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Demonstrators are seen during a pro-gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Thousands of pro-gun supporters are expected at the rally to oppose gun control legislation like universal background checks that are being pushed by the newly elected Democratic legislature. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

Jan. 20, 2020 2:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation that have become a key flash point in the national debate over gun violence. The size of...

Man fatally shot in confrontation with off-duty officer

Jan. 20, 2020 10:29 AM EST

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty police officer in Virginia fatally shot a man who allegedly threatened a member of his family. Media outlets report that the shooting occurred in Chesapeake about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and involved an off-duty member of the Norfolk police department....

The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

A look at expected participants in Virginia gun rally

Jan. 20, 2020 1:18 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that's expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists to Richmond. Citing credible threats of violence, Gov. Ralph...

Fencing and magnetometers are set up around Capitol Square for the anticipated pro gun rally at the Virginia State Capitol Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A look at expected participants in Virginia gun rally

Jan. 19, 2020 3:00 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that's expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists to Richmond. Citing credible threats of violence, Gov. Ralph...

Richmond schools to close because of teacher rally

Jan. 19, 2020 2:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond's schools superintendent says so many teachers are planning to attend a rally at the state Capitol next week in support of increased school funding the district needs to cancel classes. Richmond Public Schools released a statement from Superintendent Jason Kamras on Sunday...

Historic nuke plant in Virginia to be fully dismantled

Jan. 19, 2020 12:38 PM EST

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — Plans are underway to completely dismantle the first nuclear power facility that provided electricity to the U.S. power grid. In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed fully removing the SM-1 Reactor Facility at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia, WTOP reported ...

Data show Virginia gun sales soared ahead of session

Jan. 19, 2020 11:54 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gun dealers in Virginia say sales soared in December due to growing fears of increased firearms restrictions backed by Democrats who control the state government. Estimated firearm sales totaled 73,849 last month, a 47% increase over December 2018,the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported,...

The mythical monster, which barely fits in the Gretna artist Jenifer Buckingham's Gretna, Va., workshop, can be broken into 14 different parts so that it will fit through standard doors. (Caleb Ayers/Danville Register & Bee via AP)

Virginia sculptor creates huge mythical monster for exhibit

Jan. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EST

GRETNA, Va. (AP) — When Jennifer Buckingham was launched through the windshield and sustained 85% paralysis in her arms in a car crash in 2002, she thought she would never be able to sculpt again. “I couldn’t hold a coffee cup, let alone a delicate piece of pottery,” she said. After a...

Virginians push to remember historically black high schools

Jan. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Vivian Monroe-Hester’s high school textbooks harbored hatred in their margins. As a teenager at the all-black Booker T. Washington High School in segregated, 1960s-era Virginia, Monroe-Hester studied from used books passed along by white high schools. White students, knowing...

Virginia snaps 3-game skid with 63-58 win over Georgia Tech

Jan. 18, 2020 11:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Still a far cry from its national championship form, Virginia showed it hasn't forgotten how to grind out a tough victory. Mamadi Diakite and Jay Huff scored 17 points apiece as the defending champs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-58 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday night. The...