Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

Denise Lavoie

The Associated Press

Richmond, VA, United States

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Past articles by Denise:

Alert system for mental health crises advanced by lawmakers

A Virginia Senate committee has approved legislation that would establish an alert system to dispatch mental health providers along with police to help stabilize people in crisis situations. → Read More

Senator: ‘I will be vindicated’ in Confederate monument case

A Virginia state senator charged with damaging a Confederate monument in Portsmouth says that she will beat the case. → Read More

Va. panel approves police reform bill that would ban no-knock warrants, limit chokeholds

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A sweeping police reform bill that would eliminate the use of no-knock warrants, limit the use of chokeholds and make it easier to decertify officers for misconduct won approval from a key Virginia legislative committee Tuesday amid widespread calls for change sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. → Read More

Senator: 'I will be vindicated' in Confederate monument case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state senator charged with damaging a Confederate monument said Tuesday that she will beat the case against her. → Read More

Virginia to consider reducing penalty for assaulting police

Lawmakers will also consider bills to ban the use of police chokeholds and no-knock warrants. → Read More

Virginia to consider reducing penalty for assaulting police

Virginia lawmakers plan to take up dozens of criminal justice reforms during a special legislative session this week, but one proposal in particular is expected to spark an intense battle: a push to change a law that allows police to charge people with felony assault even if the arresting officers are not seriously hurt. A bill by Senate Democrats would downgrade the charge of assault and… → Read More

LIVE: President Trump briefs from the White House

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction. → Read More

LIVE: President Trump briefs from the White House

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction. → Read More

LIVE: President Trump briefs from the White House

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction. → Read More

7-Eleven buys Speedway for $21 billion

7-Eleven already operates 9,800 stores in the United States. → Read More

LIVE: Gov. Pritzker announces new COVID-19 awareness campaign

The governor’s office said the new initiative is to help reduce spread of the coronavirus. → Read More

‘If not now, when?’: Black women seize political spotlight

Black women have long been the heart of the Democratic Party — among the party's most reliable and loyal voters — but for decades that allegiance didn't translate to their own political rise. → Read More

Alabama couple fighting COVID-19 die an hour apart

Tiffany Davis knew that one day she would lose her parents. Never, though, did she imagine losing both on the same day, and never did she imagine they would die from coronavirus. → Read More

Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction. → Read More

Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction. → Read More

Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction. → Read More

Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Putting your child on the bus for the first day of school is always a leap of faith for a parent. Now, on top of the normal worries about teachers → Read More

U.S. Marines ID all 9 people killed in sea-tank sinking

Found at the scene was Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit announced on Sunday that the others, from California, Texas, Wisconsin and Oregon, are “presumed dead.” → Read More

U.S. Marines ID all 9 people killed in sea-tank sinking

Found at the scene was Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit announced on Sunday that the others, from California, Texas, Wisconsin and Oregon, are “presumed dead.” → Read More

Judge decries shooting that killed son, injured husband

A federal judge from New Jersey is publicly speaking out about a shooting at her New Jersey home last month when authorities say a disgruntled lawyer killed her son and seriously wounded her husband. → Read More