Governor Northam unveils statewide COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system
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Governor Northam unveils statewide COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system

Virginians can use vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA to pre-register for the vaccine and get clear, updated information Governor Ralph Northam invited Virginians today, Feb. 18, to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine online at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA. The Commonwealth’s new, centralized system allows individuals to easily pre-register for the free vaccine, confirm that they … Continue reading

Governor Northam announces $524 Million in new funding for Virginia Rent Relief Program
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Governor Northam announces $524 Million in new funding for Virginia Rent Relief Program

~ Federal stimulus funds available to help landlords and tenants impacted by COVID-19 pandemic ~ ARLINGTON—Governor Ralph Northam today announced $524 million in new federal funding to help keep Virginia families in their homes amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) is funded through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program included … Continue reading

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Two Virginia teen Democratic and Republican organizations achieve bipartisan success with passage of bill for students

by Siera Jones The Commonwealth of Virginia has passed an historic bill granting students excused absences to participate in protests and lobbying events. This legislation in both the House of Representatives and the Senate is a result of bipartisan lobbying efforts by both the Virginia Young Democrats Teen Caucus and the Teenage Republican Federation of … Continue reading

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Norfolk State to receive $105 thousand as part of equity grant to Virginia

~ Funding will support ongoing efforts across the Commonwealth to improve postsecondary success for students of color ~ RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced today, Feb. 9, that the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) was awarded a grant of $725,000 from Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation to support efforts to advance equitable post-secondary outcomes across the … Continue reading

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2021 Va. Festival of the Book to take place virtually in March

November 19, 2020—Charlottesville, Va.—A program of Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Festival of the Book announced plans for the 27th annual Festival, which will take place virtually, March 13-26, 2021. In response to COVID-19, the 2021 Festival will take place over an elongated period of time—two weeks—and will continue its commitment to connecting people and ideas … Continue reading

Governor and First Lady Northam test positive for COVID-19
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Governor and First Lady Northam test positive for COVID-19

RICHMOND, Sept. 25, 2020—On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Both the Governor and First Lady received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon, … Continue reading

Governor Northam announces expansion of payment relief for student loan borrowers
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Governor Northam announces expansion of payment relief for student loan borrowers

~ Borrowers are encouraged to contact their loan servicer immediately ~ Governor Ralph Northam announced April 29 that Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. The payment relief is the result of a new initiative by Virginia and several other states to work with the major private student … Continue reading

Virginia receives Major Disaster Declaration from federal government for COVID-19
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Virginia receives Major Disaster Declaration from federal government for COVID-19

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam  announced April 2 that Virginia has received a Major Disaster Declaration to aid in the Commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Governor Northam requested this federal disaster assistance on Monday, March 30. A Major Disaster Declaration designation provides federal public assistance for all areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia affected by … Continue reading

Virginia governor orders statewide closure of certain non-essential businesses, K-12 schools
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Virginia governor orders statewide closure of certain non-essential businesses, K-12 schools

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide order March 23 to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the … Continue reading

Governor Northam orders all Virginia K-12 schools closed for minimum of two weeks
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Governor Northam orders all Virginia K-12 schools closed for minimum of two weeks

~ Statewide closure intended to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus ~ RICHMOND—On March 13, Governor Ralph Northam ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Schools will close from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, at … Continue reading

Governor Northam outlines plans for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Governor Northam outlines plans for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

~ Virginia has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of March 4 ~ RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced March 4 that state officials are executing longstanding public health plans in response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Virginia currently has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, and state officials are continuously monitoring the virus worldwide. Governor Northam, joined … Continue reading

Governor Northam encourages Virginians to honor Black History Month
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Governor Northam encourages Virginians to honor Black History Month

~ Numerous events statewide to recognize tremendous African American contributions ~ Governor Ralph Northam made the following statement on Black History Month, which is celebrated nationwide during February. “For too long, the stories we have told about Virginia’s history have diminished or ignored the contributions of African Americans. Black History Month is just one way … Continue reading

Virginians advised to finalize preparations for Hurricane Dorian and take shelter
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Virginians advised to finalize preparations for Hurricane Dorian and take shelter

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam advised Virginians today, Sept. 5, to finalize their preparations and take shelter as Hurricane Dorian impacts Virginia overnight tonight and throughout Friday. Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) officials and partners have worked since last week preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in southeastern and coastal Virginia. Virginians in coastal areas … Continue reading

National Weather Service issues hurricane alert for Norfolk and surrounding area, expects similar track to Matthew
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National Weather Service issues hurricane alert for Norfolk and surrounding area, expects similar track to Matthew

Hurricane Dorian remains a dangerous hurricane and is expected to move up the Southeast US coast today, approaching the North Carolina coast Thursday and Friday. There is still some uncertainty regarding the exact forecast track, but significant impacts are expected across eastern Virginia and Eastern North Carolina. Regardless, this is a very large system and … Continue reading

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Governor Northam announces improvements to emergency plans for hurricanes and other natural disasters

~ Updates enhance coordination, outline state agency responsibilities to support emergency operations in the Commonwealth ~ RICHMOND—On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Governor Ralph Northam issued the new Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Operations Plan (COVEOP), which lays out improvements to policies and plans for responding to hurricanes or other major natural disasters in Virginia. With the peak … Continue reading

Norfolk State mourns the passing of Dr. Harrison B. Wilson
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Norfolk State mourns the passing of Dr. Harrison B. Wilson

July 29, 2019 Dear Members of the Norfolk State University Community, The Spartan family mourns the loss of one of its stalwart champions. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of former Norfolk State University President, Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson, who led our fine institution from 1975-1997. Dr. Wilson died on July 28 … Continue reading

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Virginia announces approval of new teacher education degrees and programs statewide

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday, June 24, that the state policy boards for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education have approved 53 new teacher preparation programs and 25 new degrees that will allow graduates to become teachers after earning four-year degrees in education. “We must remain focused on meeting the growing needs of our public education … Continue reading

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Norfolk and Virginia officials issue statement about Virginia Beach

Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander’s statement on the Virginia Beach tragedy. “Today’s heartbreaking tragedy has spread grief throughout the region. We have lost loved ones, family, friends, colleagues, and souls committed to excellence in public service, and there are many whose lives will be forever changed by this event. “In the moments to come as … Continue reading

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Two Norfolk State students to participate in 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program

Governor Ralph Northam announced the 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program participants on Friday, May 10. First created by former Governor Chuck Robb in 1982, the program offers rising college seniors, graduating seniors, and graduate students an opportunity to gain valuable, firsthand experience working under Cabinet secretaries and alongside staff in the Office of the Governor. “Every … Continue reading