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FILE - House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, talks on a phone as he sits at the feet of the statue of former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. Saturday, March 13, 2010. A panel of Virginia legislators will discuss the removal of a statue of former governor and U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr., from the state Capitol grounds. Byrd was a staunch segregationist and the architect of massive resistance against integrating schools. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia lawmakers vote to remove statue of segregationist

Jan. 22, 2021 3:13 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of Virginia legislators advanced a bill Friday to remove a statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr., a staunch segregationist, from the state Capitol grounds. The decision came amid a yearslong effort in history-rich Virginia to rethink who is honored in the state's public spaces. Byrd, a...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talks with two volunteers who were administering the COVID-19 vaccination at the Richmond Raceway complex in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. At right is Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Henrico. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia health official says no vaccines have gone to waste

Jan. 21, 2021 6:53 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A top health official said Thursday that he's confident no COVID-19 vaccine doses have gone to waste in Virginia, despite mounting criticism over the state's sluggish inoculation rate and questions about where shots have been distributed. Dr. Danny Avula, who was recently tapped by...

Today in History

Jan. 20, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2021. There are 345 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 1986, the United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. On this date: In 1265,...

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 7:05 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...