Alex Thorson, 8News WRIC Richmond

Alex Thorson

8News WRIC Richmond

Richmond, VA, United States

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Past articles by Alex:

Virginia parents divided over mask mandates as Gov. Youngkin signs new law

Virginia parents have mixed feelings about a new law signed Wednesday allowing them to opt out of school mask mandates. → Read More

Friend of GRTC bus shooting victim to killer still on the run: ‘You will get your karma’

On Thursday, the Richmond Police Department released new video showing the moments leading up to an unsolved homicide from November 2021. RPD is now asking for the public’s help in finding the person who shot and killed a man on a GRTC bus. → Read More

Want cash for guns? Richmond’s Mayor Stoney announces new Gun Buy Back program

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Mayor Levar Stoney is announcing a new Gun Buy Back program in Richmond. The city is using $500,000 in federal COVID relief funds to pay for the program. Stoney said tackling city violence, means taking more guns off the streets. He said that last year officials confiscated nearly 1,000 guns, 547 […] → Read More

Send in the ‘violence interrupters’: Richmond’s new plans to combat gun crime

The city of Richmond is announcing new measures to fight gun violence, including hiring so-called “violence interrupters.” → Read More

Legal analyst: Miyares student vaccine opinion gives momentum, but no promises to possible lawsuits

After the opinion was issued Friday, some schools have begun reacting to it. A VCU spokesperson said the university is “reviewing the opinion to determine how it affects VCU students, particularly those students in hospital and clinical settings.” → Read More

Richmond short $1 billion in fight against flooding

Virginia is getting federal assistance to overhaul its water infrastructure, but the funding is unlikely to be enough for Richmond, which needs $1.3 billion to fix an aging sewer system. → Read More

Petersburg High School still struggling to keep classrooms warm

Petersburg High School parents and teachers are still complaining of extremely cold classrooms after a heat pump burst earlier this month. Temperatures were so frigid, students were sent home for three weeks of virtual learning until coming back this week. → Read More

Chesterfield County schools keep universal masking – for now

Chesterfield County Public Schools will keep its policy of universal masking in place for the time being, but promised to revisit the policy soon. → Read More

On his first full day in office, Youngkin leads state through icy winter storm

The governor said he’s feeling confident that salting the roads will be effective during this storm. “We think with the way this weather pattern is working where it’s snowing first, The temperature of all the highways has come up so we feel really good about that.” → Read More

Sen. Warner: Ransomware attackers gained system access months before December attack

A month after the ransomware attack hit Virginia’s Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS), Sen. Mark Warner said he still doesn’t know who carried out the attack at a briefing on Friday. → Read More

Power companies, VDOT ‘preparing for the worst’ ahead of expected winter storm

On the heels of last week’s severe winter storm, agencies across the state are preparing for the possibility of round two this weekend. → Read More

Dr. Danny Avula stepping down from state vaccine coordinator role

He was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2020, but was initially only planning to carry the role for a handful of months. Dr. Avula told 8News Friday he is in the process of returning to his post leading RHHD. → Read More

Richmond family’s apartment flooded with sewage, says complex could have prevented mess

A family in Richmond is struggling to recover after a wastewater flood inside their apartment caused them to have to throw away bags full of their belongings. → Read More

Local car mechanic addresses rise in catalytic convertor thefts

Richmond police are looking for a man who they say stole a truck’s catalytic converter late last month. It is just one of many recent thefts, with the number of converters stolen rising sharply in Virginia and across the country. → Read More

‘Never leave our hearts’: Family of 9-year-old killed in Richmond quadruple shooting speaks at candlelight vigil

On Thursday evening, more than 100 people gathered at Short Pump Elementary School to mourn Abdul Bani-Ahmad, the 9-year-old boy killed in Friday night's quadruple shooting. → Read More

Stoney criticizes RPS vaccine mandate reversal: ‘this is a serious misstep’

On Monday night, the Richmond School Board voted to stop disciplining staff who didn't comply with its vaccine mandate put in place earlier this year, citing concerns with staffing shortages. → Read More

Jason Miyares lays out team that will help him transition into Attorney General role

The Attorney General-elect laid out his entire transition team on Thursday. The group includes former elected officials, commonwealth’s attorneys, sheriffs and community leaders. → Read More

Why the difference between a COVID vaccine ‘booster’ and ‘third dose’ matters

Thousands of Virginians have already received their COVID-19 booster shots. While people head into pharmacies and vaccination clinics to get their shots, some getting the Moderna vaccine may be offered a third dose instead of a booster shot-- and there is a difference. → Read More

Henrico Police sounding alarm after two fatal crashes within 12 hours

The Henrico Police Department is sounding the alarm after two people have died in vehicle crashes that were within 12 hours of each other. → Read More

Still need a costume? Local Halloween stores say ‘you gotta get it now’ as supply shortages cut options

Costumes are flying off the shelves in the Richmond area — but local costume stores are still missing large portions of merchandise ordered. → Read More