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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2016, file photo, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., poses during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia's governor asked Falwell 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, File)

Liberty University: We're complying with virus-related ban

Mar. 30, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's governor on Monday ordered all higher education institutions to halt any in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, a move likely directed at Liberty University, which initially declined to stop all on-campus teaching. The evangelical college in Lynchburg led by...

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....

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori listens questions from journalist during a press conference Monday, March 23, 2020, in Tokyo. As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: US officials working on $2 trillion rescue deal

Mar. 24, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 381,000 people and killed over 16,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 101,000 people have recovered so...

This undated photo provided by the Virginia Attorney General's office shows former Catholic priest Scott Asalone, of Asbury Park, N.J. Asalone was arrested in New Jersey Saturday, March 14, 2020, and will be transferred to Virginia, where he has been charged in Loudoun Country with sexually abusing a teenage boy in 1985. (Virginia Attorney General's office via AP)

Former priest in northern Virginia charged with sexual abuse

Mar. 16, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A former Catholic priest in northern Virginia has been charged with sexually abusing a teenager in a case that dates back nearly 35 years, and a city councilman for the District of Columbia came forward to say he was the victim. Scott Asalone, 63, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, was...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, Dick Saslaw, Virginia Senate Majority Leader, stands near a podium after it was announced that he had won re-election at a Democrat election results party in Fairfax, Va. Environmental advocates notched one win, after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge.  “You can't fix the climate problem for free,

For environmentalists, a 'monumental' legislative session

Mar. 14, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge. Legislators sent bills to Gov. Ralph Northam that will remake...

The Latest: US military halting domestic travel amid virus

Mar. 13, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the world's coronavirus pandemic: The U.S. Defense Department is planning to halt all domestic travel for military members after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. The Pentagon says Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist has approved new travel...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, photo, Sheila Bynum-Coleman speaks during an interview in Richmond, Va. Bynum-Coleman, a former candidate for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates, has been charged with crimes commonly characterized as “revenge porn.” (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Former Virginia House candidate charged with revenge porn

Mar. 12, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A former candidate for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates has been charged with crimes commonly characterized as “revenge porn.” Sheila Bynum-Coleman was indicted Monday in Henrico County on two misdemeanor counts alleging that she disseminated nude photos of a...

In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 photo, Virginia State Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, speaks during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. The former prosecutor-turned-defense attorney, who calls himself

Scandal-scarred Virginia lawmaker now seeks justice reform

Mar. 11, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Just a few years ago, Joe Morrissey's political career appeared to be over. The former prosecutor-turned-defense attorney was pressured into resigning from the Virginia House of Delegates after he was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old receptionist at his law firm. But Morrissey,...

Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, right, gives an impassioned speech for passage of HB 1537, her bill that would allow the removal, relocation or altering memorials to war veterans, during the floor session of the Virginia House of Delegates inside the State Capitol in Richmond, VA Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The bill passed, 53-46. Looking on are, from left, Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond, Del. Rip Sullivan, D-Fairfax and Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Lawmakers pass bill allowing Confederate monument removals

Mar. 8, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some of Virginia's scores of Confederate monuments could soon be removed under legislation state lawmakers approved Sunday. The Democratic-led House and Senate passed measures that would undo an existing state law that protects the monuments and instead let local governments decide...

House Speaker Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, center, speaks to Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, left, as Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, second from left, House minority leader Del Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and House majority leader, Del. Charniele Herring, D- Alexandria, look on in the entrance to the Senate at the Capitol Saturday March 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Both chambers agreed to extending the session to accommodate the budget and conference committee reports. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia reshaped as Democrats put historic stamp on laws

Mar. 8, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic legislators in Virginia have dramatically reshaped the state in two months, sweeping aside many of the state’s old business-friendly and socially conservative laws and replacing them with a broad, progressive policy agenda. Lawmakers wrapped up this year's session...