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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - State Sen. Frank Wagner of Virginia Beach says he's seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Wagner made the announcement on Sunday.

He's one of four candidates who've announced they are seeking the nomination. He's the only state lawmaker of the group and the only candidate from Hampton Roads.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to be named the next chairman of the National Governors Association.

The governor, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he is traveling to Des Moines, Iowa, this week for the NGA's annual summer meeting.

The nonpartisan group advocates on behalf of the governors.

McAuliffe is the current vice-chairman of the group, and said he will spend his coming year as chairman promoting the need for states to address cybersecurity concerns.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam now has the official backing of the Democratic Party's top state officials for his 2017 gubernatorial bid.

Northam's campaign said Saturday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Attorney General Mark Herring have all endorsed the lieutenant governor.

Herring announced last year he would run for re-election and not pursue the Executive Mansion.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's lieutenant governor is urging federal officials to exclude Virginia from offshore drilling.

In a letter addressed to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam said offshore drilling has the potential to threaten the environment, defense, agriculture and tourism of the state.

Northam, a Democrat, has announced his plans to run for governor in 2017. In the letter, he cited the "demise of the Chesapeake Bay" and his work toward its restoration as one of the reasons he decided to run for public office.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former White House adviser and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Ed Gillespie has created a political action committee as part of his plan to run for Virginia governor in 2017.

The Washington Post reports that Gillespie's Let's Grow, Virginia! PAC has scheduled its first two fundraisers for Dec. 7 in northern Virginia and Dec. 10 in Richmond. Details, including locations and ticket prices, have not yet been determined.

The formation of the PAC comes a month after the Republican confirmed that he would seek his party's nomination for governor.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.

The grant funding was announced Wednesday by Virginia's U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

The funding is through the USDA regional conservation partnership program.

The largest grant involves $7 million to reward agricultural producers who implement conservation practices to limit farm runoff from dairy and livestock operations. The grant also involves West Virginia producers.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The rocket was carrying a cargo ship was bound for the International Space Station.

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The last minute spending bill approved by the House of Representatives last night included $20 million in funding to help in the repair of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility that was damaged during the explosion of an Antares rocket just after liftoff this year.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kane announced that the money is contained in the bill that will now be considered by the Senate.

The two Virginia Democrats calls the Wallops Facility a key asset to the state that they expect will continue to play a role in NASA and space exploration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia was locked in a tight race with GOP challenger Ed Gillespie, a contest many thought the incumbent would easily win.

Returns tabulated by The Associated Press late Tuesday showed the race in Virginia was too close to call. That didn't stop Warner from declaring victory and promising to work with Republicans, who took control of the Senate.

Gillespie told his supporters to be patient and told them he would have a better idea of the outcome Wednesday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is behind in the polls and campaign cash with little more than two weeks before Election Day in Virginia.

But the former high-powered Washington political operative says he's enjoying his underdog campaign and feels that momentum is in his favor.

The Republican Gillespie is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Warner, a popular former governor seeking a second term.

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