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FILE - This Sept. 15, 2019, file photo shows The Greenbrier resort nestled in the mountains in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. At least six of billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice family entities received the Paycheck Protection Program loans, meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, including the governor’s lavish resort The Greenbrier, as well as The Greenbrier Sporting Club, an exclusive members-only club linked to the resort. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Governors' companies among recipients of virus relief loans

Jul. 6, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19's effect on the economy, data released Monday show. The governors of at least eight states...

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...

FILE - In this  July 21, 2016, file photo, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Falwell has apologized after posting a tweet on May 27, 2020, aimed at Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's coronavirus mask mandate, that included a picture of a mask bearing a photo of a person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume. That photo appeared on Northam's medical school yearbook page and, when made public in 2019, sparked a furor that nearly forced him from office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Evangelical Liberty U rattled by its own racial reckoning

Jun. 24, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the nation wrestles with how to do more for racial equality, Liberty University — a school whose leadership has said it doesn't have a problem — is facing its own tough questions. Jerry Falwell Jr., who leads the prominent evangelical Christian university, apologized...

Workers for The Virginia Department of General Services install concrete barriers around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Wednesday June 17, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The barriers are intended to protect the safety of demonstrators as well as the structure itself. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

For now, Virginia still can't remove massive Lee statue

Jun. 18, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge on Thursday extended a court order preventing Virginia’s governor from removing a historic statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a famed avenue in the former capital of the Confederacy. Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo ruled that an earlier 10-day injunction will...

FILE- In this Jan. 12, 2017 file photo State Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, smiles as she is applauded by members of the Virginia House of Delegates during a warm send-off from the chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. McClellan announced Thursday, June 18, 2020 that she's launching a bid to be the state's next governor, which if successful would make her the nation's first ever African-American woman to ever lead a state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Democrat McClellan announces bid to be Virginia governor

Jun. 18, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state senator is launching a bid to be the state's next governor, which if successful would make her the nation's first African American woman to lead a state. Sen. Jennifer McClellan announced Thursday that she's running for governor in 2021, saying she has the right skill...

Workers for The Virginia Department of General Services install concrete barriers around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The barriers are intended to protect the safety of demonstrators as well as the structure itself. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Plaintiffs drop 1 lawsuit, file another over Lee statue

Jun. 17, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of property owners along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue dropped one lawsuit and immediately replaced it with another on Wednesday seeking to block the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, an attorney for the group said. The six plaintiffs had...

In this June 4, 2020 file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va.  Northam announced Tuesday, June 16, 2020 that he's making Juneteenth _ a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. _ an official holiday in a state that was once home to the capital of the Confederacy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, file)

Virginia governor to propose Juneteenth as state holiday

Jun. 16, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that he's making Juneteenth — a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. — an official holiday in a state that was once home to the capital of the Confederacy. Juneteenth, which is also called Emancipation Day and...

Albuquerque police detain members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed civilian group, following the shooting of a man during a protest over a statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oñate on Monday, June 15, 2020, in Albuquerque, N.M. A confrontation erupted between protesters and a group of armed men who were trying to protect the statue before protesters wrapped a chain around it and began tugging on it while chanting: “Tear it down.” One protester repeatedly swung a pickax at the base of the statue. Moments later a few gunshots could be heard down the street and people started yelling that someone had been shot. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

The Latest: Man shot during protest over New Mexico statue

Jun. 16, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Man shot as protesters in New Mexico try to tear down statue. — Black Lives Matter banner removed from U.S. Embassy in South Korea. — Seattle City Council votes unanimously to bar police from using tear gas and pepper spray. — NYPD closes plainclothes anti-crime...

FILE - In this June 8, 2020 file photo an inspection crew from the Virginia Department of General Services takes measurements as they inspect the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Six property owners along Monument Avenue in Virginia's capital city filed a lawsuit Monday, June 15, 2020 seeking to stop Gov. Ralph Northam's administration from removing the towering statue. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, file)

New lawsuit opposes plans to remove Lee statue in Virginia

Jun. 15, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Six property owners along Monument Avenue in Virginia's capital city filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop Gov. Ralph Northam's administration from removing a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Northam recently ordered the statue's removal, citing the pain gripping...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence steps away from the microphone after speaking Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Clemson, S.C., during a protest rally over the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Latest: Clemson football players lead march on campus

Jun. 13, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Members of Clemson football team lead demonstration on campus. — Bust of slave owner torn down, thrown in river in New Orleans. — Protesters gather at Lee monument in Virginia's capital. — Authorities investigating death of black man found hanging from tree in...