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Jury trials resume at Norfolk Circuit Court

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Norfolk Circuit Court has been approved to resume jury trials, effective this Monday. The court’s plan to resume jury trials was one of only five plans in the commonwealth approved by the Virginia Supreme Court. The first jury trial will be held on Monday, Sept. 22. The Virginia Supreme Court […] → Read More

Some Chesapeake Public Schools students to return to campus Monday, educators concerned

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Some Chesapeake Public Schools students will be back in the classroom starting on Monday, Sept. 14. It’s the start of a phased-in approach for in-person learning, but some teachers are concerned it’s too soon. The Chesapeake Education Association held a rally Friday afternoon. CEA said they want kids back on campus, too — […] → Read More

Separate protests converge in downtown Portsmouth following city leaders’ firing, resignation

Two groups participated in separate protests in Portsmouth Tuesday afternoon as tensions increased and city officials stepped off positions. → Read More

Beachgoers celebrate Labor Day weekend at VB Oceanfront as summer season draws to a close

The Virginia Beach Oceanfront is welcoming visitors for the Labor Day weekend. → Read More

Off-duty Virginia police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in January shooting

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — An off-duty Norfolk Police officer has been charged in connection with a deadly shooting in Chesapeake that happened back in January. An investigation was launched after the deadly afternoon shooting in the 2600 block of Bainbridge Boulevard in Chesapeake on Jan. 19. Chesapeake Police announced on Thursday, Aug. 27 that at […] → Read More

Tickets available for the Richmond International Film Festival

The Richmond International Film Festival announced today that tickets are now available for this year's hybrid event. The festival will take place from Sept. 8-13 in-person and online. → Read More

Moviegoers head back to theaters following monthslong coronavirus closure

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — For the first time since March, local theaters are back open for business. AMC Theaters is welcoming back moviegoers since closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I’ve been waiting for this forever,” said Autumn Castillo. After a five-month-long intermission, theaters are dimming the lights and turning their projectors on once […] → Read More

Netflix announces cast for ‘Pinocchio’ animated musical film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The cast for Netflix’s new “Pinocchio” film has been chosen. The streaming service announced Wednesday that newcomer Gregory Mann will assume the title role along with Ewan McGregor as Cricket and David Bradley as Geppetto. Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro will direct the stop-motion animated musical. “After years of pursuing this […] → Read More

Norfolk Public Schools shares more details on district’s reopening plans

The Norfolk School Board learned more details Wednesday about the district's plan for virtual learning this fall. → Read More

Chesapeake School Board votes to start fall semester with remote learning

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The Chesapeake School Board has voted to begin the fall semester with virtual instruction amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in Hampton Roads. The board voted 6-3 in favor of remote learning Monday night during a meeting to discusss the possibilities of students returning back to classrooms for the upcoming […] → Read More

Racing fans remember Shawn Balluzzo in memorial at Langley Speedway

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Family, friends and fans attended an emotional tribute Thursday for local racing legend, Shawn Balluzzo. Hundreds of people filled Langley Speedway for a memorial honoring the 11-time champion who tragically passed away after a crash on Saturday. A checkered flag waved one last time for number 48, an icon of modified […] → Read More

Growing demand for coronavirus testing among increase in cases

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country, and here in Hampton Roads, the demand for COVID-19 testing is increasing too. Some people are waiting hours at testing sites to get swabbed. Kieon Williams thought getting a COVID-19 test would be a quick in-and-out process but four hours later, he […] → Read More

Hampton Roads breweries come together to support racial equality with ‘Black is Beautiful’ initiative

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Breweries across the country, including here in Hampton Roads, are coming together to support the Black Lives Matter movement. A new beer is hitting taps in an effort to raise awareness and money in the fight against racial injustice. “We can’t heal until Black lives matter,” said Tom Wilder, with […] → Read More

Newport News School Board member sworn-in from hospital due to coronavirus

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News School Board member who’s hospitalized due to the coronavirus isn’t letting that keep him from serving the community. John Eley won his bid for reelection in May. On Friday, he was sworn-in from his hospital room. Newport News Public Schools held a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. Since […] → Read More

US Navy relaxing COVID-19 travel restrictions to allow duty station moves, leave

(WAVY) — After months on hold, the U.S. Navy is relaxing COVID-19 travel restrictions for its sailors. Service members will now be able to move duty stations and take leave, but certain conditions still apply. Permanent change of station moves, also known as “PCS” moves, will be priority-based. Leave could require a waiver depending on […] → Read More

Suffolk photographer captures proposal, uses social media to find newly-engaged couple

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton Roads photographer happened to be in the right place at the right time recently. Holly Breeden is a Suffolk-based photographer who unexpectedly captured a proposal between a couple over the weekend. “Photography to me is important, but I didn’t think it would capture random moments for strangers that […] → Read More

Suffolk community, law enforcement walk together in march for black justice

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Faith leaders in Suffolk hosted a march for black justice that drew several hundred demonstrators. The group said they’re sending the message that they won’t be silent anymore. Pastors who spoke said what happened to George Floyd and other black men before him has to stop. A parade of people flooded […] → Read More

Chesapeake Coalition of Black Pastors leads massive march for justice

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Two weeks after his death at the hands of police, George Floyd will be laid to rest on Tuesday. His passing has prompted cries for reform and more accountability from those in uniform. A massive crowd, led by the Chesapeake Coalition of Black Pastors, marched about 2.5 miles for justice Monday afternoon. […] → Read More

City ready to welcome guests for ‘opening day’ of Virginia Beach shorelines with signs, ambassadors and more

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Last-minute preparations for “opening day” at Virginia Beach’s coastlines are underway. Beaches in the Resort City will welcome back visitors on Friday, nearly two months after being closed for anything except exercising and fishing. New signs are posted to remind the public that stopping the spread of the virus is […] → Read More

Man shot by Norfolk police officer during chase says he was unarmed, shot in back

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — For the first time, the man shot by Norfolk Police during a foot chase two weeks ago is sharing his side of the story. The shooting happened back on May 2 off Olney Road. Officers tried to arrest 23-year-old Isaiah Swift on outstanding warrants but he ran. Police said Swift was […] → Read More