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Boogaloo Bois stand on the sidewalk on 9th Street in support of lobby day on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Richmond, Va.  The day is a chance for citizens to use a day off work to meet with their legislators. (AP Photo/John C. Clark)

Senate gathers on 'Lobby Day' under heightened security

Jan. 18, 2021 3:52 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state lawmakers met under heightened security Monday amid concerns about possible civil unrest in state capitals in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Several gun-rights advocates came to Richmond on Monday, some of them heavily armed. The Martin...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, Florence Mullins, 89, sits in a chair as a family member holds her place in a long line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Fair Park in Dallas. Uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments triggered anger and confusion Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in some states where officials worried that expected shipments would not be forthcoming.  (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Jan. 15, 2021 10:58 PM EST

Governors bitterly accused the Trump administration Friday of deceiving the states about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine they can expect to receive as they ramp up vaccinations for senior citizens and others. But the government attributed the anger to confusion and misguided expectations on the part of the states....

City worker Carlos Ruiz gives instruction to a COVID-19 patient after delivering a tank of oxygen to her home in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The city offers free oxygen refills for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Jan. 15, 2021 10:37 PM EST

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago. The country also recorded 1,106 more deaths. It was unclear if the spike was due to the presence of the U.K. virus variant, of which only one case has so...

FILE - In this  Wednesday Nov 18, 2020. file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a COVID-19 briefing at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia lawmakers are set to start this year’s legislative session focused on COVID-19 relief efforts and legalizing marijuana. The 2021 session will kick off Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 with lawmakers meeting away from the Capitol as the state continues to wrestle with the impacts of a global pandemic that’s shut down school, closed businesses and left more than 5,000 Virginians dead in last 10 months, including a state senator. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Northam announces expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 14, 2021 4:30 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials announced changes Thursday that significantly expand the pool of people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as they also outlined plans for mass-vaccination clinics to speed up the pace of inoculations. Gov. Ralph Northam said at a news conference in Richmond that the...

Members of the Senate, including Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, left, Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke, center and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, right, placed roses on the desk of the late Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, on opening day of the General Assembly inside the Science Museum in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  Chafin died on Jan. 1 due to complications related to the coronavirus. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Northam outlines priorities to lawmakers as session begins

Jan. 13, 2021 8:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam outlined his plans to legalize marijuana and announced his intention to give teachers a raise Wednesday during an annual address to state lawmakers. The governor gave his State of the Commonwealth speech on the first day of the 2021 legislative...

Virginia's Capitol Square to close on annual lobbying day

Jan. 12, 2021 7:06 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amid reports of possible armed protests at state capitals across the country, Virginia officials plan to close Capitol Square in Richmond to the public Monday, an annual day for constituents to lobby lawmakers. Dena Potter, a spokeswoman for the Department of General Services,...

Hogan: National Guard boost from 500 to 1,000 for Washington

Jan. 12, 2021 3:10 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is doubling the number of Maryland National Guard troops available to help protect Washington ahead of the presidential inauguration to 1,000, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. Hogan said there are ongoing discussions about securing the nation's capital after last week's...

With the Washington Monument in the background, people attend a rally in support of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The Latest: No public access to Capitol grounds Jan. 20

Jan. 11, 2021 9:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Police say there will be no public access to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden after a violent riot at the Capitol last...

FILE - In this  Wednesday Nov 18, 2020. file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a COVID-19 briefing at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia lawmakers are set to start this year’s legislative session focused on COVID-19 relief efforts and legalizing marijuana. The 2021 session will kick off Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 with lawmakers meeting away from the Capitol as the state continues to wrestle with the impacts of a global pandemic that’s shut down school, closed businesses and left more than 5,000 Virginians dead in last 10 months, including a state senator. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

COVID relief, marijuana legalization key in 2021 session

Jan. 10, 2021 8:04 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are set to start this year's legislative session focused on COVID-19 relief efforts and legalizing marijuana. The 2021 session will kick off Wednesday, with lawmakers meeting away from the Capitol as the state continues to wrestle with the impacts of a global...

FILE-This Tuesday March 24, 2020 file photo shows s sign that marks an entrance to Liberty University as students were welcomed back to the campus during the coronavirus outbreak in Lynchburg, Va.  Liberty University sued Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 accusing his administration of wrongfully denying financial aid to some of the evangelical school's online students.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber,File)

Liberty University sues governor over financial aid changes

Jan. 8, 2021 1:15 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University sued Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday, accusing his administration of wrongfully denying financial aid to some of the evangelical school's online students. At issue is a budget change Northam and the Democrat-controlled General Assembly implemented last year...