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.

Virginians are divided on whether they would support legislation to train schoolteachers and administrators to be armed on school grounds, according to a poll conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) mobile operations’ schedule for 2019 is now available at dmvNOW.com/DMV2Go. Eleven mobile teams are bringing DMV service to all corners of the commonwealth at locations and times convenient to customers.

More than 200,000 Virginia adults are now enrolled and will have health coverage starting Jan. 1. The achievement marks a major milestone in the Medicaid expansion initiative approved last summer, according to Governor Ralph Northam.

The “Steer Into The New Year- Buckle Up and Drive Safely” holiday campaign has kicked off at schools across the commonwealth including Halifax County High School with a goal to keep teen drivers and passengers safe during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

As millions of Virginians take to the roads this Thanksgiving to celebrate the holiday with family, Virginia State Police urges motorists to slow down and keep their focus on the road so everyone makes it safely to the holiday table.

Dr. Betty Jo Foster has been named as the interim president of Danville Community College (DCC), effective at the beginning of 2019, Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  

Starting Monday, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering Virginians the option to upgrade their current Virginia driver’s license or identification card to a REAL ID compliant credential.

State Senator Frank Ruff (R-Mecklenburg County) has been elected to chair the Major Economic Investment Commission (MEI). The commission acts to oversee Virginia’s economic development efforts that exceed $10 million dollars or that might affect future budgets.  

Governor Ralph Northam on Monday signed a proclamation calling the members of the Virginia General Assembly into special session on Thursday, Aug. 30, for the purpose of redrawing districts of the Virginia House of Delegates.

In a news conference held Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles joined with local and state police to preview the upcoming period of increased enforcement to combat the rise in drunk driving deaths during Labor Day weekend.

All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles customer service centers will be closed on Saturday to enable the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) to move the state’s mainframe services to a new supplier’s location.

The number of people ages 15 to 20 who died not wearing seat belts during motor vehicle crashes doubled from Jan. 1 through June 30 compared to the same time period last year.

The Virginia Lottery completed its best year ever, with record sales of $2.14 billion and profits topping $600 million for the first time.

Fourth of July 2018 marked a busy holiday for Virginia State Police when it came to arresting impaired drivers and citing speeding motorists. In addition, a total of three fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Augusta, Culpeper and Northampton during the two-day, holiday, statistical cou…

Virginia Republicans will hold their primary election Tuesday to select the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate to run against Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine in the Nov. 6 general election.