02/26/21 - Leaked Draft of Parole Board Investi...
A leaked draft of an inspector general's report on illegal activity by the state parole board has led to calls from both parties for an investigation; A bill requiring schools to offer an in-person option is heading to Governor Northam's desk; Teachers and state employees could get a 5 percent raise as part of the updated state budget; and other local news stories.
02/25/21 - How Barbara Johns Changed Equality I...
70 years ago, Barbara Johns organized a walk out at her high school that would form part of the foundation for Brown v. Board of Education; Governor Ralph Northam announced the easing of some restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to decline; A new COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in Virginia as early as next week; and other local news stories.
02/24/21 - Byrd Statue Set for Removal from Cap...
The state Senate gave final approval for the removal of the statue of Harry Byrd Senior from Capitol Square; Proposed amendments to the state budget bring mixed news for child welfare; Richmond is considering four proposals for a potential casino in the the area; and other local news stories.
02/23/21 - Virginia Approves Ban on Death Penalty
Virginia lawmakers approved a ban on the death penalty on Monday, making the Commonwealth the first southern state to do so; Home healthcare workers could receive a week of paid sick leave under a new proposal; A bill that would have required farm employees to be paid the same minimum wage as other workers was voted down by a Senate panel; and other local news stories.
02/19/21 - Black Virginians Charged At Higher R...
A VPM study of court filings found that black Virginians were four times more likely to be charged with marijuana penalities than whites; Commonwealth's Attorney Collette McEachin faces a primary challenge after last summer's protests; VCU returns to classes on March 4, and other local news stories.
02/18/21 - Virginia Set to Remove Definition of...
Virginia is set to remove a now-defunct provision in the state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman; Governor Ralph Northam urged caution ahead of another ice storm in the state; A new website and call center are available to register for the COVID-19 vaccine; and other local news stories.
02/17/21 - Mark Warner Visits Historic Slave Ja...
Senator Mark Warner was in Shockoe Bottom to tour Lumpkin's Slave Jail yesterday, and also spoke about his vote to convict former President Donald Trump during the recent impeachment trial; Virginia has received an additional $524 million for the Rent Relief Program; Legislation to legalize marijuana in Virginia passed both chambers of the General Assembly; and other local news stories.
02/16/21 - New Website Consolidates Registratio...
A new website going live this afternoon will provide a central location for Virginians to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine; a new proposal calls for establishment of a "teacher reserve corps" amid a teacher shortage; More ice could be in the forecast this week; and other local news stories.
02/12/21 - Richmond Public Schools Weighing Yea...
RPS is discussing a proposal for year-round school to help recover from the pandemic; Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney gave his State of the City address on Thursday; Chesterfield Health District will be confirming registrations for the COVID-19 vaccine; and other local news stories.
02/11/21 - 2020 Election Was "Most Safe, Secure...
A new report from the Department of Elections said the November election was successful, although some problems plagued the City of Richmond; Efforts in the General Assembly to "police the police" fell short; Middle and high school students in Chesterfield can return to in-person learning on March 9th; and other local news stories.
CVS will now accept all Virginians over 65 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine after problems during registration; Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras says the school system will have a plan for in-person instruction by March 15th, despite having some concerns about the return; Chesterfield says all K-12 teachers and personnel should be fully vaccinated by March 5th; and other local news stories.
02/09/21 - General Assembly Goes to Special Ses...
The General Assembly will reconvene on Wednesday for a special session to finish work on passing laws and the state budget; Richmond says it may be March before they can finish vaccinating those currently eligible in phase 1B; Chesterfield County Public Schools is holding a meeting to determine the budget and when middle and high school students could return to class; and other local news stories.
02/05/21 - Cox Announces Education Proposals
Delegate Kirk Cox announced his education proposals to help students with virtual learning; The House of Delegates approved a bill that would mandate sick leave for essential employees; an in-depth look at the legalization of marijuana in Virginia; and other local news stories.
02/04/21 - Stoney Discusses Details of COVID-19...
In a virtual meeting, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney discussed the symptoms of having COVID-19 and warned residents to take it seriously; Senator Tim Kaine urged his colleagues to act swiftly on a new pandemic relief package; Another new case of the B117 strain of the coronavirus was found in Northwestern Virginia; and other local news stories.
02/03/21 - VDOE To Issue Transgender Guidance
The Virginia Department of Education will issue guidance this month to help school districts better look after transgender and non-binary students; The state Senate passed a bill that would ban guns from Capitol Square and surrounding state buildings; the G3 program to support community college students taking classes in high demand fields gets a second chance; and other local news stories.
02/02/21 - General Assembly Divided on Criminal...
State Democrats want to expunge criminal records once sentences have been served, but disagree on how to do it; The House of Delegates approved a new Voting Rights Act for Virginia; New legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants access to state financial assistance and scholarships passed in the House of Delegates, but still needs to pass in the Senate; and other local news stories.
01/29/21 - Stoney Terminates Teacher Council in...
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney disbanded his Teacher Advisory Council earlier this month, and this week they sent a letter expressing their frustration; Chesterfield County says teachers should be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks; The state's redistricting committee was informed it won't have the census data it needs until July 30th; and other local news stories.
01/28/21 - Mayor Stoney Tests Positive for COVI...
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday; Governor Northam is overhauling the state's vaccination efforts; the state senate censured Senator Amanda Chase after comments in support of the assault on the U.S. Capitol; and other local news stories.
01/27/21 - Now Vaccinated, Local Teachers Await...
Teachers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and there are many reasons they are choosing to get vaccinated; Chesterfield's Board of Supervisors send a letter to Governor Ralph Northam expressing frustration with the state's vaccine rollout; An internet outage along the east coast affected the General Assembly session on Tuesday; and other local news stories.
01/26/21 - State Prepares for Removal of Lee Mo...
State officials erected a fence around the Robert E. Lee monument in preparation for its possible removal; the B117 variant of COVID-19 was confirmed in northern Virginia; Employers can mandate their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine according to the CDC and the Department of Labor; and other local news stories.
01/22/21 -Central Virginia Holds Mass Vaccinati...
Health districts in Central Virginia held a mass vaccination event for essential workers at the Richmond Raceway, while addressing the state's lagging vaccination rates; A bipartisan group of Virginia senators unveiled a bill to expand the number of healthcare workers who can administer the COVID-19 vaccine; State lawmakers are proposing matching state tax credits for affordable housing; and other local news stories.
01/21/21 - Stoney Credits City Gun Ban For Low ...
While no armed protestors were charged with violating the city's gun ban on Capitol Square, Mayor Levar Stoney said the low turnout proves the ban is working; A new legislative proposal would ban firearms from being carried in polling locations; a Navy SEAL faces more than 22 years in prison for manslaughter; and other local news stories.
01/20/21 - Chesterfield Receives Fraction of Or...
Chesterfield County is reorganizing it's vaccination plans after receiving only a thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine; Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert is defending his colleagues who questioned the results of November's election; Amanda Chase was stripped of her last committee assignment and censured after her support for the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol; and other local news stories.
01/19/21 - Lobby Day Smaller Than Expected Amid...
Lobby Day was smaller than expected amid heightened security in Richmond; The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence held a vigil to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; No arrests following armed demonstrations despite the city's new gun ban; and other local news stories.
01/15/21 - Security In Place Ahead of Lobby Day
Security is in place around Richmond ahead of the annual Lobby Day and threats of violence across the U.S.; New guidelines expand who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine; VDOE released new guidance for reopening schools; and other local news stories.
01/14/21 - Increased Security Goes Into Effect ...
Additional security measures are being put in place around Capitol Square and state buildings in downtown Richmond ahead of planned protests; Governor Ralph Northam gave his third and final State of the Commonwealth last night; Health departments in the Richmond region will begin their next phase of vaccinations next week; and other local news stories.
01/13/21 - Richmond Prepares for Unrest Ahead o...
State, city and Capitol police are collaborating with city agencies to prepare for potential unrest in Richmond as the presidential inauguration approaches; Historians weigh in on the breach of the U.S. Capitol; Attorney General Mark Herring announced a settlement in a price gouging case; and other local news stories.
01/12/21 - Richmond Under State of Emergency
Richmond is under a state of emergency following threats to the capitols of all 50 states leading up to the inauguration; State leaders are urging residents not to travel to Washington, D.C. for the inaugural ceremonies; Mental health experts weigh-in on the aftermath of last week's violence in the U.S. Capitol; and other local news stories.
01/08/21 - Virginia Reacts After Violence in D.C.
Virginia law enforcement will remain in Washington, D.C. through the inauguration; Clergy at the Virginia Interfaith Center, along with Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, condemned the violence at the U.S. Capitol; the Virginia Citizens Defense League has altered plans for their rally on January 18th; and other local news stories.
01/07/21 - Curfew Lifts and Lawmakers React Aft...
A curfew put into place following a violent storming of the U.S. Capitol building has lifted; Virginia lawmakers react to the altercation that delayed the certification of the Electoral College votes; Governor Northam named Dr. Danny Avula to head Virginia's COVID-19 vaccination program; and other local news stories.
The Virginia State Crime Commission voted in favor of scrapping all mandatory minimum sentences in Virginia; Advocates for Virginia workers are planning to make another push to get mandatory paid sick leave; The Pocahontas building will remain closed to the public during the upcoming legislative session, but alternative plans are now in the works; and other local news stories.
01/05/21 - Stoney Sworn In for Second Term
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney was sworn in for a second term on Monday; Delegate Lee Carter announced his candidacy for Governor of Virginia; International student enrollment is down across the country and in Virginia; and other local news stories.
12/18/20 - Health Officials Work to Break Down ...
The Latino community is less likely to engage with the medical system, as workers seek to remove barriers that may turn them away; Richmond City Council Member Michael Jones is planning to challenge state Delegate Betsy Carr in a Democratic primary next year; Virginia housing organizations will benefit from $2 million in federal funding; and other local news stories.
12/17/20 - City Council Approves Nominations to...
Richmond City Council approved a slate of nominations to a civilian review board tasked with investigating police misconduct; Governor Northam proposed $1.2 billion in new investments to the state budget; Caution is still being urged over the holidays despite the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine; and other local news stories.
12/16/20 - First COVID-19 Vaccines Administered...
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital administered the first vaccinations for COVID-19 in Virginia on Tuesday; Governor Ralph Northam signed the MARCUS Alert into law; Richmond City Council approved the Richmond300 plan; and other local news stories.
12/15/20 - Virginia "Not Doing Enough" For Spec...
A new JLARC Study says Virginia isn't doing enough for students in special education programs; Virginia's Electoral College members officially cast their votes; COVID-19 vaccinations are currently uncertain for Virginia's prison populations; and other local news stories.
12/10/20 - With COVID-19 Cases Spiking, Northam...
How Richmond-area congregations are virtually celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas; the big problems chicken waste is causing for the Chesapeake Bay, and more.
12/09/20 - With Vaccine Coming, Social Distanci...
Lawmaker Jennifer Carroll Foy has stepped down from the House of Delegates in order to raise money for a run for governor; Christmas trees are in short supply; a new Ukrops market is opening.
12/08/20 - RPS Will Stay Virtual For Spring
VMI is removing a statue to Confederate Stonewall Jackson, Gov. Northam signed off on a ban on 'no-knock' warrants, and state Sen. Amanda Chase announced she'll run for governor as an independent.
12/04/20 - First COVID Vaccine Could Arrive in ...
Virginia could receive the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks, although it could be summer before most residents have access; The Richmond Opera is cancelling its upcoming season; Inmates in the Richmond Jail are suing after allegedly being tear-gassed this summer; and other local news stories.
12/03/20 - Virginia Prepares for Arrival of COV...
Governor Ralph Northam announced plans for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine while urging residents to continue to use protective measures to control the spread of the disease; Campbell County votes to defy Governor Northam's COVID-19 restrictions; Childcare services are implementing new policies for the holidays; and other local news stories.
12/02/20 - Mark Warner Joins Bipartisan Effort ...
Virginia Senator Mark Warner joins a bipartisan coalition to to propose a $908 billion coronavirus relief package; Richmond has release an online survey regarding a potential resort casino in the city; The developers of the Navy Hill project has set their sights on Henrico County; and other local news stories.
12/01/20 - Redistricting Commission Now Accepti...
The new commission for redistricting is accepting applications for potential members; A new report looks at how to legalize marijuana within Virginia; Chesterfield gets an update on virtual learning; and other local news stories.
11/25/20 - Virginia Officials Could Run for Two...
Several state delegates are running for higher office, but could also run for their current house seats as well; Terry McAuliffe is expected to announce his candidacy for governor soon; Virginia's top diversity officer is calling on leadership at VMI to deal with complaints of racism at the public college; and other local news stories.
11/24/20 - Marijuana Legalization Could Fund Re...
Democratic Delegate Lee Carter is advocating for revenue generated from the potential legalization of marijuana to fund reparations; Virginia has some of the country's loosest ethics rules according to a new national ranking; Medicaid is seeing spike in both enrollment and costs statewide; and other local news stories.
11/20/20 - Democratic Party Leaders Call for Re...
Democratic party leaders sent a letter calling for Richmond General Registrar Kirk Showalter to resign; A Northern Virginia judge blocked a massive indoor gun show from operating at full capacity this weekend; Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Richmond; and other local news stories.
11/19/20 - Virginia Prepared For COVID-19 Vaccine
Governor Ralph Northam confirmed Virginia has a plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one is available, and signed a revised two-year budget; Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the vaccine and the pandemic during a virtual event at VCU; A Chesterfield County education group is asking the state to advise on school reopening plans; and other local news stories.
11/18/20 - Judge Rules Cash Bail Unconstitutional
A Fairfax judge ruled that cash bail is unconstitutional, but that doesn't mean it will become a regular policy; Virginia will benefit from a new national computer science education initiative; Former Speaker of the House Kirk Cox announces his run for Governor; and other local news stories.
Governor Northam calls for legalization of marijuana in response to a new state report; Virginia Board of Elections met to certify the state's election results, although Richmond's will be slightly delayed; a judge dismissed charges against Senator Louise Lucas stemming from monument protests over the summer; and other local news stories.
11/13/20 - James River Hits Historic Levels Aft...
Severe Storms across the region has caused the James River to hit historic levels; Virginia's top Republican elections official says no signs of foul play in Virginia voting; a COVID-19 resurgence is causing multiple outbreaks in the region; and other local news stories.
11/12/20 - Virginia Honors State Veterans
Virginia honored its 700,000 veterans in a ceremony on Wednesday; Henrico's Voter Registration and Elections office sees a COVID-19 outbreak; Chesterfield County defends decision to reopen schools; and other local news stories.
11/11/20 - COVID-19 Cases Rising in Virginia
Governor Northam urged residents to follow pandemic guidelines as cases of the coronavirus continue to rise, while also cautioning that any potential vaccine will take time to distribute; Delegate Sam Rasoul launched his campaign for Lieutenant Governor; Confederate Avenue will soon have a new name; and other local news stories.
11/10/20 - Richmond Registrar's Office in Quara...
Three employees at the Richmond Registrar's office tested positive for COVID-19, causing most staff to quarantine; Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said one of his staff had also contracted the disease; the General Assembly approved funding for an investigation into racism at VMI; and other local news stories.
11/06/20 - Background Checks in Virginia Hit Al...
Background checks in Virginia hit an all-time high in 2020 amid civil unrest and a tense election season; Richmond's 2nd District is heading for a likely recount, as some voters report receiving incorrect ballots; and other local news stories.
11/05/20 - Virginia Continues Counting Absentee...
Virginia continues to count absentee ballots until noon on Friday, as some races remain too close to call; Abigail Spanberger has declared victory in the 7th District race; Elaine Luria retains her seat in Congress; and other local news stories.
11/04/20 - Virginia Waits For Final Election Re...
Registrars are still counting the state's absentee ballots, with results expected by Friday, although former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mark Warner have been declared winners in the state; An amendment to to form a commission to redraw districts is on track to pass; and updates on the city council and mayoral races in Richmond.
11/03/20 - Polls Open, With Accommodations for ...
Polls are open, and curbside options are available those those diagnosed with or quarantining due to COVID-19; Virginia has increased polling locations since 2016; Security has been heightened at the Lee Monument after disturbances from a "Trump Train" event on Sunday; and other local news stories.
10/30/20 - Task Force Nominations Draw Criticism
Six people, including two police officers, were nominated this week to a task force to establish a civilian review board in Richmond; VCU Health announces its first director of diversity, equity and inclusion; Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced a guaranteed income pilot program; and other local news stories.
10/29/20 - Governor Signs Criminal Justice and ...
Governor Northam signed several criminal justice bills into law on Wednesday, including some new police reforms; Virginia retains an overall low positivity rate for COVID-19, although the southwestern part of the state is trending higher; Richmond is seeing a rise in cases and hospitalizations as the weather cools; Biden expands his lead over Donald Trump in the final pre-election Wason poll; and other local news stories.
10/28/20 - Governor Can Remove Lee Monument, J...
A Richmond judge has ruled that Governor Northam is allowed to remove the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, but a pending appeal means the statue will remain for now; The state GOP challenges a new rule for absentee ballots; A suspected computer glitch allowed residents to apply for an absentee ballot past last Friday's deadline; and other local news stories.
The Superintendent of Virginia Military Institute has resigned after complaints from black students about racism at the school; a look at safety measures to prevent voter intimidation at the polls in Virginia; Richmond absentee ballots have the lowest return rate in the state with a week to go before the deadline; and other local news stories.
10/23/20 - Henrico County Courthouse Staff in Q...
Several staff at the Henrico County Courthouse are in quarantine after two employees tested positive for the disease; An internal audit finds that the Chesterfield teacher's union did not bully school staff amid reopening discussions; Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced plans to replace George Wythe High School; and other local news stories.
10/22/20 - Gov. Northam Signs New Police Reform...
Governor Ralph Northam signed several bills from the special session, including some focused on police reform and COVID-19 transparency; Democrats failed to pass a bill to expunge criminal records for certain crimes; Richmond trends upward in coronavirus cases, and other local news stories.
Governor Northam, a VMI graduate, is launching an investigation after reports of rampant racism at Virginia Military Institute, Board of Elections says early voting in Virginia has been a success, Henrico County schools have reported 10 cases of COVID-19 since in-person classes have resumed, and other local news stories.
10/20/20 - Decision Looms in Lee Monument Suit
A judge heard arguments Monday in the lawsuit to determine the fate of the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond; A look at the 8th District City Council race; Difficulties for inmates eligible to vote from jail; New satellite voting locations are open in Chesterfield County; and other local news stories.
10/19/20 - Virginia Decides: A Special Election...
Absentee voting, police reform proposals, the Affordable Care Act, and more: VPM News broke down some of the biggest issues facing our audience as election day approaches.
10/16/20 - General Assembly Finishes Budget Neg...
The two-year Virginia budget has finished negotiations and faces its first vote today, Legislation that allows local governments to create civilian review boards is heading to the governor's desk; The Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond has been named the "most influential work of American protest art since World War Two" by the New York Times, and other local news stories.
10/15/20 - Federal Judge Orders Voter Registrat...
A federal judge ordered the Virginia Department of Elections to extend voter registration for 48 hours after a cut cable shut down the website on the last day to register; A look at how the mayoral race works in Richmond; Richmond sees an uptick in COVID-19 cases; and other local news stories.
10/14/20 - Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit against...
The Virginia Department of Elections is facing lawsuits from advocacy groups after a cut wire prevented people from registering to vote; Governor Ralph Northam was a potential target of a militia group that had planned to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; 4th District Representative Donald McEachin and his opponent, Bishop Leon Benjamin met in debate, and other local news stories.
10/13/20 - Bob Good Denies ‘Any Knowledge’ of P...
Republican congressional candidate Bob Good denied any wrongdoing in his financial disclosures; Virginia Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn was fined for a violation of the Freedom of Information Act; A new study shows an excess of deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic; and other local news stories.
10/09/20 - Good Financial Disclosures Reveal In...
Republican Bob Good's financial reports contain inconsistencies in VPM's analysis of the records; Biden is leading Trump in Virginia polls; Richmond sees an increase in COVID-19 cases; and other local news stories.
10/08/20 - Kaine Says Affordable Care Act Under...
Senator Tim Kaine says eliminating the Affordable Care Act is the main impetus in the rush to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the court; Richmond Police have released new crime data for 2020; Top Republican lawmakers are threatening legal action over an investigation into the Virginia Parole Board; and other local news stories.
10/07/20 - Richmond Mayoral Candidates Meet In ...
Candidates for Mayor of Richmond met last night in a debate hosted by VPM and NBC12; In-person voting has already seen a huge turnout; JLARC issued a new report about the Virginia Department of Education; and other local news stories.
Members of the 'Proud Boys' attended a 2019 fundraiser held by Richmond City Council candidate Mike Dickinson; Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Colette McEachin is considering 18 sealed indictments involving police conduct in relation to protests over the summer; Postal inspectors are investigating reports of tampering with outdoor mailboxes at area post offices; and other local news stories.
Governor Ralph Northam continues to remain asymptomatic and working after his recent positive diagnosis for COVID-19, The State Corporation Commission declined to extend the moratorium on utility disconnections due to unpaid bills; A budget amendment that would have provided parents with money to support online learning failed to pass in the General Assembly; Gov. Northam joined 10 other state governors to call for election security; and a look at how the decendants of enslaved people who helped build America are working to add perspective to how their ancestors' stories are told.
10/01/20 - Duplicate Ballots Mailed to 400 Voters
A handful of residents in Richmond and Henrico received duplicate ballots, but unique barcodes will prevent anyone from voting twice; Commonwealth's Attorneys want to stop a bill that would allow judges to impose sentences in criminal trials; COVID-19 cases are on the decline in Richmond; and how to spot misinformation ahead of the November election.
09/30/20 - Virginia Voters Feel Biden Better Eq...
A new Wason poll shows likely Virginia voters trust Biden over Trump when it come to handling the pandemic; Richmond moves to establish a slavery museum in Shockoe Bottom; Activists accused Richmond police of making political arrests; and other local news stories.
09/29/20 - Jury Trials Resume Across Virginia
The Virginia Supreme Court has approved a resumption of jury trials across the commonwealth; the Richmond 300 master plan looks ahead to 2037; VDH has added several new dashboards to its site to track the coronavirus; and other local news stories.
09/25/20 - Trump To Rally in Newport News As Bi...
President Donald Trump is holding a rally tonight in Newport News as a new Wason Center poll shows Joe Biden with a 5-point lead among likely Virginia voters; Jill Biden joined Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney at an early voting location; Governor Northam expanded the rent relief program to landlords; and other local news stories.
09/24/20 - COVID-19 Impacts Opioid Epidemic
COVID-19 has had a negative effect on the opioid epidemic, with non-fatal overdoses up 123% over last year; Senator Tim Kaine questioned health officials about the pandemic in committee; Richmond moves forward with plans to provide childcare to low-income families and frontline workers; and VADOC responds to CDC guidelines to manage COVID-19 outbreaks in detention centers.
09/23/20 - Reduction of Assault Charge Fails to...
A bill that would have reduced the punishment for assaulting a police officer failed to pass a House panel yesterday; GRTC is offering a shuttle service to the new registrar's office in Richmond; Governor Northam announces plan to restructure the debt of state colleges and universities; Mayor Stoney unveiled a plan to increase affordable housing in the city; and other local news stories.
09/22/20 - Black Lives Matter Mural Cancelled
A planned Black Live Matter mural on Grace Street has been called off following a proposed anti-abortion mural; Virginia remembers Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away last week; Chesterfield County is reducing the number of locations for free meal pickups; Richmond is shortening their virtual school day over screen time concerns; and other local news stories.
09/18/20 - African Americans Have Highest Overa...
The director of VCU's Massey Cancer Center said in a Congressional briefing this week that African Americans have the highest overall death rate in the US; A majority of Virginians think it is unsafe for kids to return to school in person according to a new poll; VUU and VCU celebrate the 30th anniversary of the inauguration of former Governor L. Douglas Wilder; and other local news stories.
09/17/20 - Richmond Public Schools Addresses Ho...
Richmond Public Schools has established a new program to help students facing housing insecurity; A bill requiring utilities to offer an extended payment plan passed the Virginia Senate, which also killed a bill that would have required some employers to provide paid quarantine leave; The city of Richmond is planning to provide childcare for low-income and working parents; and other local news stories.
09/16/20 - Moratorium on Utility Disconnections...
The State Corporation Commission has agreed to Governor Ralph Northam's request to freeze utility disconnections through October 5th; Southwest Virginia continues a spike in COVID-19 cases; Virginia ABC sales continue to rise; Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney joins other mayors across the country to call on President Trump to condemn vigilantism; and other local news stories.
09/15/20 - Police Reform Bill Moves Through Gen...
The state Senate has sent a significant police reform bill to the House of Delegates; Henrico gets a new police chief; Chesterfield moves to return students to in-person learning; Virginia localities prepare for November's election; and other local news stories.
Hampton Roads COVID-19 Restrictions Being Lifted; Legal Protections for Police Will Continue After Senate Defeats Proposal; ICE Says COVID-19 is Under Control in Their Facility, Asks to Bring in More Detained People
09/10/20 - Democrats Block a GOP Attempt to End...
Democrats Block a GOP Attempt to End Police Unions; Richmond Bans Firearms at Protests; Special Prosecutor Requested to Investigate $1.8M Confederate Monument Removal Contract
09/09/20 - Chesterfield School's Rocky Reopening
Virtual School Reopening Hit Technical Challenges; Richmond Bans Guns at Protests; Update on COVID-19 in Richmond Jails; and more local news
09/08/20 - School Resource Officers Find New Ro...
School Resource Officers will be taking on new roles as many schools across the state reopen virtually; Richmond schools have announced plans to make sure students have access to meals during virtual classes; Governor Northam has signed a bill to make it easier to vote early; Disagreements arise over the CDC's ban on evictions; and other local news stories.
09/04/20 - Kanye West Removed From Ballots in V...
Kanye West will not appear on the ballots in the November election in Virginia after at least three voters say his campaign misled them; A proposal to provide two weeks of paid leave for workers exposed COVID-19 is heading to the House of Delegates; Richmond City officials toured one of three new schools opening this fall; and other local news stories.
09/03/20 - CDC Issues Ban on Evictions
The CDC has issued a ban on evictions through the end of the year for renters who lost thier jobs due to the pandemic; Kayne West's campaign is facing a lawsuit to remove the rapper from the Virginia ballot; Community activists are criticizing the police reponse to protests outside of the Richmond Jail earlier this week; A bill advanced that would allow for automatic expungement of some crimes after 8 years; and other local news stories.
09/02/20 - No Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions ...
Governor Ralph Northam is waiting to see for now if any restrictions are needed to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia; A potential new rapid treatment for COVID-19 is undergoing trials at VCU; Richmond Public Schools voted to allow 5 school buildings in the city to be used to provide emergency childcare; Mayor Levar Stoney officially kicked off his mayoral campaign with some key endorsements; and other local news stories.
09/01/20 - Virginia Crime Commission Recommends...
The Virginia Crime Commission recommended passage of a bill to expand expungement eligibility; IKEA donates $2 million to Virginia for eviction relief; School funding remains uncertain amid the COVID-19 pandemic; and other local news stories.
08/28/20 - New Bill Calls for Release of Police...
A new bill introduced by Delegate Sam Rasoul seeks to change how body cam footage is dealt with after shooting incidents; the state Senate is seeking to extend a moratorium on evictions; Dozens of inmates at Richmond City Jail are being monitored after testing positive for COVID-19; The Virginia Supreme Court clears the way for the removal of Richmond's last standing Confederate monument; and other local news stories.
08/27/20 - Toppled Jefferson Davis Monument Cou...
The Valentine Museum is in talks to acquire the Jefferson Davis monument toppled by protestors earlier this year; a federal appeals court once again rules in favor of Gavin Grimm, a transgender man who sued his high school for the right to use the boys restroom; Chesterfield County is looking to add two satellite voting locations; and other local news stories.
08/26/20 - Richmond Judge Dismisses Part of Lee...
Judge W. Reilly Marchant dismissed two plaintiffs for lack of standing in a lawsuit preventing the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument, but the case will still go to trial in October with the remaining plaintiffs; Attorney General Herring has defended state restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in fifteen legal cases so far, even as one state senator tests positive for the virus; Requests for absentee ballots are skyrocketing according to the Virginia Department of Elections; Chesterfield is discussing how to spend $50 million in Federal Cares Act Funding; Woodland Cemetery is undergoing changes after changing ownership; and other local news stories.
08/25/20 - Henrico Hires First African American...
Henrico County has hired its first African American police chief after a summer of national protests; President Trump trails Joe Biden by double digits among Virginia voters; Over 70 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at VCU; J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College tests a new way to teach math; and other local news stories.
08/21/20 - RRHA Prepares to Submit Annual Plan
RRHA is preparing it's annual plan, although the files disappeared from the public this week; Dominion Energy overcharged customers by $500 million from 2017 to 2019; Former Governor Terry McAuliffe filed paperwork to raise money for a gubernatorial bid; the Virginia Senate approves civilian review boards; and other local news stories.
08/20/20 - McAuliffe Weighs Run For Governor
Former Governor Terry McAuliffe says he'll wait until after the election to decide if he'll run for Governor again; Nursing and medical care headlined the special session on Tuesday; Mayoral candidate Kim Gray is calling for an investigation into the contractor in charge of removing Confederate statues in Richmond; and other local news stories.