Latest Ralph Northam News

Audio shows Northam administration criticizing watchdog

Apr. 19, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a combative meeting last year, members of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration criticized the state inspector general over his investigation into the parole board and made clear they wanted to keep subsequent findings from being made public, according to an...

Get vaccinated, Northam says, as state opens up eligibility

Apr. 19, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam urged Virginians to continue getting vaccinated against the coronavirus Monday, a day after the state opened up eligibility for a shot to everyone 16 and older. “The sooner that we can get people vaccinated the better and the...

Changes to bill bans guns in state buildings, Capitol Square

Apr. 15, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia legislators recently accepted the governor’s substitute to a bill banning firearms on and near Capitol Square, as well as in state buildings. Lawmakers voted last year to ban firearms from the state Capitol. Senate Bill 1381, introduced...

Lawsuit filed over delays at Virginia Employment Commission

Apr. 15, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Five women are suing the leader of the Virginia agency that handles unemployment benefits, alleging “gross failures" to provide needed help as required by law amid the coronavirus pandemic. The class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday morning in...

Virginia Senate rejects gun control bill amendments

Apr. 14, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate rejected the governor’s amendments to a bill that restricts the gun rights of anyone convicted for assault and battery of a family member. Under House Bill 1992, introduced by Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax, anyone convicted...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Apr. 14, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ April 13 The Greensboro News & Record on gun violence: It would be understandable if some wished that we could return to stricter sequestration. Not...

Officer accused of force in stop of Black Army officer fired

Apr. 11, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black Army officer during a traffic stop has since been fired, a Virginia town announced late Sunday, hours after the governor called for an independent investigation into the case. ...

Northam endorses predecessor McAuliffe for Virginia governor

Apr. 08, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that he is backing Terry McAuliffe in the race to succeed him, handing his predecessor one of the contest's most coveted endorsements. Speaking at an event at the Norfolk waterfront, Northam...

Virginia becomes first Southern state to legalize marijuana

Apr. 07, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia became the first Southern state to legalize marijuana Wednesday, as lawmakers voted to approve Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a bill that will allow adults to possess and cultivate small amounts of the drug starting in July. ...

McAuliffe takes jabs from fellow Democrats in debate

Apr. 06, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

ETTRICK, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe touted his record Tuesday evening while his opponents made their case that the Commonwealth needs new leadership during the first televised debate among Democrats in this year's governor's race. McAuliffe, former...