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Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam answers a question during a press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va. Thursday, June 25,, 2020. Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

In late reversal, Northam moves to keep limits on bars

Jun. 30, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is taking a late step to keep people from gathering at bars as the state prepares to enter Phase 3 of its reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said Tuesday the state's restaurants will not be allowed to fully reopen their bars as previously...

Virginia health officials warn against coronavirus scams

Jun. 30, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Health is warning residents that scammers might call them posing as COVID-19 contact tracers in order to take their money. A news release from the department on Monday says its contact tracers will not ask for money or for a Social Security number, bank...

New gun laws, other Democratic priorities to go into effect

Jun. 30, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Marijuana will be decriminalized, local governments will have the ability to take down Confederate monuments, and Virginians will pay more in taxes for gasoline and cigarettes starting Wednesday. July 1 is the start date for most of the new laws passed earlier this year by the General...

Two of the offshore wind turbines have been constructed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., Monday June 29, 2020. Two wind turbines are part of an offshore wind turbine project. The turbines will begin operation in August. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia moves a step closer to harnessing offshore wind

Jun. 29, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor ceremonially signed legislation Monday that sets a path for the eventual approval of two large-scale offshore wind farms that could produce enough electricity to power more than a million homes in the state. The two proposed projects would be located...

In this Saturday, June 20, 2020 photo, Deborah Sirockman, owner of Virginia Found Goods in Hurt, Va., speaks with a customer in her sprawling antique store. After doing curbside pickup and some online sales during mandated shutdowns, Sirockman has seen even more customers in the three weeks since reopening than she did before she closed in March. (Caleb Ayers/Danville Register & Bee via AP)

Experiences mixed for Virginia antique stores amid pandemic

Jun. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Judy Adkins Antiques, off Westover Drive in Danville, closed last August as Adkins took care of her husband who was having health problems. She was anticipating opening in March, but the coronavirus put a major delay in that. “I figured I would be open maybe in March and April,...

In this June 11, 2020 photo, Rita P. Davis, the Counsel to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, is shown in her office in Richmond, Va. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post via AP)

Lee statue case devised by lawyer descended from slaves

Jun. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) — It was an explosive question, delivered by text message, and Rita Davis was ready for it: Could the governor simply take down Richmond’s divisive statue of Robert E. Lee? As legal counsel to Gov. Ralph Northam, Davis had been researching that very topic for a year. Now it was...

Virginia House speaker plans hearings on criminal justice

Jun. 26, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn is announcing three public hearings on criminal justice matters ahead of a special session set for later this summer. Filler-Corn, a Democrat, announced the special hearings Friday, saying they would take place in July and August. Gov. Ralph...

Virginia judge rejects effort to block handgun-a-month law

Jun. 25, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge on Thursday rejected a challenge to the state’s one-handgun-a-month law scheduled to go into effect on July 1. Attorney General Mark Herring’s office released a statement announcing the decision by Goochland Circuit Court Judge Timothy K. Sanner, who...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice said Monday, June 22, 2020, that coronavirus cases are climbing across the state though he declined to strengthen restrictions as his reopening plan continues. The active caseload has increased by 28% over the past two weeks as outbreaks emerged at churches and after a number of West Virginians traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to state health officials.  (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

3,600 West Virginians file for jobless aid amid coronavirus

Jun. 25, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 3,600 West Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week as the state continues to lift coronavirus restrictions, federal data showed Thursday. The state's weekly jobless aid claims have been falling slightly as businesses have reopened but are still historically...