Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET

The city of Richmond, Va., was under a state of emergency Monday as thousands of gun ownership enthusiasts and armed militia members gathered at the Virginia State Capitol for a rally aimed at quashing new gun restrictions. Gov. Ralph Northam temporarily banned weapons from Capitol grounds ahead of the demonstration, which appeared to end peacefully.

The Richmond gun rally drew a wide range of people, from staunch believers that the Second Amendment guarantees wide access to guns to religious leaders calling for peace.

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A Virginia county would like to say how well it's done in providing broadband but the supervisors don't know and can't find out. And medical marijuana production will soon be underway in Southwest Virginia.

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Lawmakers are considering a bill to make menstrual products available at all schools in Virginia.

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Richmond, state and capitol police are all preparing for a busy day Monday, as thousands are expected to descend on the state capitol.

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Press freedom and access to information are issues that might get more traction this year now that Democrats have taken control of the General Assembly.

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Friday is a state holiday, Lee-Jackson Day, honoring Confederate leaders. But, this year may be the last one it’s on the calendar.

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET

Amid much pomp and circumstance, the Senate took some of its first steps on Thursday to prepare for next week's impeachment trial of President Trump, just the third such trial in Senate history.

Chief Justice John Roberts, having crossed First Street from the Supreme Court building over to the Capitol, joined senators in the chamber and then was sworn in by Senate President pro tempore Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Roberts will preside over the trial.

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This year in Richmond there are 23 African American lawmakers serving in the General Assembly. While that number is the largest in recent history, it isn’t record-breaking. 

 

Here’s a look at the story of black lawmakers in Virginia, and how the Legislative Black Caucus plans to continue their legacy.

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State officials say there are credible threats of violence related to Monday’s gun rights rally in Richmond.

Governor Ralph Northam has issued a temporary state of emergency for the area around the capitol building starting Friday night.  Weapons and firearms will be banned from the area through Tuesday night.

Michael Pope

Democrats in the General Assembly are planning to move forward with a number of bills designed to help workers. But, those efforts will have serious opposition.

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