Fall wildfire season started Tuesday in Virginia and runs through Nov. 30. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) have been ramping up for what could be one of the most severe fire seasons…

Fall ushers in more than a change of seasons—it’s also the time when drivers encounter additional deer on roadways.

More than 80 local police agencies, as well as the Virginia State Police, will be on heightened alert over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend when, due to the closure of many schools and businesses on Monday, families tend to travel. Law enforcement agencies in neighboring states are increasi…

Automation in the 21st century economy will yield affluence to some Virginia communities while increasing unemployment in others, according to a report from the management consulting firm McKinsey Global Institute . 

On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirmed that a Virginia resident has died in the outbreak of severe lung injury associated with e-cigarette use or “vaping.” This death was reported by Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Sept. 26.

This week marks the launch of Virginia’s 18th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI law enforcement and public education campaign in Virginia. The increased enforcement will take place through Labor Day weekend and resume periodically through key moments like Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

A proclamation has been issued designating August as Smokey Bear Awareness Month, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign and reminding Virginians of their role in protecting the commonwealth’s forestland. In Virginia, 95 percent of wildfires are star…

Since July, 1, Virginia courts have stopped suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court costs or fines. And anyone whose license was suspended because of unpaid court costs or fines will be able to drive again.

Virginia’s political leaders may now take a closer look at the importance of agriculture in their congressional districts, thanks to the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture.

Several new Virginia highway safety laws take effect Monday. In an effort to increase the safety of those working alongside highways, the General Assembly passed a bill prohibiting drivers from holding a handheld personal communication device while driving a vehicle in a highway work zone. V…

Gov. Ralph Northam recently signed a proclamation summoning the members of the Virginia General Assembly back to Richmond on Tuesday, July 9, for a special session to address the emergency of gun violence in the commonwealth. 

More than 115 teens representing 37 high and middle schools from across the commonwealth including Halifax County High School students arrived at James Madison University (JMU) recently for a week of educational and hands-on activities that focus on safe driving practices and the importance …

Virginians who have not yet filed their Virginia individual income taxes are reminded to take action now. Taxpayers must file by midnight on Monday, July 1, to qualify for the Tax Relief Refund. The refund is the result of state legislation passed by the 2019 Virginia General Assembly in res…

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that Virginia House Republicans did not have standing to press an appeal in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill et. al and sided with voters who challenged the Virginia legislative map alleging some of the districts drawn were a rac…

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is preparing to send letters to Virginians whose driving privileges are suspended for failure to pay court fines and costs to advise them of any specific requirements for obtaining their driver’s licenses.

Drivers in Virginia would face penalties for using a phone behind the wheel under legislation that Gov. Ralph Northam has amended and sent to the General Assembly for approval.

RICHMOND — Before the General Assembly adjourned, critical issues like gun control and tax incentives were being debated in the House chamber. One smartly dressed young man proposed raising taxes to create a relief fund for counties with high unemployment.

Incumbent Frank Ruff announced his bid for re-election for a sixth term in the Virginia Senate on Tuesday, filing as a candidate in the June 11 Republican primary for the 15th Senate District seat. 

Five local farmers attended the Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade in Richmond on Tuesday representing Halifax County including Adam Davis, Brian Hall, Scott Hudson, Richard Pool and Ralph Tuck. Agriculture Extension Agent Rebekah Slabach also accompanied the delegation.

RICHMOND — The General Assembly ended Sunday, but the scandals facing top state officials still linger at the Capitol, and groups are calling for action.

RICHMOND — Traffic safety advocates are upset by the surprise defeat of legislation that would have prohibited motorists in Virginia from holding their cellphones while driving.

Every state in America, and at least nine countries — that is how far the story of Tommie, a dog tied to a pole and set on fire, traveled as people rallied for his survival and donated money for his treatment.

RICHMOND — Virginia has joined a coalition of 15 other states to challenge President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and to block the diversion of congressional funding to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

After clearing the House of Delegates last week, a proposed bill to raise the local sales tax in Halifax County to generate revenue for a new high school is headed to the Senate Finance Committee early this week, where it will be decided whether county voters will have the opportunity to est…

RICHMOND — Legislation making its way through the General Assembly would raise the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21, drawing mixed reactions from young adults who would be affected by the new law.

Applications for Crisis Assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program (EAP) are being accepted through Friday, March 15.

The Virginia State Police Safety Division is rolling out a newly-designed vehicle safety approval inspection sticker that now includes a traffic safety message.

RICHMOND — Tension filled the room Wednesday as a House subcommittee voted to kill a bill that would have let localities decide whether to remove or modify Confederate monuments in their jurisdictions.

There is one big difference to individual income tax filing in Virginia this year. Although people can start filing their individual income taxes on Monday, Virginia Tax will not be able to start processing returns immediately, as the Virginia General Assembly determines the commonwealth’s r…

Democrats could have a better shot picking up seats in this year’s legislative elections under a redistricting map that a U.S. District Court has selected for the Virginia House of Delegates.

The city of Danville Transit System will hold a public information meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Washington-Coleman Community Center Library located at 1927 Jeffress Boulevard in South Boston. The public is invited to attend and to provide comments on the proposed regional bus ser…

RICHMOND — A Senate bill that would have raised Virginia’s minimum wage is dead — much to the dismay of more than two dozen advocates who braved the cold to rally for the bill Monday morning.

The House of Delegates on Tuesday is expected to pass the first five bills in a package of legislation to improve school safety — proposals drafted by a special committee after the mass shooting last year at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Members of the General Assembly from Bristol, Portsmouth and Danville urged their colleagues Monday to approve legislation to allow casino gambling in those cities. They said the plan would create jobs and boost the economy.