A bill pending in the General Assembly would award $1,450,000 in compensation to a man wrongly convicted of a 1982 rape and murder in Newport News.
McAuliffe and GOP legislators differ on how to strengthen oversight for partnership.
Holding her baby daughter Zoey, Ashley Hawkins of Richmond spoke at a Capitol Square rally on Sunday about how a pre-existing medical condition stopped her from getting health care until Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.
RICHMOND — The Republican Governors Association just wrote a $5 million check — the largest single political donation in Virginia’s history — with the goal of putting a Republican in the governor’s mansion.
RICHMOND — A Northern Virginia legislator has carried Roanoke’s fight against the open carry of loaded long guns to the General Assembly.
JACKSON, Miss. — The future of an electric car maker that once had grand promises for a corner of the Mississippi Delta is growing even murkier.
About 75 people attended a Roanoke rally Saturday for Ed Gillespie, one of four candidates for the Republican nomination for Virginia governor.
State Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel on Friday said Sen. Bryce E. Reeves — her GOP colleague and rival in the 2017 primary for lieutenant governor — tried to force her out of the race.
CHRISTIANSBURG — The Montgomery County Electoral Board is discussing the creation of more voting precincts or adjustment of precinct boundary lines within magisterial districts to ease greater election traffic resulting from the county’s ongoing p...
A proposed Virginia House of Delegates bill would institute recall elections in the commonwealth for the first time.
Citing a rise in hate crimes, Attorney General Mark Herring joined with religious leaders and several Democratic lawmakers Friday to call for new laws and announce the website www.NoHate VA.com.
RICHMOND — Several bills drafted in the wake of a mentally ill man’s unexplained death at Hampton Roads Regional Jail passed the first of many hurdles in the General Assembly Friday morning.
For the first time in eight years, Roanoke County Republicans are going with a primary to pick their next slate of nominees for the board of supervisors.
Ricky Javon Gray is asking a federal appeals court to block his execution set for Wednesday, alleging that the state's lethal injection plans violate constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
Dittmar served as chairwoman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives.
The debate over state employee pay is likely to widen into a study of the total compensation Virginia provides its workers and how that compares to the competitive marketplace.
The Joint Working Group on Certificate of Public Need - or COPN - Reform voted today to approve nine principles that will act as guidelines toward adopting legislation for COPN reform.
A state House bill could limit municipal broadband initiatives in Virginia and derail expansion in the Roanoke Valley less than a year after the local authority landed its first customer.
Family-values conservatives turned up the pressure on Virginia Republican lawmakers Thursday over a controversial transgender bathroom bill, holding a news conference at the Capitol to call for an up-or-down vote.
The General Assembly could change how school suspensions are handled if an effort passes that would assure students are punished and not losing too much school time because of suspensions.
RICHMOND — New jobs and economic development are key to hauling schools in Southwest Virginia’s coalfields out of a dire financial situation, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday.
CHRISTIANSBURG — The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, on separate 7-0 votes Monday, re-appointed Republicans Chris Tuck as chairman and Todd King as vice chairman.
The General Assembly had not even convened when Senate Republicans sent a message to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to put money into state police salaries inside of hiring people for new public safety and mental health initiatives.
RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe opened the 2017 General Assembly session Wednesday night with an ode to bipartisanship over the past three years of divided government and a renewed plea for cooperation in the year ahead.
WARM SPRINGS — Virginia’s mental health agency and its local counterpart in Bath County say they cannot be held legally responsible for the suicide of a senator’s son.
Not long after Ricky Javon Gray was arrested and confessed to a murder spree that left seven dead in Richmond he apologized and told police, "I just want to die."
Mr. Jefferson's Capitol is no longer the Capitol of the Confederacy.
RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe may have hoped for some surprise good news in Tuesday’s special General Assembly elections, but tonight he’ll deliver his final State of the Commonwealth speech facing the same daunting political landscape.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe dumped the chairwoman of the Virginia Parole Board amid concerns that the five-member panel was not moving quickly enough on reforms proposed in 2015.
State lawmakers could strip regulations that protect hospitals from competition just when the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association is asking for a time out in Richmond.
Although some Lynchburg city precincts ran out of paper ballots by 11 a.m. Tuesday, no valid city voter has been turned away from the special election for the 22nd Senate District, according to Registrar Karen Patterson.
RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia voters are picking two state senators in a special election that could effectively hand control of that chamber from Republicans to Democrats.
RICHMOND — The state House Democratic Caucus is backing a plan to get the state back into the business of making student loans.
RICHMOND — Virginia could lose more than $314 million from its general fund budget if the new Congress and president make good on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to estimates by the state’s Medicaid director.
RICHMOND — The owner of a craft distillery formally announced his candidacy for Virginia governor Monday, promising to bring "blunt force trauma" to a rigged political system.
The General Assembly Building on Capitol Square will be replaced with a new structure by 2021. Meanwhile, legislators and committees will be housed in temporary quarters.
This winter’s short legislative session and budget constraints likely will quell some of the hot-topic campus issues that have absorbed the General Assembly in recent years, keeping the focus clearly on the bottom line for students and universities.
Several inconclusive investigations into Jamycheal Mitchell’s death at Hampton Roads Regional Jail have sharpened a focus on issues relating to mental health in jails and facility oversight heading into the 2017 General Assembly session.
The work of the joint subcommittee studying mental health reform is years away from completion, but this session of the General Assembly includes proposals that were born out of the group’s heaviest lifting yet.
Last week, Rep. Bob Goodlatte tried to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics. The question is, why? Read below, as some imaginary but curious constituents demand answers.
In the mountains where an entire economy depends on coal, public schools have reached a tipping point.
One after another, districts have consolidated schools, sending students home on hour-long bus rides.
They’ve delayed bus replacements and building repairs, like the elementary school roof that buzzards started tearing apart and repurposing for nests.
Schools have cut electives.
Retiring teachers, counselors, librarians and aides haven’t been replaced, and neither have decade-old textbooks.
Every cut far Southwest Virginia school districts make picks the budget closer to the bone. Everything is on the table – in Dickenson County, the school board heard a proposal last year that would have saved about $40.
“We’re keeping our school division together with a prayer and duct tape,” Dickenson Superintendent Haydee Robinson said.
State legislators will flock to Richmond this week to gear up for a short General Assembly session that starts Wednesday.
A former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden filed paperwork Friday to run for lieutenant governor in Virginia, lending some political star power to a race that now has three Democrats and three Republicans vying for the office.
Republicans in the House of Delegates have their own plan for correcting flaws in Virginia’s economic development programs, including a delay in creating a separate international trade corporation that the General Assembly approved last year.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed an executive order requiring future contractors that do business with the Executive Branch to adhere to a nondiscrimination policy that includes bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Roanoke’s incumbent treasurer on Thursday became the first of the city’s constitutional officers to announce re-election plans.
Sen. Tim Kaine took a leading role today in a Democratic effort to block the quick repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead advocate reforms to the law that would protect access to health care, as well as affordability and quality of care.
The order, which takes effect immediately, covers all future state contractors with the Executive Branch.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans this week reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash the pay of an individual federal worker — down to $1 — a move that threatens to upend the 130-year-old civ...
Most everyone is seated with a paper plate full of chicken or ham rolls when Sam Rasoul takes his spot before the group, ready to start.
The world has lost a precious soul, but one in which heaven has gained. Olonzo "Buddy" Proffitt, 93, embraced Jesus on January 11, 2017, joining his beloved wife Jeanne and other loved ones. The couple moved to Pearisburg, in 1949 from Alleghany County to operate the Modern Cut Rate Drug Store and eventually the Dari Delite and Rainbow Drive-In. Buddy also sold insurance and was the manager of Giles and Castle Rock Country Clubs. Also, in Alleghany County, Buddy and Henry Dew operated the Rainbow Drive-In. They along with Buddy's son, Bruce, established The Cat and Owl Restaurant, whereas in 1989, Bruce became the sole proprietor. Buddy was proud to be a veteran as he served in the Army Air Force in World War II. As a civic leader, he was involved in the Pearisburg Lion's and Kiwanis Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts. Known as a colorful character, loving husband, father, grandfather and entertainer, he touched many lives with his quick wit and positive outlook. Buddy loved the Lord Jesus. He was a role model and mentor to his family and friends. His work ethic and love for people became his passion. Living life to its fullest, he was an avid golfer, uniquely creative and talented beyond description. Love, kindness and empathy was the legacy he left for others to emulate. Left with precious memories are his son, Bruce Proffitt (Anita); daughter, Corky Bailey; grandchildren, Jennifer Robinson (Chris), Jean Ann Bailey, Courtney Proffitt; great-grandson, Blake Robinson; and family friends, Jerry Bailey and Bea Ruble. The family will receive friends at Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with a celebration of life starting at 7 p.m. with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 133, Pearisburg, VA 24134 is appreciated, or consider a random act of kindness honoring the Lord in Buddy's memory. A private family graveside service will be at Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge, VA on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. Givens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to the family at givensfuneralhome.com.
Mary E. Thompson, 91, of Roanoke, Va., died on Friday, January 13, 2017. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the Chapel of Light in Evergreen Burial Park where services will be held at 2 p.m. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.oakeys.com.
Matthew Jack Dalton, 86, of Snidertown Road, Gold Bond (Ripplemead) died Saturday, January 14, 2017 at his home. His body will lie in state at his home until time for the services which will also be conducted in the home at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Burial will follow in Angels Rest Memory Gardens at Narrows. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangements.
Pearl Anne Caldwell Frymier, 51, of New Castle, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017. Memorial service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Paitsel Funeral Home.