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Tax filing season to kick off next week in Virginia

Tax season is set to kick off in Virginia. Beginning Monday, residents can file Virginia individual income tax returns. In a news release, the state Department of Taxation reminded residents that due to changes in federal...

Richmond city council panel endorses funding for new statue

RICHMOND, Va. - A Richmond City Council panel has advanced a resolution that requests funding for a statue on the city's famed Monument Avenue that would honor African American troops who fought for the Union during...

Virginia accountant gets jail time in embezzlement case

ROANOKE, Va. - An accountant who pleaded guilty to taking thousands of dollars from two companies in Virginia has been ordered to serve jail time and pay restitution. The Roanoke Times reports 40-year-old Amanda Garrison...

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The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. The Democratic-led Senate gave preliminary approval to approved the...

Proposal bans holding cellphones while driving in Virginia

By ANDREW RINGLE Capital News Service

Bills to make voting easier advance in Virginia legislature

Virginia lawmakers have advanced Senate bills that make voting easier, including not requiring an excuse to vote absentee and recognizing Election Day as a state holiday. Other legislation that would extend citizen access...

Virginia Senate panel OKs offshore drilling, fracking bans

A Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday advanced measures that would ban offshore drilling as well hydraulic fracturing in much of eastern Virginia. Similar versions of both fracking measures have been proposed in previous...

Search on for driver who hit Virginia sheriff's office cars

A Virginia sheriff's office is looking for a driver who they say rammed two of its vehicles during an attempted traffic stop last weekend. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that deputies...

West Virginia invites NRA as Virginia plans for gun-control

A West Virginia senator is inviting the National Rifle Association to move to his state as lawmakers pursue gun-control measures in neighboring Virginia, where the group now has its headquarters. The invitation came in a...

Virginia Senate advances 'red flag' gun law, despite rally

The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. The Democratic-led Senate gave preliminary approval to approved the...

Virginia Senate advances bill to scrap Lee-Jackson holiday

The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation to scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals. The Democratic-led Senate voted largely along party lines Tuesday to pass legislation that would...

Coast Guard officer accused of terror plot asks for leniency

Federal prosecutors recommend a 25-year prison sentence for a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling weapons and targeting Supreme Court justices, prominent Democrats and TV journalists. But defense attorneys...

Man accused of terror plot may be mentally unfit for trial

A psychologist who examined a man accused of planning an Islamic State group-inspired attack at a shopping and entertainment complex in Maryland has found “ample evidence” that he is mentally unfit to assist in his...

U. Richmond confirms evidence of slave burial site on campus

Officials at the University of Richmond have confirmed that part of its campus was probably built over the graves of enslaved people. University President Ronald Crutcher said in a message to the campus community on...

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Man fatally shot in confrontation with off-duty officer

Authorities say an off-duty police officer in Virginia fatally shot a man who allegedly threatened a member of his family. Media outlets report that the shooting occurred in Chesapeake about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and involved...

A look at expected participants in Virginia gun rally

State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that's expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists...

Virginia's capital braces for gun-rights rally

Virginia’s capital city is bracing for the expected arrival of thousands of gun-rights activists and other groups that have vowed to descend on Richmond to protest Democrats’ plans to pass gun-control legislation.  Gov....

Richmond schools to close because of teacher rally

Richmond's schools superintendent says so many teachers are planning to attend a rally at the state Capitol next week in support of increased school funding the district needs to cancel classes. Richmond Public Schools...

Historic nuke plant in Virginia to be fully dismantled

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Plans are underway to completely dismantle the first nuclear power facility that provided electricity to the U.S. power grid. In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed fully removing the...

Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions

The gun industry is gathering in Las Vegas for its annual trade show amid slumping sales and an uncertain political landscape. The conference is occurring on the Las Vegas Strip about 3 miles from the deadliest mass...

Data show Virginia gun sales soared ahead of session

RICHMOND, Va. - Gun dealers in Virginia say sales soared in December due to growing fears of increased firearms restrictions backed by Democrats who control the state government. Estimated firearm sales totaled 73,849 last...

A look at expected participants in Virginia gun rally

State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that's expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists...

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National Archives: 'We made a mistake' altering Trump photos

The National Archives is apologizing for its decision to blur images of anti-Trump signs used as part of an exhibit on women's suffrage. The independent agency is charged with preserving government and historical...

Remains of fallen US soldier returned to Fort Bragg

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The remains of a soldier who was killed a week ago in Afghanistan have been returned to his family in the U.S. The Fayetteville Observer reports the family of Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin greeted his...

New sheriff shows family's lawyer video of officer shooting

ABINGDON, Va. - After months of requests, the attorney representing the family of a southwest Virginia man fatally shot by police has been shown video footage of the incident. Attorney John Fishwick is representing the...

MS-13 inmates sent to restricted unit after prison stabbing

The federal Bureau of Prisons is moving some MS-13 gang members into more restricted housing at high-security facilities across the U.S. after an MS-13 leader stabbed a rival gang member at a federal prison in Virginia....

Eastern Shore heritage center gets boost from federal grant

PARKSLEY, Va. - The effort to build a new library and heritage center on Virginia's Eastern Shore recently got a boost in the form of a federal grant.  The project will receive a $500,000 grant from the National...

Dismal Swamp Canal to be closed to traffic for about 90 days

The Dismal Swamp Canal on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between North Carolina and Virginia will be closed to traffic for about 90 days for maintenance.  The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports the locks at South...

Records reveal concerns of deceased GOP redistricting expert

The previously confidential computer records of a deceased Republican strategist reveal he was concerned that Democrats were developing better data that could give them an advantage in the next round of redistricting....

Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia

An unprecedented show of force by gun-rights activists is expected on Monday in Virginia. They are angry over the state's new Democratic majority leadership and its plans to enact a slew of gun restrictions. Thousands...

Virginia Supreme Court upholds weapons ban for pro-gun rally next week, rejecting appeal from gun-rights groups

Virginia Supreme Court upholds weapons ban for pro-gun rally next week, rejecting appeal from gun-rights groups.

NC Republicans write backing Virginia gun "sanctuary" effort

Dozens of North Carolina Republican state legislators are expressing solidarity with Virginia local governments that have spoken out formally for gun rights. About 50 state House Republican members signed a letter dated...

3 more linked to neo-Nazi group arrested in Georgia

Police in Georgia say three men linked to a violent white supremacist group have been charged with conspiring to commit murder. Friday's announcement comes a day after three other members of The Base who were believed...

Virginia's Pamunkey Tribe announces $350M casino project

A Native American tribe in Virginia says it will develop a $350 million casino resort in the state's capital and another in Norfolk. In a statement released Friday, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced it has purchased...

Organizers appeal Virginia rally gun ban; 6 now arrested

A gun-rights group wants the Virginia Supreme Court to block a ban on firearms at their Monday rally at the state Capitol. The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America say Gov. Ralph Northam's ban...

Virginia patient charged with killing nursing home roommate

Police say a nursing home patient in Virginia has been charged with murder in the killing of his 86-year-old roommate at the care facility. Police arrested 65-year-old Lynwood L. Main at ManorCare Health Services-Imperial...

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Prosecutor: Dentist had 150 pills, 2 guns in car after crash

RADFORD, Va. - A dentist in Virginia who was involved in a crash is accused of driving under the influence with two guns, 150 pills and brass knuckles. The Roanoke Times reports 40-year-old Matthew Mower had a bond hearing...

Chairman, ranking member of House subcommittee to visit BIW

The chairman and ranking Republican on a House Armed Services subcommittee are paying a visit to Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works in Maine. Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut and Republican Rep. Rob Wittman of...

House committee tackles consumer protections, cybersecurity

In one of the more modern meeting rooms at the over two centuries old State Capitol, 22 lawmakers gather on Mondays to confront the increasing cybersecurity threats looming over Virginia residents.

Judge upholds Virginia governor's ban on weapons of all kinds at upcoming gun rally

Judge upholds Virginia governor's ban on weapons of all kinds at upcoming gun rally.

Projects needed to help Virginia Beach fight rising sea

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - An engineering consulting firm says Virginia Beach will have to consider multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects and other efforts to face the threat of sea-level rise. The Virginian-Pilot of...

Mistrial in case of ex-student accused of sexual assaults

CONCORD, N.H. - A mistrial has been declared in the case of a man has been accused of sexually assaulting two children on the campus of St. Paul's school in New Hampshire in the 1970s. Benjamin Baker was arrested in...

Gun groups want firearms ban at Virginia rally overturned

Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday announced a state of emergency and banned all...

AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos

The nation's immigration court system is shouldering crushing caseloads, chaos and confusion. Dysfunctional for years, the system has grown worse following a surge in asylum seekers and the Trump administration’s...

AP visits immigrant courts across US, finds nonstop chaos

The nation's immigration court system is shouldering crushing caseloads, chaos and confusion. Dysfunctional for years, the system has grown worse following a surge in asylum seekers and the Trump administration’s...

Vote keeps 2 LGBTQ books in district's elementary schools

ASHBURN, Va. - Officials in a northern Virginia school district are pushing back against a campaign by conservative parents to withdraw books with LGBTQ characters from elementary schools. The Washington Post reports that...

Father of Parkland victim calls for councilman's resignation

The father of a school shooting victim is calling for the resignation of a Virginia city council member who strapped an assault weapon to his chest during a vote to protect gun rights. Fred Guttenberg's daughter was...