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Philip Morris USA sets limited restart at South Richmond

Mar. 31, 2020 3:14 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Philip Morris USA plans a limited restart of production at its South Richmond plant next week, 10 days after it shut down the factory because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Monday. The nearly 2 million square-foot (186,000 square meters) factory normally runs three shifts...

Stephanie Owens looks over the garden with her son, Cole, as they tend to it at their home Wednesday March 25 , 2020, in Glen Allen, Va. Owens is a pharmacist who has had to continue to go to work, but has been able to spend more time with her kids because they are home from school . One of the activities that they have done is planting the garden. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A walk through town: Families, coronavirus and togetherness

Mar. 28, 2020 6:31 AM EDT

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (AP) — In a quiet suburb just north of Richmond, Virginia, a mother and her three children spend a weekday afternoon planting a small garden of spinach, red cabbage and lettuce. Across town, a dad teaches his kids how to play volleyball on an empty court. In a sprawling park, a father shows...

Distance learning poses challenges for students, teachers

Mar. 27, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students and teachers at all levels of education are transitioning from classroom to computer as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Not every subject lends itself to a smooth transition to distance learning, as students and instructors have discovered. “I...

This Friday, March 27, 2020 photo shows the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Richmond, Va.  The Center is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. Officials said Thursday that a few residents have died and dozens are showing symptoms. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

2 more deaths reported at facility with COVID-19 outbreak

Mar. 27, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two more residents of a Virginia long-term care facility dealing with a coronavirus outbreak have died, the facility announced Friday, bringing the total to six. The Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center said in a news release issued late Friday afternoon that two...

Report: Pilot had alcohol in system in fatal Virginia crash

Mar. 27, 2020 8:52 AM EDT

CROZET, Va (AP) — A woman told authorities that a pilot had “a couple of drinks” shortly before he took off in a small airplane and fatally crashed in Virginia, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released this week. The 51-year-old pilot, Kent Carr, had twice the...

This Tuesday, March 24, 2020 photo shows the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County, near Richmond, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is ordering a halt to elective surgeries at hospitals to preserve the capacity of the state's health care system amid the coronavirus pandemic. State health officials reported a one-day increase of more than 100 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total Wednesday to just shy of 400. (Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Official: Rehab center with outbreak faces staff shortage

Mar. 26, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia long-term rehabilitation facility is facing a staffing and supply shortage amid a coronavirus outbreak that has killed four patients and sickened many other patients and staff, a health official said Thursday. The Richmond-area Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare...

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....

FILE - In this March 11, 2020 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures as Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, back, listens during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the governor asked Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, to reconsider his decision to welcome students back to the Lynchburg campus this week after their spring break. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

With virus cases rising, Northam halts elective surgeries

Mar. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — All elective surgeries at Virginia hospitals must be suspended to preserve the capacity of the state's health care system amid the coronavirus pandemic, the governor ordered Wednesday. Health officials reported a one-day increase of more than 100 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused...

2020 'Olympics of the Violin' postponed a year due to virus

Mar. 25, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An event considered the world's leading international competition for young violinists has been postponed for a year in light of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Wednesday. The Menuhin Competition had been scheduled for May 14-24 in Richmond, Virginia. The event known as...

Virginia man charged with neglecting and abusing horses

Mar. 23, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A self-described "horse whisperer" from Virginia has been charged with neglecting and abusing five horses found to be severely malnourished and starving. The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports that authorities said five other horses in his care died before they could intervene. Nathaniel...