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Virginia's New Republican Governor Making Waves
Virginia's New Republican
Governor Making Waves
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Virginia's New Republican Governor Making Waves

He angers Democrats, pleases Republicans on masks, other issues

(Newser) - When Democrats lost Virginia’s gubernatorial election , they anticipated Republican Glenn Youngkin would move quickly to put his stamp on the blue-leaning state. Youngkin is indeed making many waves during his first days in office, and Republicans are thrilled. Coverage:
  • Masks: Upon taking office this month, Youngkin lifted the state'

10 Best, Worst States to Retire In
This Is the Best
State for Retirees

This Is the Best State for Retirees

Surprise! Florida comes in at No. 1 in WalletHub rankings

(Newser) - Figuring out what to do once you retire can be a challenge, including where you put down roots to ride out your golden years. WalletHub looked at nearly four dozen metrics across all 50 states, in three main categories: affordability, which looks at everything from the cost of living and...

Mom's Remarks Over Face Masks Lead to Charges

Amelia King at Thursday school board meeting in Va.: 'I will bring every single gun loaded'

(Newser) - A Virginia mom who insists she wasn't trying to threaten anyone with her remarks at a local school board meeting this week has been charged. CBS News reports that on Thursday, the board for Page County Schools convened a special meeting to vote on Gov. Glenn Youngkin's recent...

Southern States Brace for 'Crippling' Winter Storm

Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas have all declared states of emergency on storm set for this weekend

(Newser) - A major winter storm is headed toward the South, leading four states so far to declare states of emergency. The storm system has already dumped several inches of snow on the central United States and is set to make its way toward the southeast Saturday into Sunday morning, leading to...

Family Points Finger at Cops After Man Dies in Snowstorm

Family of Jacob Whaley, 34, says Louisa County Sheriff's Office in Va. could've done more to find him

(Newser) - The body of a Virginia dad whose vehicle got stuck in a snowstorm has been found, and his family is now demanding answers from local law enforcement as to why he wasn't rescued in time. As motorists in the state were stranded in severe winter weather last week on...

Uber Rider Stuck for 14 Hours Gets $700 Fare Dropped

Passenger receives a refund after disputing surcharge

(Newser) - Thousands of people were stuck in their cars on I-95 in Virginia this week, but most of them didn't have the added joy of paying by the minute. Andrew Peters summoned Uber to take him from Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia to Richmond on Monday night, NBC reports....

Hundreds of Motorists Rescued After Being Stuck Overnight on I-95

And the train that was also stuck finally reached its destination

(Newser) - Update: All of the motorists stranded on I-95 amid a winter storm had been rescued by Tuesday night, the Guardian reports. Some of them had been stuck on the highway for more than a full day, including Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who details his 27-hour ordeal to CNN . The Richmond ...

Amtrak Train Stuck for More Than a Day in Virginia Storm

Downed trees force more than 200 to hunker down

(Newser) - Stranded drivers on Interstate-95 in Virginia aren't the only travelers having a nightmare experience. An Amtrak train with more than 200 people aboard has been stuck in Virginia's stormy weather for more than a day. The train left New Orleans on Sunday but got stuck north of Lynchburg,...

He Went to Get Chocolate Milk for His Kids, Won Big

Virginia's Dennis Willoughby scoops up $1M lottery jackpot after 7-Eleven run

(Newser) - A Virginia dad who made a chocolate milk run for his kids came home with a lot more than cow juice. According to Virginia Lottery official s, Dennis Willoughby headed over to his local 7-Eleven in Richmond last month to pick up the beverage for his young ones, but while...

2nd Time Likely the Charm for Time Capsule Found in Robert E. Lee Statue
Books, Ammo Found in
Lee Statue Time Capsule

Books, Ammo Found in Lee Statue Time Capsule

This one was the right box, experts say

(Newser) - Update: Dozens of Civil War-era artifacts were recovered Tuesday from an 1887 time capsule found in a pedestal that once held a statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. Conservators say they recovered books, buttons, Confederate money, and Minie balls, a type of ammunition, from the copper box, the...

Virginia Road Closed Due to Sleeping Bears

They were spotted napping in a tree on Bruin Drive

(Newser) - Officials in Virginia closed a road in a Chesapeake neighborhood after a mother bear and three cubs were spotted napping in a tree. Chesapeake Animal Services asked residents near the tree—on Bruin Drive—to stay inside Monday and the general public to stay away from the area, the AP...

With Removal of Statue Comes Rare Find
With Removal of Statue
Comes Rare Find

With Removal of Statue Comes Rare Find

Crews working to take down a Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond discovered a time capsule

(Newser) - Update: Inside the base of a Robert E. Lee statue recently taken down in Richmond, Virginia, were books and other texts, a coin, and an envelope. Conservators chipped the time capsule out of the granite box Tuesday, and preservationists unsealed it Wednesday, NPR reports. Inside, they found just a fraction...

Virginia Police May Have Found a Serial Killer

Police arrested a man they call the 'shopping cart kller'

(Newser) - Virginia police say they may have caught a serial killer. Harrisonburg police arrested Anthony Robinson in November and charged him with murder after finding two bodies. On Friday, Fairfax County police said they’d found two more bodies, and called Robinson the “shopping cart killer,” the AP reports....

He Admits to a Dozen Museum Heists, Gets Day in Jail

Pennsylvania's Thomas Gavin helped trace stolen firearms after confession

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man will spend exactly one day in jail after admitting to stealing historic artifacts from more than a dozen museums in at least four states. Montgomery County's Thomas Gavin busted into museums along the US East Coast in the 1960s and '70s, taking mostly antique firearms,...

Youngkin's 17-Year-Old Son Twice Tried to Vote

County officials say no election laws were broken

(Newser) - Glenn Youngkin's fears about election integrity have been vindicated, at least in the case of one would-be voter. Someone in Virginia tried to cast a vote Tuesday who wasn't eligible—the candidate's son. Voters have to be at least 18 years old to vote in the state,...

Biden: GOP Victories at Voting Booth Not My Fault

'People are upset and uncertain about a lot of things,' president says

(Newser) - President Biden appeared to reject the idea that his administration or party is to blame for the surprising outcome of Virginia's gubernatorial race and other GOP victories during Tuesday's elections. Asked at the White House on Wednesday "how much responsibility" he takes for the "dismal" results...

7 Reactions to Youngkin's Stunning Virginia Win
7 Reactions to
Youngkin's Stunning
Win in Virginia

7 Reactions to Youngkin's Stunning Win in Virginia

And what it could mean for Democrats, particularly next year

(Newser) - Reactions started pouring in almost immediately after Republican Glenn Youngkin won Virginia's gubernatorial race Tuesday in a race that turned out much worse for Democrats than most people expected:
  • "Ominous": That's the word Andrew Prokop uses at Vox , saying this is just one such sign for the

Glenn Youngkin Wins Tight Virginia Governor's Race

The AP has called the race

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated after the race was called. Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin were locked in a tight race for Virginia governor Tuesday night, the most closely watched contest in an off-year election that could prove a referendum on President Biden’s first year in...

Trump Plans Rally as Va. GOP Candidate Distances Himself

Glenn Youngkin has not emphasized his ties to the former president

(Newser) - Donald Trump is going to rally for Glenn Youngkin and his gubernatorial campaign in Virginia—whether Youngkin wants him to or not. Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic governor, has been running his race—and it’s a tight one —with a lot of emphasis on his opponent’s ties...

Virginia Polls Vary, but All Show Youngkin Gaining

Fox has Republican up 8 points over McAuliffe, though other results show a tighter race

(Newser) - The most recent polls in the Virginia governor's race show Republican Glenn Youngkin closing ground on Democrat Terry McAuliffe—if not already ahead—as the campaigns reach final days. A Fox News poll taken early last week is by far the most encouraging for Youngkin, showing him up 53%-45%...

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