Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, listens as Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, right, answers a reporter's question on parole due to the Coronavirus during the press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 11, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

After controversy, parole grant in officer's slaying delayed

May. 11, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The expected release Monday of a man convicted in the 1979 killing of a Richmond police officer was put on hold amid an investigation by Virginia's government watchdog agency into the parole board's handling of the inmate's case, state officials said. The slain officer's sister,...

Virginia Senate Clerk Susan Schaar, ties a mask on Virginia State Senator Thomas Norment, R-James City County, as they prepare for the reconvene session at the Science Museum of Virginia Wednesday April 22, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The Senate is meeting in a remote location due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool)

Virus pits health vs. public duty for some state lawmakers

Apr. 24, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

Kentucky Sen. Gerald Neal had a big decision to make as the legislature gathered at the state Capitol for some important votes amid the coronavirus outbreak. His dilemma wasn't simply whether to vote “yes” or “no,” but whether to even enter the state Senate. At age 74 with diabetes...