Latest Virginia state government News

Youngkin faces new lawsuit as Virginia mask order kicks in

Jan. 24, 2022 17:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin was facing a new legal challenge over his executive action that aimed to let parents opt out of school mask mandates as his order took effect Monday but was ignored by some districts. Youngkin issued the order as one of...

Youngkin appoints Carrie Roth to lead Employment Commission

Jan. 24, 2022 12:01 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin has named Carrie Roth as head of the Virginia Employment Commission, which has had trouble processing and paying nearly 2 million unemployment benefit claims during the pandemic. Roth was one of 19 appointees announced by the Republican...

Virginia's new AG removes 2 lawyers at public universities

Jan. 23, 2022 22:02 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s new Attorney General Jason Miyares has fired lawyers for two large public universities, his office said, marking more significant changes as the Republican ascends to his new job. Tim Heaphy, counsel for the University of Virginia, and...

With new AG, Virginia takes new position on abortion case

Jan. 22, 2022 18:55 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s new attorney general has altered the state’s position on a closely watched abortion case before the U.S. Supreme Court, with his office now saying it should be left to individual states to decide on restrictions. When Democrat Mark Herring was...

Va. parent accused of misdemenanor for words to school board

Jan. 22, 2022 12:50 PM EST

LURAY, Va. (AP) — A Virginia parent has been charged with a misdemeanor for her comments to a local school board weighing whether to align its mask-wearing policy with an executive order by new Gov. Glenn Youngkin that would make masks optional for students. Amelia Ruffner King,...

Rare blast of snow, ice takes aim at Southeast US coast

Jan. 21, 2022 22:23 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Freezing rain, sleet and snow blew into coastal areas stretching from South Carolina to Virginia on Friday in a winter storm that forecasters say could snarl a region that's unaccustomed to winter precipitation. Authorities along the North and South Carolina...

Youngkin: For now, listen to principals on school masks

Jan. 21, 2022 18:41 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin said Friday he’s confident his administration will win a court battle over his executive order allowing parents to opt out of school mask mandates for their children, but he advised parents to “listen to their principal” until the Supreme...

Youngkin lays out 'COVID Action Plan' for Virginia

Jan. 20, 2022 18:08 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order Thursday intended to continue offering hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers extra flexibility as they deal with the latest COVID-19 surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The...

Finance reports: Youngkin raised big bucks post election

Jan. 20, 2022 18:00 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Corporate interests with business before the state government cut hefty checks to Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's campaign committee after his victory in November through the end of December, according to finance reports filed this week. Youngkin, who...

The Carolinas and Virginia brace for blast of ice, snow

Jan. 20, 2022 16:34 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Carolinas and Virginia were bracing for more winter weather on Thursday, with officials urging drivers to stay off potentially icy roads and schools canceling classes in coastal areas that don't frequently see frozen precipitation. The governors of North...