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Senate OKs bill tightening Virginia tourism spending rules

The Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would tighten the purchasing rules the state’s tourism agency must follow.

Church of England sheds light on 'shameful' slave trade ties

A letter written by an enslaved person in Virginia 300 years ago seeking freedom is part of a new exhibition exploring the Church of England's historic links to slavery.

Virginia says error led to shortage in local school funding

The Virginia Department of Education is acknowledging it made a mistake in calculating state aid for K-12 schools.

Boeing bids farewell to an icon, delivers last 747 jumbo jet

Boeing bids farewell to an icon on Tuesday: It's delivering its final 747 jumbo jet.

Group: N.C. request for redistricting rehearing 'frivolous'

An advocacy group says North Carolina Republican legislators' effort to get the state Supreme Court to revisit some 2022 redistricting rulings is “frivolous.”.

Lawmakers shelve bills cutting unemployment appeals times

Virginia lawmakers have shelved a pair of bills that would have given unemployment claimants half as much time to file an appeal with a state agency still struggling with some pandemic-related cases.

Beshear touts education plan ahead of lawmakers reconvening

Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky is lagging behind in the “competition for talent” to lead its classrooms.

School where 6-year-old shot his teacher set to reopen

Students and teachers returning to the Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old boy shot his teacher will see visible signs of stepped-up security.

Virginia police: 4 juveniles charged in 16-year-old's death

Police in central Virginia say that four young people have been charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old this past week.

'Don’t be numb to this': Battling despair over gun deaths

Increasingly it feels like America is at war with itself.

Virginia police officer accused of shooting another officer

A local Virginia police officer remains jailed after authorities accused him of shooting another officer while the two were both off duty.

Gregory Allen Howard who wrote 'Remember the Titans' dies

Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard, who skillfully adapted stories of historical Black figures in “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington, “Ali” with Will Smith and “Harriet” with Cynthia Erivo, has died.

Authorities capture 2 Virginia inmates in Tennessee

Two inmates who fled a southwest Virginia jail are being held without bond after authorities said they were captured in northeast Tennessee.

Mass shootings lead to widening divide on state gun policies

As mass shootings are again drawing public attention, states across the U.S. seem to be deepening their political divide on gun policies.

Fallout from shooting by first-grader includes staff shakeup

The fallout from the shooting of a teacher by a first-grader in Virginia has prompted a staff shakeup in the Newport News school district.

Search continues in Virginia and Tennessee for jail escapees

Authorities in Virginia and Tennessee are continuing their search Friday for two inmates who escaped from a regional jail.

Virginia House GOP votes down gun control measures

Virginia House Republicans have voted down a range of bills that would have added new restrictions on firearms.

Morrissey's Petersburg casino bill clears early hurdle

A bill that would let Petersburg hold a public referendum on a proposed $1.4 billion casino while blocking Richmond from a second shot at a project rejected in 2021 has cleared an early hurdle.

Pandemic, culture wars revive 'school choice' policy push

Several years of pandemic restrictions and curriculum battles have emboldened longtime advocates of funneling public funds to private and religious schools in statehouses throughout the country.

Virginia Supreme Court reverses $1M award in police shooting

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed a jury’s decision to award $1 million in damages to the family of a man fatally shot during a 2019 standoff with police.

Amid gains, railroaders seeking quality-of-life improvements

The contract imposed on railroad workers last fall didn't resolve their quality-of-life issues, but there are indications the major freight railroads might start to address some of their concerns about demanding schedules and the lack of paid sick time.

Boeing pleads not guilty in case over deadly Max crashes

Boeing has pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge in a case revolving around two crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes.

Meetings with Lindh prompt move to revoke convict's release

A northern Virginia man convicted nearly a decade ago of supporting the Islamic State group as a teenager has now been accused of violating his terms of release by meeting with convicted a Taliban supporter.

Virginia Democrats defeat bills limiting abortion access

A Democrat-led Virginia Senate panel has defeated several bills that would have restricted abortion access in the state.

School board: Superintendent of Virginia school district where 6-year-old boy shot and wounded teacher to leave Feb. 1

School board: Superintendent of Virginia school district where 6-year-old boy shot and wounded teacher to leave Feb. 1.

AG: Ex-parole board chair violated law; too late for charges

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares says a former state parole board chair violated state policy and law in her handling of cases at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawyer defends North Carolina's transgender care exclusions

A lawyer representing the leaders of North Carolina’s state employee health plan has defended its exclusion of gender affirming treatments before a federal appeals court.

New Mexico bill would ban contracts for migration detention

New Mexico legislators are sponsoring a bill to prohibit local governments and state agencies from entering into contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and private detention facilities to detain immigrants in civil cases.

Virginia teacher shot by student to sue school district

An attorney says a Virginia teacher who was shot by a 6-year-old student during class will sue the school district.

Man imprisoned for more than 20 years for 1991 murder of woman visiting Hawaii released because of new evidence

Man imprisoned for more than 20 years for 1991 murder of woman visiting Hawaii released because of new evidence.

GOP-controlled House passes Youngkin tax cut agenda

The Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates has signed off on a slate of business and personal income tax-reduction proposals from GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

Senate panel advances long-stalled campaign finance reform

A Virginia Senate committee has advanced a bill that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses like a mortgage or country club membership.

Virginia teacher shot by 6-year-old student hires attorney

The first-grade teacher from Virginia who was shot and seriously wounded by a 6-year-old student has hired a trial attorney to represent her.

New year brings a grim wave of mass killings across America

A series of rampages across the U.S. in the first weeks of 2023 have Americans again asking what can be done.

Michigan RB Blake Corum says Camaro stolen in Ann Arbor

Michigan All-America running back Blake Corum reported his car stolen earlier this month in Ann Arbor.

Judge tosses ex-police chief's suit against Charlottesville

A federal judge has dismissed a former Virginia police chief’s $10 million wrongful termination lawsuit saying she didn’t have sufficient evidence of discrimination, conspiracy or malice.

Justice Dept. sue Google over digital advertising dominance

The Justice Department and several states have sued Google, alleging that its dominance in digital advertising harms competition.

Iowa lawmakers OK public money for private school students

Any Iowa student who wants to attend a private school could use public money to pay for tuition or other expenses under a plan approved by the Legislature.

Judge to consider freedom for Hawaiian man in '91 murder

Attorneys for a Native Hawaiian man imprisoned for more than 20 years after his conviction for the 1991 sexual assault, kidnapping and murder of a white woman visiting the Big Island will ask a judge Tuesday to dismiss his conviction due to new evidence — including DNA testing — in the case.

Petition seeks to free Hawaiian man convicted of '91 murder

A petition outlining new evidence in one of Hawaii’s biggest criminal cases asks a judge to release a Native Hawaiian man who has spent more than 20 years in prison for the sexual assault, kidnapping and murder of a white woman on the Big Island.

Confederate general's remains moved to Virginia hometown

The remains of a Confederate general unearthed from beneath a monument at the center of a Virginia intersection have been reinterred at a cemetery in his hometown.

Virginia Senate panel OKs gun bills after campus shootings

A Democrat-led Virginia Senate panel is advancing a range of gun control bills, including legislation meant to address recent campus shootings at the University of Virginia and a Newport News elementary school.

Refusal to release inaugural donors exposes gap in Pa. law

The refusal thus far of Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro to disclose who paid for his inaugural party has exposed the gap in state law that lets governors in Pennsylvania escape the kind of transparency sometimes required elsewhere.

New trial sought over stop after jury mostly favors police

Attorneys representing a U.S. Army lieutenant who was pepper-sprayed, struck and handcuffed during a traffic stop have filed a motion for a new trial after a jury found mostly in favor of the police officers.

Lawmakers seek to bar insurrectionists from holding office

Democratic lawmakers in a handful of states are trying to send a message two years after the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Schools face pressure to take harder line on discipline

As kids’ behavior reaches crisis points after the stress and isolation of pandemic shutdowns, many schools are facing pressure from critics to rethink their approaches to discipline — including policies intended to reduce suspensions and expulsions.

Bills to limit inmate fees advance in Virginia Senate

Legislation that would give inmates in Virginia prisons free phone calls and email access and reduce the costs of food and other commissary items in jails won approval Friday from a Democrat-led Senate committee.

Virginia, Amazon announce $35 billion data center plan

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin says the state has reached a deal with Amazon Web Services for the company to invest $35 billion in new data centers.

Jury rejects sex worker's claims against 4 police officers

A jury has rejected a sex worker’s allegations that a former police chief in Virginia and three other officers protected a prostitution ring that she said trafficked her.

3 active-duty Marines charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Three active-duty Marines have been charged in the riot at the U.S. Capitol.