In Virginia, Bob McDonnell's priest says the former governor is hopeful that an appeals court will overturn his conviction for public corruption.
McDonnell was supposed to report to a federal prison a week from Monday. But now that's not happening, thanks to a ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now those closest to the governor say McDonnell is hoping that ruling is an indication of things to come.
In Richmond, members of the General Assembly are moving forward with the plan to change high school graduation requirements. The bill is part of a larger effort to reduce the influence of standardized tests.
The House Education Committee is moving forward with a bill that would give local school divisions more flexibility in how they determine graduation requirements. The idea is to let administrators ditch standardized tests in favor of other assessments, like a science project or a research essay.
Virginia lawmakers have been mulling over a series of gun bills-and only one gun-control measure has survived a Senate Committee. While the bill has lost some of its teeth, its sponsor says it nevertheless makes progress in the fight against domestic violence.
Senator Barbara Favola's bill was originally defeated. But a Senate Committee reconsidered it and passed a watered-down version that was sent to the Finance panel.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the state will give $1.7 million to save 14 properties -- farms, forests, wildlife habitat and historic areas rather than allow them to be developed. That adds 5,700 acres to Virginia’s conserved lands.