Virginia governor vetoes sanctuary cities bill
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has again vetoed a bill aimed at preventing so-called "sanctuary cities" in the state.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the state's 40 mental health centers are now all offering walk-in mental evaluations.
Northam said Thursday that the a person in need of...
Northam vetoes bill opposing cap-and-trade
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed legislation aimed at limiting his authority to institute a carbon cap-and-trade plan.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A large electrical contractor plants to build a new fabrication and distribution facility in Virginia.
Gov. Ralph Northam said Virginia beat out several other states to...
Democratic Virginia delegate announces state Senate bid
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Democratic state delegate has announced her bid to run for state Senate in a closely watched race that could determine partisan control of the upper chamber.
Northam vetoes concealed carry legislation
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed legislation that would make it easier for nonresidents to get concealed handgun carry permits.
Virginia’s unemployment rate steady at 2.8 percent
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's unemployment rate has held steady at 2.8 percent for six months.
Gov. Ralph Northam's office announced Monday that the rate remained unchanged in...
Northam appoints new elections board in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has named three new commissioners to service on the State Board of Elections, sweeping out the previous members.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — School boards must ban any tobacco or other forms of nicotine products from all school property and school-sponsored events under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov....
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has called on Gov. Ralph Northam to remove the Robert E. Lee statue.
The group made the request Wednesday during a public...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A company that runs call centers is planning to expand its Virginia operation and create 600 new jobs.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that Virginia had...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday defended his handling of a blackface scandal, and he did not rule out a future run for governor at the same time he promised...
Gov.’s wife expresses regret after complaint of racist tour
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia first lady Pam Northam has expressed regret after the mother of an African-American teenager complained that a tour of the governor's mansion was racially...
Virginia gov announces new packaging plant near Roanoke
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A paper and packaging company plans to spend $20 million on a new manufacturing operation near Roanoke.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that Pratt...
Virginia lawmakers adjourn scandal-marked 2019 session
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers wrapped up this year's scandal-marked legislative session Sunday after passing a state budget that includes pay raises for teachers and state employees and...
Virginia Gov. Northam meets with civil rights leaders
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to civil rights leaders Friday to "do everything that I can do bring good from what happened" after a scandal over a racist yearbook photo...
Virginia gov signs ban on people under 21 buying tobacco
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation banning people under 21 from buying tobacco and nicotine products, a measure enacted in a state known historically for its...
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Al Gore meets with residents fighting gas pipeline station
UNION HILL, Va. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore urged residents of a historic African-American community in Virginia on Tuesday to continue their fight against a plan to build a natural gas...
Virginia lawmakers OK speed cameras in work zones
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — For the first time in Virginia, police officers could issue speeding tickets through the mail — without pulling over the speeding motorist — under legislation sitting on Gov....
Lawmakers OK bill on religious leaders reporting child abuse
WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A bill that requires religious leaders to report suspected child abuse or neglect is now before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.
Virginia lawmakers send coal ash bill to governor
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have approved legislation to require the state's largest electric utility to excavate and clean up unlined coal ash pits.
The General Assembly approved legislation Friday to require Dominion Energy to recycle or store in lined landfills millions of cubic yards of coal ash currently located at sites around the state.
Virginia lawmakers OK bills to address housing issues
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A flurry of bills addressing affordable housing and high eviction rates in Virginia cities moved forward in the House and Senate this week.
Three bills on those issues have passed both chambers and have been sent to Gov. Ralph Northam to be signed into law. Several other measures have passed one chamber and are awaiting a floor vote in the other.
Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget ‘equity’
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam asked lawmakers Thursday to pass a state budget that has a "greater focus on issues of equity" as he tries to move past a blackface scandal that nearly ended his governorship.
Northam postpones Black History Month reception amid fallout
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's administration has postponed a reception to celebrate Black History Month as the governor continues to deal with the fallout from a racist yearbook photo.
Northam spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said the reception has been moved from Wednesday to later this month. She said the administration is thinking through better ways to honor Black History Month. Black leaders said Monday that they would stage a large protest outside the reception.
2 Mississippi governor candidates: No blackface or KKK robes
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two top candidates for Mississippi governor say they have never worn blackface or costumes such as Ku Klux Klan uniforms.
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves responded to reporters' questions Tuesday, a day after Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood did so. Both are white, and they are running in a state with a 38 percent black population. They have raised more money than other candidates this year in the open race for governor.
How Virginia’s top 3 leaders are handling scandals
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — All three of Virginia's top elected officials remain in office despite varying calls for their ouster amid scandals involving blackface costumes and sexual-assault allegations. But each has taken a slightly different path forward.
Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring both admitted earlier this month to wearing blackface years ago. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, meanwhile, has vehemently denied accusations of sexual assault from two women.
Clamor for ouster of top Democrats slows in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The clamor for the resignation of Virginia's top two politicians seemed to die down Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on the sexual assault allegations against him.
Virginia Governor says he will not resign
Historians challenge Northam’s ‘indentured servants’ remark
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Historians say they were "shocked" and "mystified" when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wrongly used the term "indentured servants" Sunday in reference to the first Africans to arrive in English North America 400 years ago.
Most historians abandoned use of the term in the 1990s after historical records left little room for doubt that the Africans were enslaved, the scholars said.
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Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam's choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America's first black president.
But sitting in a stylist's chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore blackface 35 years ago.
Virginia lieutenant governor wants accusations investigated
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's embattled lieutenant governor on Saturday called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate sexual assault allegations made against him while defying widespread calls for his resignation with a plea for "space in this moment for due process."
Scandals drive calls for top Virginia leadership to resign
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's state government seemed to come unglued Friday as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won't resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too.
Lawmakers reach deal that would return $976M to taxpayers
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislative leaders have reached an agreement that would return $976 million to Virginia's taxpayers.
Virginia Dems brace for 2020 political fallout from scandal
The political crisis in Virginia threatens to turn a state that has trended Democratic back into a battleground, a development that could complicate the party's effort to defeat President Donald Trump next year.
Virginia governor survives scandal by staying out of sight
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — He promised to start an honest conversation about race and how to heal the lingering wounds of Virginia's painful past. Then he disappeared.
Virginia Democrats struggle with interlocking crises
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Democrats struggled to find their way out of three interlocking political crises Thursday that could bring down the party's top elected officials and put a Republican in the governor's chair.
Oregon governor says Virginia’s Northam should resign
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called for her Virginia counterpart to step down over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook.
"It's appalling, all of it," Brown told reporters Thursday when asked about Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. "He should resign. And then we have the next layer of issue, right? And one after that."
Blackface photo is a reminder of Virginia’s racist history
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The discovery last week of a racist photo on Gov. Ralph Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page has served as a glaring reminder that Virginia — a former bastion of slavery and white supremacy— continues to struggle with mindsets shaped by its turbulent racial history.
The Latest: Trump weighs in on Virginia Democrats’ woes
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the political turmoil in Virginia amid admissions of blackface and accusations of sexual assault (all times local):
President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of "killing the Great State of Virginia." Trump was responding to the scandal that has engulfed Virginia's top three elected officials, including Gov. Ralph Northam, whose medical school yearbook featured a racist photo.
Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia’s leaders
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political implications.
Democrats mute calls for Va. resignations with power at risk
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prominent Democrats came down hard on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after he apologized for a racist photo. But they were quieter as two more scandals — one involving race, another a sexual assault allegation — rocked Virginia's statehouse.
With anti-abortion push, Trump woos evangelicals again
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a fierce denunciation of late-term abortions, President Donald Trump is making a move to re-energize evangelical voters whose support will be vital in heading off any possible 2020 primary challenge.
Timeline: Virginia political scandals continue to pile on
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — All three of Virginia's top elected officials are now mired in their own separate scandals, causing some to question whether any of the three Democrats are fit to lead the state.
Blackface photo reopens long history of bigotry in medicine
NEW YORK (AP) — The racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page wasn't the only thing that disgusted Monifa Bandele. She was especially appalled that the image was published as he was graduating from medical school on his way to becoming a pediatrician.
The 1984 photo has stirred a national political furor and reopened the long history of bigotry in American medicine. The revelations about Northam gave many African-Americans a new reason to be distrustful of doctors.
5 things to know about the turmoil in Virginia government
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In less than a week, a cascade of revelations and allegations involving race and sex has rocked Virginia state government to its foundations.
Gov. Ralph Northam is facing a torrent of calls to resign. First, a racist photo surfaced last week from his medical school yearbook page. Northam has denied being in the photo, but acknowledged wearing blackface at a dance party.
AP Explains: Racist history of blackface began in the 1830s
WASHINGTON (AP) — A racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page and a subsequent admission from his attorney general that he wore blackface in 1980 has roiled Virginia politics. The photo in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook shows someone in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. Attorney General Mark Herring said Wednesday that he wore brown makeup to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. The revelations offer the latest examples of prominent white people facing harsh criticism for wearing blackface.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump on late-term abortion
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at one of President Donald Trump's statements from his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and how it compares with the facts:
TRUMP, citing legislation in New York and Virginia in calling on Congress to ban late-term abortion: "And then we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth."
THE FACTS: That's not what Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said.