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Virginia sees 2nd case of inflammatory pediatric syndrome

May. 25, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Health has reported the second confirmed case in the state of a pediatric inflammatory illness associated with the new coronavirus. The department's website on Monday showed a second case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children in the Fairfax Health...

In this Saturday, May 23, 2020, photo, Gov. Ralph Northam and Tori Bloxom, of Onancock, Va., take a selfie as the governor visits the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Va., to see for himself how crowded the beach was. Northam has repeatedly urged Virginia residents to cover their faces in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Democrat didn’t heed his own plea when he posed mask-less for photographs alongside residents during the weekend beach visit. A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said on Sunday that Northam should have brought a face mask with him during his visit on Saturday to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Critics chide Virginia governor for mask-less beach visit

May. 24, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam has repeatedly urged Virginia residents to cover their faces in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Democrat didn’t heed his own plea when he posed mask-less for photographs alongside residents during a weekend beach visit. A spokeswoman for the...

Charlottesville official wants to revisit statues' removal

May. 24, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A top official in the Virginia city where a white nationalist rally erupted in violence in 2017 has called for renewing discussions about removing two Confederate statues, one of which became the focus of the rally. In an April email obtained by The Daily Progress,...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 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: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

Manchester VA celebrating Memorial Day via Facebook

May. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the Veterans Affairs Manchester Healthcare System is not celebrating Memorial Day with a public gathering, but rather, a Facebook tribute. The Monday ceremony will mirror its traditional service and is being prerecorded in alignment with the...

Ex-sheriff's deputy charged in wife's fatal shooting

May. 23, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — A former sheriff’s deputy in Virginia has been charged with three other suspects in the shooting death of his wife. David Lee Morse, 66, a former Henry County sheriff’s deputy, was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder,...

Beach Ambassador Kyla Miller, left, stands ready to help visitors to the oceanfront Friday, May 22, 2020, in Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam lifted restrictions and opened the beachfront beginning Friday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia unemployment rate in double digits due to pandemic

May. 22, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's unemployment rate shot up into the double digits in April due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain it, the Virginia Employment Commission said Friday. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.6% in April from 3.3% the month...

Nearly 5K West Virginians file for jobless aid

May. 21, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Almost 5,000 West Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week amid the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, according to federal data released Thursday. The new applications come as nearly 39 million Americans have sought jobless aid since the outbreak began two months ago and...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam walks by a laptop projector as he leaves the room following the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 18, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Lawsuit says absentee voting not needed for coronavirus

May. 21, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of voters is suing Virginia election officials over a loosening of restrictions on absentee ballots for next month’s statewide primary, arguing that the state can’t allow voters to use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to vote by mail. State elections...

Prince William County asks for limited restaurant re-opening

May. 20, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Ten days after asking Gov. Ralph Northam to exempt it from his limited Phase One of reopening the state’s economy, Prince William County is now asking to opt back in, at least when it comes to restaurants. The county’s Board of Supervisors sent a letter Wednesday to...