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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol Wednesday April 8, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Northam gave an update on his COVID-19 plans. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Nation's only doctor governor offers sober voice on virus

Apr. 9, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his top aides were having a meeting about the coronavirus when the discussion turned to neckties. The governor said he had read a study in a medical journal showing that ties worn by doctors at hospitals can host harmful germs and help spread disease. So...

A City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary election, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis.  (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

New Jersey, Virginia push back primaries amid outbreak

Apr. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

New Jersey and Virginia on Wednesday joined at least 15 other states in delaying their primaries amid the coronavirus pandemic so election officials can make preparations to address public health concerns and deal with a poll worker shortage brought on by the outbreak. The two states were the first to postpone...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is delaying the June primary elections for Congress by two weeks because of the coronavirus

Apr. 8, 2020 2:55 PM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is delaying the June primary elections for Congress by two weeks because of the coronavirus.

Democrat Carroll Foy files to run for Virginia governor

Apr. 7, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy has filed paperwork to run what could be a history-making campaign to become Virginia's first woman governor and the first African-American female governor in the United States. Carroll Foy, an attorney and two-term member of the House of...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2016, file photo, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., poses during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia's governor asked Falwell on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, to reconsider his decision to welcome students back to the Lynchburg campus this week after their spring break. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Liberty University: We're complying with virus-related ban

Mar. 30, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's governor on Monday ordered all higher education institutions to halt any in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, a move likely directed at Liberty University, which initially declined to stop all on-campus teaching. The evangelical college in Lynchburg led by...

Liberty University's football stadium is empty as students were welcomed back to the university's campus, Tuesday March 24 , 2020, in Lynchburg, Va. Officials in Lynchburg, said Tuesday they were fielding complaints and concerns about the hundreds of students that have returned from their spring break to Liberty University, where President Jerry Falwell Jr. has welcomed them back amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Governor urges Falwell to rethink welcoming students

Mar. 25, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia's governor asked Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Wednesday to reconsider his decision to welcome students back to the Lynchburg campus this week after their spring break. Speaking at a news conference in Richmond, Gov....

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori listens questions from journalist during a press conference Monday, March 23, 2020, in Tokyo. As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: US officials working on $2 trillion rescue deal

Mar. 24, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 381,000 people and killed over 16,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 101,000 people have recovered so...

This undated photo provided by the Virginia Attorney General's office shows former Catholic priest Scott Asalone, of Asbury Park, N.J. Asalone was arrested in New Jersey Saturday, March 14, 2020, and will be transferred to Virginia, where he has been charged in Loudoun Country with sexually abusing a teenage boy in 1985. (Virginia Attorney General's office via AP)

Former priest in northern Virginia charged with sexual abuse

Mar. 16, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A former Catholic priest in northern Virginia has been charged with sexually abusing a teenager in a case that dates back nearly 35 years, and a city councilman for the District of Columbia came forward to say he was the victim. Scott Asalone, 63, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, was...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, Dick Saslaw, Virginia Senate Majority Leader, stands near a podium after it was announced that he had won re-election at a Democrat election results party in Fairfax, Va. Environmental advocates notched one win, after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge.  “You can't fix the climate problem for free,

For environmentalists, a 'monumental' legislative session

Mar. 14, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge. Legislators sent bills to Gov. Ralph Northam that will remake...

The Latest: US military halting domestic travel amid virus

Mar. 13, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the world's coronavirus pandemic: The U.S. Defense Department is planning to halt all domestic travel for military members after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. The Pentagon says Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist has approved new travel...