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Virginia students protest Youngkin transgender policies

Sep. 27, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Student activists held school walkouts across Virginia on Tuesday to protest Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's proposed changes to the state's guidance on transgender student policies, revisions that would roll back some accommodations. Beginning Tuesday morning,...

Documentary explores history of asylum for Black patients

Sep. 25, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — When the American Psychiatric Association celebrated its 175th anniversary three years ago in San Francisco, it featured photographs of two Virginia mental institutions that contributed to its birth — what are now Eastern State and Western State hospitals. ...

Achievement center aims to help at-risk youth

Sep. 24, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — The Timbrook Achievement Center — TAC for short — is working hard to help at-risk youth in Winchester and Frederick County. Since its opening in October 2019, TAC has had 56 participants (it was closed from March 2020 to October 2020 because of the...

Suit challenges implementation of Disabilities Education Act

Sep. 22, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A class-action suit filed on Wednesday challenges Virginia’s implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia asserts that when parents challenge school plans for...

Martinsville Seven marker unveiled

Sep. 18, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — On a rainy morning people gathered for the unveiling and dedication of a marker in front of the old Henry County Courthouse uptown recognizing the Martinsville Seven. “Here in 1949, six all-white, all-male juries convicted seven Black men of the rape of a...

Virginia governor seeks new transgender student policies

Sep. 17, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration has rewritten Virginia's model policies for the treatment of transgender students, issuing guidance for school divisions that would roll back some accommodations and tighten parental notification requirements. The...

Virginia judge dismisses youth climate change lawsuit

Sep. 16, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of 13 young people who claim that the state's permitting of fossil fuel projects is exacerbating climate change and violating their constitutional rights. The lawsuit filed by Our Children's Trust,...

Virginia lawmakers again fail to fill key regulatory job

Sep. 07, 2022 20:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers elected a handful of local judges Wednesday but failed yet again to fill a vacancy on the powerful State Corporation Commission, which regulates a wide range of business interests. The lack of action during the politically divided General...

Former state elections official charged with corrupt conduct

Sep. 07, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — The former elections registrar in Prince William County has been indicted on felony charges that include corrupt conduct in office. Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced the three-count indictment against Michele White Wednesday, but declined to...

Virginia completes transfer of inmates for prison renovation

Sep. 07, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (AP) — Prison officials in Virginia on Wednesday completed the transfer of more than 200 inmates from the Lawrenceville Correctional Center to prepare for a multi-year renovation project at the medium-security penitentiary. The inmates are being transferred to...