NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who was lauded for turning his life around after getting out of prison now faces nearly 16 years imprisonment for robbery.
Dems say DeVos’ deputy tried to influence internal inquiry
BOSTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are accusing the Education Department of interfering with an investigation by the agency's independent watchdog.
The Latest: US Sen Kaine calls on Virginia No. 2 to resign
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fallout after two top Virginia Democrats admitted wearing blackface and another was accused of sexual assault (all times local):
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is calling on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign after two women went public with allegations of sexual assault against Fairfax.
Inquiry will review DeVos’ revival of troubled accreditor
The Education Department's independent watchdog said Wednesday that it plans to investigate Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to reinstate a troubled accrediting agency that was shut down by the Obama administration over allegations of lax oversight.
Even as the nation is roiled by tribalism and bitter partisanship, there are efforts to build common ground that are being quietly nurtured, sometimes where least expected. Criminal-justice reform is one such area. Faced with soaring prison costs and ever greater numbers of adults hampered by prison records, some Republicans and Democrats are seeking and finding reforms they can agree on. It is a development to be welcomed and nurtured.
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Dewey Cornell, University of Virginia
Ikea starts work on new Norfolk store to open in 2019
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Swedish retailer IKEA has broken ground on a Norfolk store that's expected to open in spring 2019.
The Virginian-Pilot reports Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott attended the groundbreaking last week.
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3), along with U.S. senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Al Franken (D-MN), and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03), have introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act to crack down on employers who unfairly withhold wages from their employees.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Oyster restoration efforts are almost complete on one river in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. But officials warn that federal funding could be cut before the work is all done.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said in a press release that environmental groups and two congressmen will meet Friday to highlight progress along the Lafayette River in Norfolk. They also plan to talk about the need for funding to complete the job.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott was not invited to President Donald Trump's recent visit to a shipyard in his district.
The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2m8bJix ) Scott's office said Friday it was notified by the Navy of Trump's Thursday trip, but the White House issued no invitation. That's a break from the longstanding tradition that local members of Congress be asked to attend presidential visits in their district.
Lawmakers seek answers in shooting of man playing Pokemon Go
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Members of Virginia's congressional delegation are seeking answers after the fatal shooting of a 60-year-old man whose family says was playing Pokemon Go.
Virginia Reps. Donald McEachin and Bobby Scott and New York Rep. Grace Meng say in a joint statement that they're concerned about the "manner and circumstances" of Jiansheng Chen's January death.
3 of 4 Dem. congressman from Virginia to skip inauguration
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three of four Democratic congressmen from Virginia say they'll skip Friday's presidential inauguration.
They are U.S. Reps Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Donald McEachin. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2ja4WAM) that Congressman Bobby Scott will attend Donald Trump's swearing in.
Hundreds in Richmond rally to support health care law
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered for a rally outside the Virginia Capitol to oppose Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
High-ranking Democrats including Sen. Tim Kaine, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott and Donald McEachin spoke to the crowd Sunday in Richmond. The rally was one of many around the country in support of the federal health care law, which President-elect Donald Trump has promised to overturn and replace.
Trump victory upends Virginia politics, gubernatorial race
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump's surprise victory has upended Virginia politics, dimming the star power of the state's top Democrats and disrupting the already-in-progress 2017 gubernatorial race, which is likely to be one of the nation's most closely watched elections next year.