Latest Virginia state government News

Virginia governor says state will abandon California emissions standards by the end of the year

Jun. 05, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday that Virginia will abandon California's stringent vehicle emissions rules aimed at reducing carbon pollution at the end of the year when that state’s current regulations expire, citing an attorney general opinion. In...

Lawmakers call for further inquiry into Virginia prison that had hypothermia hospitalizations

May. 22, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A raft of hypothermia hospitalizations and other questionable conditions at a Virginia prison uncovered in a recent report deserve further scrutiny, leading Democratic state lawmakers said this week. Lawmakers pledged to press Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's...

Virginia lawmakers agree to extend budget talks as they take up Youngkin amendments, vetoes

Apr. 17, 2024 18:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats who control the Virginia General Assembly reached an 11th-hour compromise with Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin to extend the timeline for negotiations over the state budget, a move that lawmakers said Wednesday would offer a reset for what has so far been a bitter...

Collapse of NBA, NHL arena deal prompts recriminations, allegations of impropriety in Virginia

Apr. 01, 2024 16:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The majority owner of the Washington Wizards and Capitals, Ted Leonsis, told a crowd in December he had “goosebumps” at the thought of moving his NBA and NHL teams from Washington to Virginia, “if all goes as planned.” It did not. ...

Youngkin vetoes Virginia bills mandating minimum wage increase, establishing marijuana retail sales

Mar. 28, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoed two top Democratic legislative priorities on Thursday: bills that would have allowed the recreational retail sales of marijuana to begin next year and measures mandating a minimum wage increase. The development,...

Rain helps contain still-burning wildfires in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley; state sending more aid

Mar. 23, 2024 16:38 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Crews who have been battling still-burning wildfires in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley this week have gotten an assist from rain and from the state government, which has deployed new resources to the area, officials said Saturday. “Without a doubt the rain is...

DC attorney general argues NHL's Capitals, NBA's Wizards must play in Washington through 2047

Mar. 22, 2024 21:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for the District of Columbia contends that the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals are obligated to play their games in the downtown arena through 2047, the city's latest salvo to keep them from leaving and one that the teams'...