Latest Virginia state government News

Virginia governor sets renewable energy goal: 100% by 2050

Sep. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he signed an executive order setting a goal for the state to produce 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050. Such a shift will help address climate change, a challenge that "poses potentially devastating risk to Virginia,"...

Racist yearbook photo investigation cost nearly $368,000

Sep. 17, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A law firm's investigation into whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appeared in a racist yearbook photo cost nearly $368,000. The Virginian-Pilot reports invoices obtained through a freedom of information request show Eastern Virginia Medical School received the final bill on Aug. 16....

Judge refuses to toss charge over threat to Muslim candidate

Sep. 16, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

A federal judge refused on Monday to throw out a case in which a North Carolina man is charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia. Joseph Cecil Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person in connection...

Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax sues CBS over accuser interviews

Sep. 12, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax filed a $400 million lawsuit Thursday against CBS, alleging the company defamed him when it broadcast interviews with two women he says have falsely accused him of sexual assault. The lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday alleges nobody at the company...

Latest: Fairfax accusers' attorneys respond to CBS lawsuit

Sep. 12, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax against CBS (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Attorneys for one of the women accusing Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual assault say Justin Fairfax's defamation lawsuit against CBS over an interview she gave is a "ploy"...

Virginia is latest state to sue Purdue Pharma family

Sep. 11, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has joined a growing number of states suing members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma for their alleged role in the nation's opioid crisis. Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday that the state has amended a lawsuit it filed against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma...

Inspector general investigates Virginia Medicaid contract

Sep. 11, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's inspector general is investigating a contract worth up to $1.5 million that the state's Medicaid office awarded to a company owned by a former U.S. government employee who helped oversee federal oversight of the state. The Department of Medical Assistance Services said...

Governor in blackface scandal names new diversity director

Sep. 9, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia governor who narrowly survived a blackface scandal earlier this year appointed a new top aide Monday whose job will be to make government more inclusive. Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a Capitol news conference that he had hired Janice Underwood as Director of Diversity,...

The Latest: Dorian churns north along North Carolina coast

Sep. 5, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Forecasters say Hurricane Dorian is brushing up against North Carolina as it keeps churning northeast, just offshore. In a late Thursday night advisory, the National Hurricane Center says the Category 2 storm continued to...

Feds: Probe into deaths at VA hospital is 'top priority'

Aug. 30, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday a sweeping criminal probe into a number of suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia would be their "top priority." Bill Powell, the U.S. attorney in West Virginia, said his office is involved in a "comprehensive federal...