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West Virginia education bill advances as teachers protest

Jun. 17, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday advanced a sweeping education proposal to allow the state's first charter schools after a similar Senate bill sparked massive teacher protests at the state Capitol. The measure cleared an early hurdle as lawmakers in the...

High court lets Virginia voting go ahead under redrawn map

Jun. 17, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates this year using a map seen as favorable to Democrats as a result of a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The political boundaries are important because Republicans currently control the House by a slim majority. Only four...

Supreme Court sides with Virginia in uranium mining ban case

Jun. 17, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with the state of Virginia on Monday, finding nothing improper about its decades-old ban on mining radioactive uranium. The owners of a massive deposit of radioactive uranium, the largest known in the United States, challenged that ban, which has prevented them...

Virginia Democrats push gun control ahead of special session

Jun. 17, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in Virginia are trying to make the public case for greater gun restrictions ahead of a special legislative session next month spurred by the fatal shooting of 12 people at a city office. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and...

Virginia AG calls for state to legalize marijuana

Jun. 15, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is calling for the legalization of marijuana. Herring said Saturday that Virginia should start decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and eventually legalize the drug. The Democratic attorney general said criminal prosecutions...

Trump looms large as West Virginia GOP leaders squabble

Jun. 14, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In a state where President Donald Trump's name is still gold, Republican leaders are fighting in a public and caustic way over who's his best friend. On one side, Gov. Jim Justice says he and Trump are "bound at the hip." On the other, Senate Republican leaders argue the governor...

After mass shooting, Virginia gov to host gun control talks

Jun. 14, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is announcing a series of public talks his administration will host in the run up to a July 9 special session on gun laws. Northam's office said Thursday that Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Secretary of Health and Human...

Virginia Lt. Gov. lawyers ask for sex assault investigation

Jun. 13, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have sent letters to prosecutors in three states asking them to open a criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations against him. In copies of the letter obtained Wednesday by news outlets, Fairfax's lawyers asked district...

Primary victor could add to Virginia Democrats' headaches

Jun. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans keep getting help from an unexpected source as they try to win over suburban voters unhappy with President Donald Trump: Virginia Democrats. The latest instance was Tuesday's victory by a former lawmaker who once spent his nights in jail and his days at the...

Virginia primary has lots of surprise, no clear message

Jun. 11, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's closely watched off-year primary contest produced plenty of surprises Tuesday, but little in the way of a coherent message. The top Democrat in the state Senate narrowly won his primary despite heavily outspending a progressive challenger, and another incumbent lost her seat...