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President Donald Trump walks to his car after arrive in Southampton, N.Y., on Marine One, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Trump is attending two fundraisers during his visit to the Hamptons. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States on hook for billions under Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 9, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump's plan to bypass Congress, will sign on. Trump announced an...

Various items litter the floor of the 4 Brothers Store in Sparta, N.C. after an earthquake shook much of North Carolina early Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (Michael Hull via AP)

5.1-magnitude quake hits North Carolina, causes minor damage

Aug. 9, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

SPARTA, N.C. (AP) — The most powerful earthquake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years shook much of the state early Sunday, rattling homes, businesses and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude temblor struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake...

Hallie Chewing, 19, a rising junior at Liberty University serves customer, Kora Mayo, 6, a cookie dough with rainbow sprinkles cone at Blue Cow Ice Cream on July 13, 2020, in Roanoke, Va. Owner Carolyn Kiser said she’s seen an increase in job applications, although Blue Cow hasn’t needed to hire as many workers as usual. She said the ice cream shop typically employs a lot of students. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Virginia teens see pandemic-related shifts in summer jobs

Aug. 9, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Teenagers were not spared from the dwindling job opportunities that pervaded the nation due to COVID-19. Restrictions on pools, day cares and food services made many typical summer jobs for students impossible this year. According to a June report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas...

Kentucky reports jump of 800 cases of COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported an increase of 801 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, including 29 cases in children age 5 or younger, Gov. Andy Beshear said. In a news release, Beshear said the state had a total of 34,578 cases of the illness caused by the new coronavirus and 772 deaths, including an...

Renovations delayed at Virginia Beach building of shooting

Aug. 8, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Renovations have been delayed at the municipal building in Virginia Beach where a mass shooting happened last year. The Virginian-Pilot reports that city officials don’t have enough money to pay for it now because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter this week, the...

Virginia panel: move Lee statue from U.S Capitol to museum

Aug. 8, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia panel has recommended moving the state’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at the U.S. Capitol to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that historian Ed Ayers made the motion to ask whether the museum...

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States race to pass policing reforms after Floyd's death

Aug. 8, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The death of George Floyd and widespread protests over racial injustice have prompted several states to move at a lightning pace to pass significant policing reform proposals that in some cases have languished for years. The urgency is bipartisan, as both Democratic and Republican...

Andrew Dodson, left, and Scott Crane, of Dominion Energy work to repair a fallen electrical line near Newsome Drive in York County, Va. Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2020 after multiple trees were toppled by Tropical Storm Isaias. Power would be restored to more than 700 customers once the work was completed. (Jonathon Gruenke/The Daily Press via AP)

Restoring lights can be a complicated job for line workers

Aug. 8, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) — The line crew from Northern Virginia had been working since 7 a.m., knocking out six repair jobs to restore power to hundreds of Peninsula homes, but the backlog at Dominion Energy’s regional operations center meant they got a bit of an early afternoon breathing spell at job No....

A paragraph in the Colonial Vestry Book of Lynnhaven Parish Princess Anne County Virginia 1723-1786 shows an entry of slave was bought and sold, is shown Monday, June 29, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. The' N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Virginia churches reckon with history in slave trade

Aug. 8, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Parishioners at Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach were shocked — and dismayed — when their congregation’s records showed that their 383-year-old church once owned slaves. It recently launched a film-based dialogue series called “Sacred...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...