North Carolina prosecutor saying...

Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws

Jul. 10, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Deep-pocketed interest groups and activists on both sides of the long-running fight over gun laws are gearing up for a major clash in Virginia, now a key election battleground in the issue after Republicans on Tuesday adjourned a special legislative session called by the governor to...

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

Jul. 9, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam summoned the Republican-led Legislature to...

The Latest: Virginia GOP: Panel should review gun issues

Jul. 9, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's special legislative session to consider stricter gun laws after a mass shooting (all times local): 2 p.m. Republican leaders in Virginia's General Assembly say the state's crime commission needs to take a measured look at gun issues to try to find a bipartisan...