Month: July 2020

Northam imposes new rules for Hampton Roads as virus cases mount

July 29, 2020

Gov. Ralph Northam met with White House official Dr. Deborah Birx Tuesday morning to discuss mounting COVID-19 cases in Virginia. (Governor’s Office) By Kate Masters (VM) – It started with a scolding — and a vow to crack down on businesses that weren’t following the state’s safety orders. Now, with cases rising throughout many parts […]

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In Va., records detailing police misconduct and use of force are effectively secret

July 28, 2020

By Ned Oliver (VM) – The White state trooper leaned into the Black driver’s car. “You are going to get your ass whooped,” he said before pulling the man from the car and making good on his promise. Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle offered a swift condemnation of the behavior when video of the […]

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‘Defelonize’ assaults on cops. What that means.

July 24, 2020

By Graham Moomaw (VM) – Flying onion rings may be the stuff of cafeteria food fights. But in Virginia, they can mean prison time if you hit a cop. A young Hispanic woman learned that the hard way in late 2013 when she encountered a group of police officers one night at a Northern Virginia […]

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City, state break ground on new transportation center

July 22, 2020

The city of Newport News, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) broke ground on a new transportation center on July 21. The center is expected to bring the city’s public transportation and passenger rail infrastructure into the 21st century. Construction begins this summer with the […]

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Settlement in HOME case alleging POC were disproportionately excluded in housing applications

July 22, 2020

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME), along with two plaintiffs recently settled their complaint against Kay Management Company and its associated entities regarding the criminal background screening policy that Kay Management applied at their properties across Virginia. HOME, along with Mara Kniaz and Kuir Phillips, filed their complaint to challenge the allegedly disproportionate and […]

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In memoriam: John Lewis, an American hero and moral leader

July 18, 2020

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA – Born in 1940, John Lewis, the son of a sharecropper, helped to lead America out of an era of racism. Through his activism and bravery, Lewis carried the moral authority that few other leaders in U.S. history could claim.  On July 17, he died in Atlanta on the same […]

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Va. becomes first state to mandate COVID-19 precautions in all workplaces

July 18, 2020

By Ned Oliver VM- Social distancing and other precautions against COVID-19 will soon be mandatory in workplaces around Virginia under emergency pandemic safety regulations finalized Wednesday. The new rules, proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam and adopted by the state’s Safety and Health Codes Board over strenuous objections from business groups, make Virginia the first state […]

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Kaine predicts win in effort to rename bases that honor Confederates

July 15, 2020

Sen. Tim Kaine By Allison Stevens WASHINGTON (VM)— Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine is preparing for battle with President Donald Trump over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and he’s expecting to win. In an interview with, Kaine said he believes the GOP-controlled Senate would override a possible presidential veto of a defense policy […]

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Judge upholds most of new law requiring background checks for all Va. gun sales

July 15, 2020

Attendees at a rally in January protest new potential gun restrictions in Virginia. (Ryan M. Kelly) By Graham Moomaw (VM) – A Virginia judge has ruled that most of the state’s new law requiring background checks on all gun sales does not violate constitutional rights, except for a wrinkle that effectively bans people between the […]

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43 inmates at Henrico’s Jail West test positive for COVID-19

July 11, 2020

Sheriff Alisa A. Gregory Forty-three additional inmates at Henrico County’s Jail West have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in mass testing conducted this week after three inmates were diagnosed with the disease. Of the 43 inmates who tested positive, nine are experiencing mild symptoms while the others remain asymptomatic. In addition, 26 inmates and 18 […]

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