The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research is partnering with the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech to launch a Controlled Environment Agricultu…

RICHMOND — A coalition advocating for immigrant rights said they don’t want promises anymore, they want long overdue legislation passed. The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights met Wednesday to push for two bills; one to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license and the …

RICHMOND — Virginia Commonwealth University issued a warning for students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors of the VCU Medical Center to remain “vigilant and aware of their surroundings” on Monday during the Capitol Lobby Day.

RICHMOND — Three bills that will prohibit firearm possession in public spaces, limit monthly handgun purchases and require background checks for firearm transfers passed the state Senate on Thursday, marking the first of stronger gun-control legislation proposed by the new Democratic majorit…

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Wednesday in advance of expected demonstrations on gun rights on Capitol Square in Richmond on Monday.

RICHMOND — The National Rifle Association and hundreds of Second Amendment supporters flocked Monday to the State Capitol, voicing their opposition to proposed gun control bills in the Democrat controlled General Assembly.

RICHMOND — Representatives from various advocacy groups spoke at a press conference Friday to express support for a list of bills concerning criminal justice reform and to promote an upcoming rally at the State Capitol for incarcerated people and their families.

RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam delivered the State of the Commonwealth address to the General Assembly Wednesday evening. The governor outlined key parts of his proposed budget and announced legislative priorities on what he called a “historic night.”

Virginia State Parks are recruiting outgoing, adventure-seeking, hard-working people to serve as 2020 crew leaders in the Youth Conservation Corps program.

Jen Soering and Elizabeth Haysom received parole last month after serving 30 years in state prison for the sensational murder of Haysom’s parents in 1985.

Now that Democrats have won control of the General Assembly, decriminalization of marijuana could pass in the legislative session that begins in January. This would mean reducing the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil violation like a traf…

On a Friday night in October, Katelyn Tilts was walking to a convenience store with a group of friends when she saw headlights coming at her.

Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion Friday concluding the resolutions passed by localities across Virginia — including Halifax County — declaring themselves exempt from new gun safety laws that the General Assembly may enact have “no legal effect.”

“We do grams, eighths, quarters, half ounces, pounds, wholesale pounds — however you want it,” Jacob Stretch said, standing between crates of dried hemp in his living room that doubles as his hemp processing and drying facility. Stretch, owner of Chesapeake Blue, just finished his first seas…

With the 2019-2020 flu season underway, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) encourages all Virginians age 6 months and older who haven’t received their annual influenza vaccine to get one now. State health officials gathered Friday to highlight the importance of the vaccine and to receiv…

More Americans are working from home, and that’s especially true in Virginia and in the Washington, D.C., metro area, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

From the first Thanksgiving at Virginia’s Berkeley Hundred plantation in 1619, Virginians have gathered to give thanks and enjoy family, friends and fun during the holiday. Special time together can continue past the last slice of pie with a visit to Virginia State Parks.

Earlier this month Democrats elected a new House of Delegates leadership team as the party took control of the chamber for the first time since 1999. 

After Democrats seized control of the General Assembly on Election Day and proceeded to vote on key leadership positions, Republicans began meeting behind closed doors and mulling over who will steer their party forward.

Due to recent rain and reduced wildfire potential, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has lifted the statewide drought watch advisory issued on Oct. 11 that included all 13 of the Drought Evaluation Regions within the commonwealth.

Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is currently accepting applications for fuel assistance online and at all local departments of social services through Friday, Nov. 8.

Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) is joining with the Virginia State Police (VSP) and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office to encourage youth and teens to make good choices and celebrate responsibly as part of the statewide Halloween Safety …

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.