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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he will seek another four-year term as the state's top attorney.

The Democrat was widely considered to be a likely candidate for governor in 2017.

But Herring said in a statement Wednesday that he wants to build upon the progress he has made as attorney general, like reducing campus sexual violence and implementing policies to stem the growing heroin crisis.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate has narrowly defeated a proposed private-school voucher program for disabled students.

The measure would have allowed parents of a disabled child to apply for the child's share of state funds that would otherwise go to his or her local public school system. The money could be used for tuition, fees and books at a private school.

The bill, sponsored by Del. Dave LaRock, a Loudoun County Republican, was passed by the House of Delegates 57-42 earlier this month.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thanks to a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Republican-controlled Virginia Senate has passed a bill prohibiting discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

It was the first tie-breaking vote of the 2015 legislative session by Northam, a Democrat.

Two Republicans, Sens. Jill Holtzman Vogel of Fauquier County and John Watkins of Powhatan County, joined minority Democrats in support of the bill, resulting in a 19-19 tie.

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The Eastern Shore of Virginia has one of its own who will become the next Lieutenant Governor of the state.

Democrat Ralph Northam easly defeated his Republican rival E.W. Jackson in Tuesday’s election.

Northam is a Norfolk pediatric neurologist and the first Eastern Shore native to be elected to statewide office since before the Civil War.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the last was Governor Henry Wise who was elected of office in 1855.

Northam took Accomack County with more than 55 percent of the vote.

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TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) - Democrat Terry McAuliffe has been elected Virginia's next governor, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli after pledging to expand the state's Medicaid rolls and portraying his rival as someone who would turn back years of progress.

Turnout for Tuesday's election was low, and both candidates worked through Election Day to reach as many potential voters as possible.