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FILE - In this March 7, 2020 file photo, House Speaker Del. Eileen Filler-Corn wipes a tear as she is honored by fellow delegates during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.    Despite some early procedural hiccups, Filler-Corn used her role to push an aggressive agenda of change.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia House Speaker breaks ranks with her predecessors

Apr. 5, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When a bill banning assault weapons died in the Virginia Senate in February, it looked as though several gun- control bills promised by Democrats were suddenly in jeopardy. Rookie House Speaker Eileen ­Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) went to work to save them. She reached out to the...

Coronavirus anxiety soars for families of Virginia inmates

Apr. 3, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Anxiety among family members of inmates in Virginia prisons skyrocketed this week, after the state Department of Corrections announced that four inmates, four staff members and a nurse tested positive for the coronavirus. Families and inmate advocates fear this could be just the...

In this image provided by the Office of the Governor of Virginia,  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as he participates in a Skype interview from his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday April 2, 2020. (Jack Mayer/Office of the Governor of Virginia via AP)

Northam orders hiring freeze, agency heads to look for cuts

Apr. 3, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is instituting a hiring freeze of state employees and is telling agency heads to look for ways to cut budgets in response to the coronavirus. Northam chief of staff Clark Mercer told agency heads in a Thursday memo obtained by The Associated Press that a...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a press conference, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Northam: Virginia coronavirus cases could peak in late May

Apr. 1, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Projection models suggest Virginia could see a surge in coronavirus cases between late April and late May, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday. “You need to know the truth. No sugarcoating,” Northam said as he delivered yet another sobering message about the pandemic,...

People look over the empty streets of downtown Roanoke from Market Square on Monday night, March 30, 2020.. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Virginia DOC confirms first COVID-19 cases among its inmates

Mar. 31, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Corrections announced late Tuesday that three offenders had tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first confirmed cases among inmates in a state correctional facility. The inmates are incarcerated at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in...

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, walk as the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort takes off from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 28, 2020. The ship is departing for New York to assist hospitals responding to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: WHO warns `far from over' in Asia and Pacific

Mar. 31, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — WHO warns COVID-19 epidemics “far from over”...

Virginia governor latest to issue stay-at-home order

Mar. 30, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday issued a statewide stay-at-home order along with a lecture for those who packed the state's beaches last weekend or otherwise ignored calls to avoid mass gatherings. “You are being very, very selfish because you are putting all of us,...

Virginia students create virtual graduation in Minecraft

Mar. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — When Gov. Ralph Northam announced on March 23 that schools would remain closed amid the pandemic, Trey Powers and his friends were doing what teenagers do: hanging out online. Powers, at 17 the group’s elder and only senior, could only listen as the governor announced the...

How will Virginia cities keep large crowds off beaches?

Mar. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — With temperatures rising outside and families getting stir crazy, a day at the beach might seem like just what the doctor ordered. But with Virginia still in the throes of a coronavirus pandemic, a lazy beach day comes with a set of rules. Gov. Ralph Northam has forbidden groups...

Liberty University's football stadium is empty as students were welcomed back to the university's campus, Tuesday March 24 , 2020, in Lynchburg, Va. Officials in Lynchburg, said Tuesday they were fielding complaints and concerns about the hundreds of students that have returned from their spring break to Liberty University, where President Jerry Falwell Jr. has welcomed them back amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Governor urges Falwell to rethink welcoming students

Mar. 25, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia's governor asked Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Wednesday to reconsider his decision to welcome students back to the Lynchburg campus this week after their spring break. Speaking at a news conference in Richmond, Gov....