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Petersburg Community Holds Candlelight Vigil for Four People Found Dead in Fire Video included

The Petersburg community held a candlelight vigil Thursday night to remember the four family members that were found dead in a house fire last Saturday. More>>

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Alarming Trend: Dishonest Use of 'Service Dogs' Video included

Many service dogs work hard to look after their keepers. But an alarming trend is emerging: people using "service dogs" that aren't legitimate. More>>

8News Reporter Announces New Baby with Taylor Swift Parody Video


ABC 8News Senior Reporter Nate Eaton and his wife, Erica, announce their new baby by singing 'We are having, having, having another baby' in a Taylor Swift parody. More>>

Richmond Police Gets New Bomb Dog Video included

Shelby and her master Officer Mark Castillo met a few weeks ago when the Richmond Police Department was searching for a new explosives dog.

8News Investigates: Exploding Targets


Just because some Central Virginians want more bang during target practice, anyone can get their hands on a dangerous explosive. More>>

Rocketts Landing Condos Up for Auction Video included


Riverfront condos at closeout prices: Rocketts Landing is putting 25 units on the auction block at a fraction of the original cost. More>>

FDA Proposes Regulation on Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors Video included

E-cigarettes are marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, but critics call the variety of flavors and devices a ploy to draw in kids. More>>

RIR, Fans Prepare for Weekend’s NASCAR Race Video included

The big race at Richmond International Raceway is still a few days away, but fans are already making themselves at home by the racetrack. More>>

Victims Identified in Mimosa Street Double Homicide Video included

The Richmond Police Department is conducting an investigation after a double homicide occurred in the city's south side on Wednesday night. More>>

Sources: No Charges Will Be Filed in Jamisha Gilbert Death Video included

Sources say that no charges will be filed in connection with the death of 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert. More>>

Technology Finds and Removes Cancer Faster Video included

Learning that you may have cancer can be a scary time, but for some patients there's technology that can find it and remove it faster. More>>

Girl Surprises Michelle Obama With Unemployed Dad’s Resume

One little girl, a guest at the White House’s annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” seized the opportunity to get her father’s resume into some powerful hands on Thursday. More>>

Parents Stunned by ‘Big and Beautiful’ 14-Pound Newborn

A Massachusetts couple is recovering after welcoming an unexpectedly large bundle of joy. More>>

Reddit User Posts About Missing Mom, Other Redditor Finds Her

A woman with Alzheimer’s who went missing this week in New York City was located and reconnected to her family by the work of Reddit users. More>>

10-Year-Old Escapes Kidnapper by Repeatedly Singing Gospel Song

A 10-year-old in Atlanta escaped a kidnapper in the most improbable way.

Most Bizarre Baby Name ... Ever?

How far would you go to ensure your baby’s name stands out? More>>

Georgia Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns in Schools, Churches, Bars

Starting July 1, people in Georgia can bring firearms into bars, libraries, churches and even some government buildings that don’t already have door security.

Chesterfield Votes to Raise Property Tax Rate by a Penny Video included

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to raise property tax rate to .96. More>>

It’s Legal to Sell Pot in Colorado, But Not If You’re in 4th Grade

Two Colorado fourth graders were busted for selling marijuana at their elementary school, prompting officials today to urge adults to keep their weed locked away from kids. More>>

Wegmans to Build Stores in Midlothian, Short Pump Video included

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. announced in a press release on Wednesday morning that the family-owned chain will soon build two supermarkets in the Richmond area. More>>

Man Pleads Guilty to Fatally Shooting Horse

A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a horse on a Chesterfield County farm last June. More>>

RGIII to Drive Pace Car at Richmond’s NASCAR Race Video included

Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III at practice in Richmond prior to the 2012 season. Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III at practice in Richmond prior to the 2012 season.

What started as Twitter chatter between Dale Earnhardt Jr., Robert Griffin III and Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier has led to RGIII driving the Pace Car to start Saturday’s NASCAR race.


Breakthrough Treatment for Some Allergy Sufferers Video included

Allergy season is underway in Richmond, and finally there's new hope for patients especially sensitive to grass pollen. Grastek was just approved by the FDA on April 14, and it arrived at Richmond Allergy & Asthma Specialists in the West End today. More>>

Baby Giraffe Born at Metro Richmond Zoo Video included

The Metro Richmond Zoo welcomed a new member to their family earlier this week. A baby giraffe was born, and hundreds of zoo visitors were able to watch it live. More>>

‘Suspicious Person’ Prompts Lockdown at Orange Co. Schools

Gordon-Barbour Elementary School in Gordonsville will remain in a “modified lockdown” for the remainder of the school day Wednesday. More>>

Girl Kicked Out of Prom for Wearing Pants Video included

The high school senior says that a teacher approached her at prom and asked her to leave.

Lupita Nyong'o Named People's Most Beautiful Person of 2014

Nyong'o named People's most beautiful person of 2014. Nyong'o named People's most beautiful person of 2014.

Lupita Nyong'o is having quite the ride.The "12 Years a Slave" actress has won an Oscar for best supporting actress, signed a deal with cosmetics giant Lancôme to become its first black ambassador, and now People magazine has bestowed one of its highest honors on her - "Most Beautiful person for 2014." More>>

Now You Can Travel Through Time on Google Maps

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps. More>>

Woman Undergoes Plastic Surgery for Perfect 'Selfie'

How far would you go for the perfect pic?

Richmond International Raceway Prepares for Saturday’s Race

Preparation is underway at the Richmond International Raceway for this weekend's NASCAR race events. Preparation is underway at the Richmond International Raceway for this weekend's NASCAR race events.

In just under a week, the lights will be bright at the Richmond International Raceway and the track will be ready for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  


Chesterfield Police Search for Armed Robbers Video included

Chesterfield County Police are searching for two men who robbed two people in a convenience store parking lot at gunpoint on Tuesday night. More>>

Court Upholds Michigan’s Ban on Race Conscious College Admissions Video included

A divided Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on race conscious admissions policies at public universities Tuesday, reversing a lower court decision that had struck down the ban on equal protection grounds. More>>

Chris Brown Assault Trial Set to Begin Wednesday

After a two-day delay the assault trial for singer and Virginia native Chris Brown is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Washington, but his attorneys might try to postpone it further. More>>

Pennsylvania Patient Arrested for Allegedly Dealing Heroin From ICU Bed Video included

A Pennsylvania woman will be charged with allegedly dealing heroin from her bed in the intensive care unit of a Pittsburgh area hospital. More>>

DEPUTIES: Couple Left Kids Home Alone, Burglarized Yorktown ABC Store

According to York-Poquoson authorities, a couple is facing several charges after leaving their three children home alone while they burglarized an ABC store. More>>

Boy Scouts Revoke Seattle Church's Charter Over Gay Scoutmaster Video included

The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church that refused to fire its pack's gay scoutmaster. More>>

2 Henrico Kids Honored After Saving People from Fire Video included

12-year-old Yamira Sinkler and 13-year-old Tre Crusan were named honorary firefighters and given certificates at the Board of Supervisors meeting. More>>

A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word "murder" across his neck might prejudice the jury.

2 Victims in Petersburg Fatal Fire Had 'Puncture Wounds' Video included

A warrant obtained by ABC 8News shows two of the victims suffered puncture wounds.

Fall Line Fest Music Festival Announces Lineup

Richmond's second annual arts and music festival Fall Line Fest is scheduled to take place at various locations around the city on September 5 and 6. More>>

Crews on Scene of Water Search at 21st and Dock Streets

Emergency crews are searching the area near the James River at 21st and Dock streets. More>>

Henrico Schools End Book Bowl Competition, Parents Upset Video included

Hundreds of parents and students in Henrico are upset over the cancellation of an annual reading program called the Book Bowl. More>>

DWTS: After Being Voted Off Show, Drew Carey Thanks Fans


It was a party hit theme on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday but the party’s over for TV game show host Drew Carey, who was voted off the show.

Mom Bites Off Dog’s Ear to Save 2-Year-Old Daughter

Last month, a Texas mother stuck her arm in a pit bull’s mouth and bit off its ear while it was attacking her 2-year-old daughter. More>>

Kevin Durant’s Miraculous Shot Defies the Laws of Physics

Kevin Durant is one of the NBA’s top players, a prolific scorer known for his highlight-reel performances. More>>

Expectant Parents Asked the Internet to Name Their Child

In January of this year, an expectant father named Stephen started the website, where anyone on the Internet could suggest and vote on potential names for Stephen’s forthcoming baby girl. More>>

Selfie Bans Are Becoming a Thing

Rhode Island's Bryant University is making headlines after the school asked students to refrain from taking selfies when they go to pick up their degree.

Proposed High-Rise Sparks Debate In Richmond Video included


A proposed high-rise condominium building sparked heated debate in a Richmond Planning Commission meeting Monday; supporters say the building will add to Richmond's beauty while opponents say it will detract from it. More>>

Foreign Exchange Student Charged in Stafford Sexual Assault


A 20-year-old foreign exchange student currently residing in Stafford County has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault on April 19. More>>

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