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Barring Executive Action, Local Elections in Virginia Will Go Forward in May

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Dozens of elections across Virginia are scheduled to take place a few days from now. As Michael Pope reports, efforts to move those elections have failed.

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Some State Democrats Want May Elections to Take Place in June Instead of November

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Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond for a General Assembly with social distancing. One issue that could become a flashpoint is what happens to local elections. Michael Pope reports.

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Monday: Deaths from COVID-19 Reach 300 in Virginia; State Forms Testing Work Group

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In an afternoon news briefing, Governor Ralph Northam announced the formation of a COVID-19 testing work group. The group will be made up of state health officials, as well as representatives from private and community health care providers. Nick Gilmore has details.

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Virginia COVID-19 Cases Jump to 7,491, Northam says Economic Reopening is Tied to Case Data

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The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Virginia jumped to 7,491 Friday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.  That’s an increase of 602, the largest daily increase since the health department began reporting the data. Nick Gilmore has details from Governor Ralph Northam’s April 17th briefing.

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Opponents of Stay-At-Home Orders Rally at Virginia Capitol

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Even as confirmed deaths from COVID-19 rose above 200 today in Virginia, a few dozen people gathered on Capitol Square to protest Governor Ralph Northam’s stay at home orders. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and has this report.

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Northam Extends Executive Order Closing Entertainment and Recreational Businesses By Two Weeks

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During a press conference Wednesday, Governor Ralph Northam said social distancing is working, and because of that, the state is flattening the curve of COVID-19. But, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the governor is continuing an executive order closing many businesses across the Commonwealth.

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A Look at What to Expect from the General Assembly Next Week

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Lawmakers will return to Richmond next week for what’s called a reconvene session, although this one will be done in the age of social distancing. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Lawsuit Could Free Some State Prisoners

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Governor Northam has announced plans to free about 2,000 inmates who are scheduled for release from state prisons within the next year.  They must pose no threat to public safety and have good prison records.  About 28,000 more will remain behind bars – even if they’re disabled or have medical conditions putting them at high risk for death if they were to catch COVID-19.  Meanwhile, a federal lawsuit may mean freedom for others as Sandy Hausman reports.

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Congressional Response: Virginia’s Delegation and Their Efforts to Combat the Virus

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Virginia lawmakers aren’t in Washington these days, but they’re working overtime to assist constituents in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

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Many Localities Across Virginia Facing Tough Budget Decisions Thanks to COVID-19

virginia_flag_map_0Local governments across Virginia are now reassessing their budgets for the coming year. Michael Pope has this report on what to expect.

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State Officials Want Better Racial Demographic Information on COVID-19 Cases

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Is the pandemic hitting the African-American community harder in Virginia? As Michael Pope reports, the data on that is missing – for now.

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Northam Suggests Moving May Elections, Pushes Back June Primaries

VDH_logo12 additional Virginia residents have died of COVID-19.

The latest numbers from the Virginia Department of Health also shows more than 300 additional cases, for a total of 3,645. Mallory Noe-Payne has more details.

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Voting in a Pandemic: Should Virginia Move to Mail-In Ballots?

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Should election officials in Virginia move to a system of mail-in ballots? The pandemic is raising new questions about how ballots are cast. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam: Virginians Should Wear Face Masks While in Public

VDH_logoVirginia’s reported COVID-19 case count grew by more than 800 over the weekend. And deaths caused by the illness increased to 54. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Shedding New Light on Collective Bargaining Debate

virginia_flag_map_0Governor Ralph Northam is now considering a huge number of bills on his desk, even as he navigates the state’s response to coronavirus. Michael Pope has this report about one issue that’s being hotly debated now.

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Virginia Prosecutors Face Deadlines Despite Judicial Emergency

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Any one charged with a crime in Virginia is entitled to a speedy trial. But, as Michael Pope reports, a speedy trial in the age of coronavirus is proving to be a challenge.

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Wednesday Update: Northam says Virginia Peak Coming in Late April to Late May

VDH_logoGovernor Ralph Northam said models suggest COVID-19 cases in Virginia will peak in late April to late May. In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Northam continued to warn that Virginia’s fight against the illness will last months, not weeks. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

 

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Should Northam Reconsider Renewable Energy Legislation in Light of Pandemic?

General Assembly 2020Governor Ralph Northam is now considering hundreds of bills that were passed by lawmakers before the health and economic crisis. Michael Pope reports on one bill that some are asking the governor to rethink.

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COVID-19 Could Stir New Debate Over Virginia’s Minimum Wage

general_assembly_2020Governor Ralph Northam isn’t just dealing with the pandemic. He’s also considering hundreds of bills lawmakers sent to him last month. And, the economic crisis is shining a new light on one potentially critical decision. Michael Pope reports.

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Monday: Virginia Tops 1,000 COVID-19 Cases, Northam Issues “Stay at Home” Order

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Governor Ralph Northam ordered all Virginians to stay at home as COVID-19 cases passed the 1,000 mark Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne has further details.

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Forecasting the Pandemic’s Impact on the Virginia Economy

forecastAs unemployment claims mount, many people are worried about the future of the Virginia economy. Michael Pope reports about some potential light at the end of the tunnel.

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Harvard Global Health Institution Projection Shows Virginia Needs More Hospital Bed Capacity

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Is Virginia ready for the potential crush of new patients that may be streaming into hospitals across the Commonwealth? Michael Pope takes a look at the numbers.

You can find more information about the Harvard Global Health Institute projections here.

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Tuesday Update: Two Deaths in Henrico County, First Case in NRV

VDH_logoThe Virginia Department of Health reported at least 290 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, including the first in the New River Valley. The Henrico County Health Department also reported two deaths there. Mallory Noe-Payne has more from Governor Ralph Northam’s press briefing Tuesday.

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State Leaders Working to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Virginia’s Prisons and Jails

StateSeal00State leaders have provided prison and jail officials with guidance on preventing the virus’ spread within the state’s correctional system. Nick Gilmore has details.

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Despite Economic Concerns Related to COVID-19, Lawmakers Pass Budget

general_assembly_2020Lawmakers in Richmond gaveled out Thursday on what’s been a historic legislative session. It was the first time Democrats were in charge of the process since the early 1990’s. The final item on their to do list was to pass the state’s two year budget. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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