Latest Virginia state government News

Pressure rising for Democrats in Virginia governor's race

Sep. 24, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Stuart, a longtime Republican state senator in Virginia, got three days' notice this summer to help pull together a weekday campaign event for Glenn Youngkin, the GOP candidate for governor. To his surprise and delight, some 200 people...

VA Medical Center near Helena to open beds to non-veterans

Sep. 24, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana hospitals that reach capacity due to a surge in COVID-19 cases may be able to transfer patients to the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center west of Helena, while additional National Guard soldiers are being activated to help at hospitals, Gov. Greg Gianforte...

Police give all-clear after Virginia active shooter report

Sep. 24, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police have given the all-clear after a search of two state office buildings in Virginia’s capital Friday prompted by a report of a possible active shooter. Police concluded their search of the Madison and Monroe state office buildings in downtown...

Virginia supreme court rejects redistricting challenge

Sep. 22, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected a legal challenge to a state law that changes how prison inmates are counted for purposes of redistricting. The challenge came from individuals, including southwest Virginia state Sen. Travis Hackworth, who...

Court throws out ruling on handgun sales to people under 21

Sep. 22, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling that found a law banning licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to young adults under 21 is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond...

Bipartisan redistricting panel starts off with partisan maps

Sep. 20, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A new bipartisan redistricting commission is looking at two sets of distinctly partisan maps as it sets out to draw new boundaries for Virginia's General Assembly districts. Democratic and Republican map drawers on Monday submitted their first...

Virginia House candidate blasted for insulting tweet

Sep. 18, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has apologized after tweeting a derogatory comment about the appearance of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn that some Democrats said was an antisemitic attack. The Washington Post reports ...

Early in-person voting begins in Virginia

Sep. 17, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Early in-person voting in Virginia’s general election has begun. Friday is the first day of a 45-day period when voters can cast ballots in-person before Election Day at a local registrar's office or satellite voting location. Voters are casting...

Virginia adds digital option for vaccination records

Sep. 17, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians have a new digital option for proving that they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. The Virginia Department of Health has added barcodes that can be scanned with smartphones known as QR codes to state COVID-19 vaccination records,...

Flooding causes traffic snarls, water rescues in Richmond

Sep. 17, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Heavy rains in portions of Virginia stopped traffic on interstate highways and led to a number of water rescues, officials said. A storm moving through the Richmond area dropped nearly 3 inches of rain in one hour. The Richmond Fire Department...