Latest Ralph Northam News

People look over the empty streets of downtown Roanoke from Market Square on Monday night, March 30, 2020.. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Virginia DOC confirms first COVID-19 cases among its inmates

Mar. 31, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Corrections announced late Tuesday that three offenders had tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first confirmed cases among inmates in a state correctional facility. The inmates are incarcerated at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in...

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, walk as the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort takes off from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 28, 2020. The ship is departing for New York to assist hospitals responding to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: WHO warns `far from over' in Asia and Pacific

Mar. 31, 2020 1:11 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: — WHO warns COVID-19 epidemics “far from over”...

Virginia governor latest to issue stay-at-home order

Mar. 30, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday issued a statewide stay-at-home order along with a lecture for those who packed the state's beaches last weekend or otherwise ignored calls to avoid mass gatherings. “You are being very, very selfish because you are putting all of us,...

Virginia students create virtual graduation in Minecraft

Mar. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — When Gov. Ralph Northam announced on March 23 that schools would remain closed amid the pandemic, Trey Powers and his friends were doing what teenagers do: hanging out online. Powers, at 17 the group’s elder and only senior, could only listen as the governor announced the...

How will Virginia cities keep large crowds off beaches?

Mar. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — With temperatures rising outside and families getting stir crazy, a day at the beach might seem like just what the doctor ordered. But with Virginia still in the throes of a coronavirus pandemic, a lazy beach day comes with a set of rules. Gov. Ralph Northam has forbidden groups...

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...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Mar. 25, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ March 25 The Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Gov. Jim Justice's “stay at home” order: It’s now official. Governor Jim Justice has issued a “Stay at Home” order for the Mountain State. The order, which is designed to further...

FILE - In this Wednesday March 21, 2018 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, right, with Sec. of Finance, Aubrey Lane, as he makes remarks at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Proposed pay boosts for Virginia teachers and state workers are in serious jeopardy as state officials scramble to figure out just how bad the conoravirus' impact will be on the state budget (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Raises for Virginia teachers, state employees in peril

Mar. 25, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers passed a budget earlier this month that would give teachers and state employees raises and bonuses — a win for public sector workers who said they'd suffered too many years of stagnant pay since the Great Recession. The total cost of the pay increases was...

Northam warns that 'new normal' will last months in Virginia

Mar. 24, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam doubled down Tuesday on his warning that people will have to stay at home and many businesses will remain shuttered for “months, not weeks” as the nation battles the coronavirus pandemic. Northam, who is a doctor, warned against “mixed...