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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city has taken a position against offshore drilling.

Media outlets report that the Virginia Beach city council voted Tuesday to oppose any operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

The vote is a recommendation to President Donald Trump. The president has ordered a review of the Obama-era ban on drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Trump will make the final decision.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats are promising party unity after a hotly contested primary battle for governor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello urged Democrats to work together in this year's general election.

Their comments came Saturday evening at the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner.

Northam defeated Perriello last week in a primary contest. Perriello said Saturday he "fully" endorses Northam.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican Corey Stewart says he may run for U.S. Senate next year after his surprisingly strong showing in the GOP primary for governor.

The former state campaign chairman for President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that his near-victory over former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie showed there's strong interest in his brand of confrontational politics.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Ralph Northam has won the Democratic nomination in Virginia's closely watched race for governor, defeating an insurgent challenger backed by U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Northam beat former congressman Tom Perriello, with most polls reporting Tuesday.

The lieutenant governor secured victory thanks in part to his longer time on the campaign trail and fundraising advantage. Northam had the support of the state Democratic Party's core constituencies, including teachers groups and African-American political and religious leaders.

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The Mayor of Tangier Island James Eskridge got an unusual phone call yesterday afternoon.

It was from President Donald Trump.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the president made contact after seeing a report about the island last week on CNN.

Eskridge told the paper he got the call around 2 p.m. and called it “unreal”.

He said that the president told him, “You’ve got one heck of an island there.”

Eskridge told the president that the island residents were big Trump supporters.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians are set to head to the polls Tuesday to pick a Republican and Democratic candidate in the closely watched race for governor.

The Old Dominion is one of only two states electing governors this year, and the primary could illustrate how voters feel about President Donald Trump's early months and the kind of response they want from Democratic candidates.

The highest profile contest is on the Democratic side, where Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is in a close race with former congressman Tom Perriello.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a new agreement with a state in Mexico to explore trade agreements and taking a jab at President Donald Trump.

McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Virginia and the Mexican state of Baja California had signed a memorandum of understanding to foster trade. The announcement came as McAuliffe met with Mexican business leaders at an event in Washington.

The governor, a Democrat, said on Twitter that in Virginia "we build opportunities NOT walls!"

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This week the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit on behalf of a Milton woman when she was prohibited from displaying signs denouncing policies of president Trump.

They included phrases such as “Love Trumps Hate”, “No Wall No Ban” and “Women’s Rights = Human Rights”.

62-year old Penny Nickerson said she felt compelled to put them in her front yard over concern about the current president.

But the Milton code only allows political messages during an election season.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a state plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants, a plan similar to a federal policy President Donald Trump has vowed to roll back.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday that begins developing regulations on carbon emissions. He says the federal government has abdicated its job fighting climate change.

Trump has promised to scrap the Clean Power Plan, a centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce harmful emissions.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is moving forward on seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward offshore drilling in a region where it has been blocked for decades.

The Interior Department says it is reviewing six applications by energy companies that were rejected by the Obama administration.

Environmental groups and many East Coast lawmakers oppose the surveys, saying loud sounds from seismic air guns could hurt marine life.

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Some Delaware lawmakers are moving to make sure that abortion will still be legal in the state even if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe V. Wade that made it a right.

Still on the books is a Delaware law that would bar abortion except in a few instances but was made moot by the 1973 court decision.

With the possibility that President Trump may appoint enough justices to overturn that ruling State Senator Bryan Townsend says it’s time to make sure that a right to an abortion is legal in the First State.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for a transgender teenager who sued his eastern Virginia school board for the right to use the boys' bathroom have filed a new brief arguing his case still is relevant even though he's about to graduate from high school. 

The filing Monday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that Gavin Grimm would be subjected to an illegal school board policy barring him from using the boys bathroom when visiting the school as an alumnus.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Cities in Virginia's Hampton Roads region say they risk being labeled "sanctuary cities" for undocumented immigrants. But local officials say they're doing nothing wrong and are following the Constitution. 

That's according to an investigation by WAVY-TV.

Federal agents are asking jails to hold inmates of questionable immigration status for 48 hours beyond their release date. But sheriffs say such detention requests require a judge's signature. Otherwise, they say a person's rights to due process are being violated. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A $1.1 trillion budget bill that would keep the federal government running through September fully funds the program that has coordinated Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts for decades.

The bill contains $73 million for the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program, which President Donald Trump has called for defunding.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Stephen M. Schenning has been named Maryland's acting U.S. Attorney.

Media outlets report Schenning will be succeeding Rod J. Rosenstein on an interim basis. Rosenstein left the position after the Senate confirmed him to be deputy U.S. attorney general on Tuesday.

Schenning is a Baltimore native and received a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1969. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he earned a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Trump will order his interior secretary to review an Obama-era plan that dictates which locations are open to offshore drilling, with the goal of the new administration to expand operations.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - One of Virginia's largest cities could officially declare that it's not a "sanctuary city" for immigrants.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that city officials in Chesapeake are considering drafting a resolution.

City Councilman Robert Ike says it would send a message to undocumented workers. Others say it's unnecessary and could send the wrong message to immigrant communities.

Sanctuary cities limit their cooperation with the federal government's enforcement of immigration laws.

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GOOCHLAND, Va. (AP) - The front-runner for the Republican nomination in Virginia's closely watched governor's race is expressing discomfort with series of vulgar and predatory comments about women President Donald Trump made in a recording 12 years ago.

Ed Gillespie said at a Republican debate Saturday in Goochland that he was offended by comments from a 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted about groping women.

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A second arrest has been made in the burning of the Trump billboard in Princess Anne.

Police say that 19 year old Joy Shuford of Ownings Mill turned herself in and has been charged with second degree arson among other charges.

She is currently out on $20-thousand bond.

19 year-old D’Asia Perry has already been arrested for the destruction of the billboard.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities have surveillance video of Perry and her vehicle.

Damage to the billboard is estimated at $800.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Three Republicans vying to be governor of Virginia are showing markedly different styles ahead of the June primary.

At a candidate debate Thursday at Liberty University, frontrunner Ed Gillespie largely ignored attacks from his opponents and focused his pitch on improving the state's economy.

Corey Stewart, a one-time chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign in Virginia, positioned him as a politically incorrect fighter who would curb illegal immigration.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a legislative session that has been full of measures aimed at countering President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress.

The Democrat-led legislature, which adjourns at midnight Monday, has passed legislation aimed at protecting health care from cuts in Washington.

It also has empowered the attorney general to sue the federal government without the governor's permission. And the attorney general will get an extra $1 million a year in future budgets to help pay expenses to do that.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has voted to nullify four previous calls to the U.S. Congress to hold a constitutional convention.

The House voted 93-47 on Tuesday for a Senate resolution.

Maryland's legislature has approved four calls for a convention since the 1930s to amend the constitution. The last one in the 1970s called for an amendment that requires a federal balanced budget.

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Senator Ben Cardin says he will support the filibuster against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cardin said he held Republicans responsible for making the confirmation process untenable and for the consequences.

He also took aim at the failure of the Republicans to allow the consideration of Merrick Garland President Obama’s nominee to fill the same seat.

The Maryland Democrat made the announcement on Twitter and it came shortly after it was announced that the Democrats had the 41 votes needed to sustain a filibuster.

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) - Authorities say someone spray-painted the words "RESIST" in red on a Virginia golf course owned by President Donald Trump.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell says deputies received a call on Saturday about the vandalism at the Trump National golf course. Trump played golf with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul at the course on Sunday.

Troxell said the Secret Service is the lead investigator on the case.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin is traveling to Delaware to visit the VA Medical Center in Wilmington.

Shulkin is scheduled to join Sen. Tom Carper on Monday to meet with members of Delaware's veterans community and to hold a roundtable discussion. 

Shulkin was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the ninth Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  He was confirmed by the Senate in a unanimous vote in February.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to create a commission to monitor federal actions that could affect health care in Maryland has cleared the General Assembly.
 
The Senate voted 32-14 on Wednesday for the bill, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.
 
The measure forms a commission to monitor federal actions and provide recommendations to protect access to affordable health coverage. The commission would submit a report on its findings and recommendations at the end of each year.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- A Maryland measure that would direct state funds to continue family planning services provided by Planned Parenthood has been approved by the legislature.
    
The Senate voted 32-15 for a bill that already has cleared the House.
    
The bill would direct $2 million in the state's Medicaid budget to family planning services provided by Planned Parenthood, as well as another $700,000 from the state's general fund, if funding were cut by the federal government.
    

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is renewing his push to expand Medicaid coverage, saying state Republicans have no excuses left after President Donald Trump's failed bid to repeal Obamacare.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former President George W. Bush is set to host a fundraiser for Virginia Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie.

The Roanoke Times reports that the former president and wealthy businessmen will host Gillespie at a Dallas fundraiser Wednesday.

Gillespie was White House counselor under Bush, who donated $25,000 to Gillespie's political action committee last year.

Tickets for the Wednesday luncheon range from $1,000 to $25,000.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation banning localities from restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, announced his veto Monday, saying the measure would stoke fears among the state's immigrant communities. He had promised to veto the measure when it passed the GOP-controlled General Assembly in February.

Republicans said the bill is needed to show that Virginia respects the rule of law and undocumented immigrants are not entitled to special privileges in sanctuary cities.

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