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Agency: Virginia Parole Board violated law, policies in case

Aug. 6, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Parole Board and its former chairwoman violated state law and its own policies and procedures in granting the release of a man convicted decades ago of killing a Richmond police officer, according to a report from the state's government watchdog agency that was initially...

An image of George Floyd is projected on a screen in front of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Tuesday July 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Change.org and the George Floyd Foundation officially launched

George Floyd's family gathers in Virginia to unveil hologram

Aug. 6, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of George Floyd witnessed the unveiling of a hologram in Virginia on Tuesday night, where flickering lights came together to create an image of Floyd's head and shoulders transposed over the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue. The event in Richmond on historic Monument...

FILE - This March 30, 2016 file photo shows a Hilton hotel in Richmond, Va. Hilton posted a loss of $432 million in the second quarter as the coronavirus kept travelers at home, but the company said it’s starting to see some improvement in occupancy as restrictions are lifted.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Hilton sales plunge in second quarter with travel frozen

Aug. 6, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

Hilton lost $432 million in the second quarter, and occupancy rates began to lift from dismal lows as hotels reopen and coronavirus restrictions were lifted around the world. After hitting 13% in mid-April, global hotel occupancy is now running around 45%, Hilton President and CEO Christopher Nassetta said during...

FILE - This photo provided by the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office shows Jacob Scott Goodwin of Ward, Arkansas. The Supreme Court of Virginia denied the appeals of Goodwin and Alex Michael Ramos, convicted in the 2017 brutal beating of DeAndre Harris in a Charlottesville parking garage the day of a violent white supremacist rally.  The court denied Goodwin’s petition for appeal Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, and denied Ramos’ petition for appeal in early May, according to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's office. (Lonoke County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Court denies 2 appeals in Charlottesville rally beating

Aug. 6, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has denied the appeals of two men convicted in the brutal beating of a Black man in a Charlottesville parking garage the day of a violent white supremacist rally. The court denied Jacob Scott Goodwin’s petition for appeal Wednesday and...

Virginia parks are seeing a rise in popularity - and damage

Aug. 6, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's state parks have experienced a surge in visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. But their popularity has led to an increase in littering and alcohol use as well as environmental damage and people taking dangerous risks to post photos on social media. The Richmond-Times...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William

Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans

Aug. 6, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago." The one-minute ad, which was shared exclusively with The...

Feds: Man pleads guilty to threatening to burn Black church

Aug. 6, 2020 5:39 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to threatening to burn down a Black church in Virginia days after one of the church’s leaders took part in a vigil for George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minnesota. John Malcolm Bareswill, 63, entered the plea...

FILE - This Sept. 2, 2015 file photo shows the the door to the cell at Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Va., where 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was found dead Aug. 19, 2015. The Justice Department has proposed that a Virginia jail comply with a consent decree that would require officials to improve medical treatment for inmates. The announcement on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, marks one of the first times the department has proposed such a resolution in the Trump administration.(Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

Feds propose consent decree to ensure care at Virginia jail

Aug. 5, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department proposed Wednesday that a Virginia jail comply with a consent decree requiring officials to improve medical treatment for inmates, marking one of the first times the department has proposed such a resolution in the Trump administration. The rare action follows a...

US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, G. Zachary Terwilliger speaks on an MS-13 sex trafficking case at a press conference Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.  (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)

Police charge alleged MS-13 members with trafficking teen

Aug. 5, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 11 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 street gang with sex trafficking and other charges after they say a 13-year-old runaway was repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat and forced into prostitution in northern Virginia. Charges were unsealed...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020, file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va. Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. It's the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. The Covidwise app was available on the tech giants’ app stores Wednesday, Aug. 5,  ahead of an expected announcement from Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

Aug. 5, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. But hopes for a nationwide app that can work seamlessly across state...