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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A commission appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has decided not to recommend re-establishing parole to the state's criminal justice system any time soon.

According to the Daily Press of Newport News, the group decided Wednesday that there are shortcomings in the sweeping reforms that largely abolished parole there 20 years ago, but more study is needed before such a major step is feasible. The group also noted a significant lack of legislative support for the move.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Governor Terry McAuliffe is reviewing regulations for compensating victims who were involuntarily sterilized decades ago by state officials.

The General Assembly gave the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services 280 days to develop the regulations after the budget was enacted. Department spokeswoman Maria Reppas told The News and Advance that McAuliffe has until Dec. 26 to sign the regulations.

Victim's advocate Mark Bold says potential victims or their representatives should begin gathering documents such as medical records.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two-thirds of Virginia's Democratic superdelegates are publicly backing Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid, including all of the state's Democratic congressional delegation.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is also a superdelegate and public supporter of Clinton. He has been friends with Clinton for many years and helped manage her unsuccessful 2008 campaign.

Ten out of 15 of Virginia's superdelegates publicly support Clinton in the Democratic primary. Others said they are still undecided or did not return requests for comment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a recent trade and tourism mission to Canada has increased exports of Virginia seafood.

McAuliffe said Thursday that Rappahannock River Oyster Company has secured deals with Lagoon Seafood of Lachine, Quebec, and Toronto-based seafood importer SeaCore as a result of the September mission.

Rappahannock will supply SeaCore with oysters and Lagoon Seafood with oysters and clams.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware political leaders are taking time out to commemorate Veterans Day.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's congressional delegation and other officials Wednesday for the state's annual Veterans Day service.

Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Major General Francis Vavala also is participating in the event,  which will include local high school bands, leaders from religious organizations and community members,

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IRVINGTON, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Oyster Trail is making its official debut.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and first lady Dorothy McAuliffe will join other dignitaries in Irvington on Monday for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the trail.

Activities along the trail include waterman tours, oyster company tours, restaurants that feature the Virginia oyster, art venues and historic sites and museums.

State officials say Virginia is the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters on the East Coast.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two East Coast governors want the federal government to determine why applications designed to collect data on Atlantic coast waters to aid in potential energy exploration are taking so long to review.

North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe wrote U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker this week. They want seismic surveying approved to generate data on what oil and natural gas may be under the ocean floor.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to host an event for the United Negro College Fund.

The fund's Washington-area office is holding the Virginia Governor's Luncheon on Tuesday in Arlington for business, civil and education leaders.

The goal of the luncheon is to increase diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The UNCF says it is reaching out to the Northern Virginia business community to stress the need for increased diversity in growing industries such as health care, financial services and information technology.

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ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) - Another Virginia county is asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to ensure that state environmental officials are up to the task of monitoring work on a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Franklin County adopted a resolution Tuesday seeking that additional oversight of construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The concerns are erosion and the management of sediments.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in September, the lowest it's been since 2008, even though the state lost a total of 200 jobs last month.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office said Tuesday that Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has declined for three straight months and is lower than the national average.

But Virginian's job growth continues to lag behind the nation and its unemployment rate is dropping because its labor force is shrinking, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than $3 million in Chesapeake Bay conservation grants are headed to Virginia.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and an Environmental Protection Agency official overseeing the bay's restoration are scheduled to formally announce the funding Tuesday at a news conference in Richmond.

The announcement will be made at Maymont, a scenic Richmond attraction overlooking the James River. A conservation grant totaling $200,000 is going to the Maymont Children's Farm to reduce stormwater.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is heading to Virginia.

Trump is holding a campaign rally at the Richmond International Raceway on Wednesday. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

Trump was supposed to host a rally in Virginia Beach earlier this month but canceled the event after Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency due to Hurricane Joaquin.

Trump said in a statement that 10,000 people were expected to attend that event.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has confirmed he's incentivizing Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon, to pick Virginia as its new East Coast site.

Multiple news outlets report that Deschutes is looking at different places for its first East Coast location. McAuliffe recently confirmed that he visited the brewery in mid-September to help entice the brewery to break ground in the commonwealth.

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Despite the flood warnings and watches for the region  there is an expectation that the rain will be less than at first forecast.

Initially it was expected to be as much as 11 inches but that has now dropped to 4-to-6 inches.
One reason is that Hurricane Joaquin is expected to pass by the region much further from the coast.

Still the path of the storm is not clear.

Much of the rain began to fall yesterday and is expected to continue through Saturday.


Local residents on the Eastern Shore take rain in stride.



RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has denied a last-minute attempt to delay the execution of a convicted serial killer who claims that he's intellectually disabled.

Alfredo Prieto's attorneys had asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so that the 49-year-old can be transferred to California. His lawyers there hope to argue that Prieto is ineligible for the death penalty because he's intellectually disabled.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says an energy developer has won a state permit to build an 80-megawatt solar array on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

McAuliffe's office says the project will quadruple the amount of solar energy currently in place in the state, and will be the largest in the Mid-Atlantic.

Community Energy is partnering with Amazon Web Services with a power purchase agreement for the energy. The power from the solar array in Accomack County will supply Amazon Web Services' facilities, including those in northern Virginia.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An aide to Virginia Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain says Obenshain will not be running for governor in 2017.

Nick Collette, a political director for Obenshain, said Monday that his boss has made a decision not to run for statewide office in 2017.

Obenshain narrowly lost the state attorney general election in 2013 and was widely viewed as a possible GOP gubernatorial candidate.

Collette said Obenshain had made the decision not to run for personal reasons.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities wants Gov. Terry McAuliffe to delay the execution of a man convicted of killing two George Washington students in 1988.

Alfredo Prieto's attorneys have asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so he can be transferred to California and assessed on whether he's intellectually disabled.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The administration of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has released a detailed internal investigative report into the bloody arrest of a University of Virginia student by three state liquor agents that prompted allegations of racism.

McAuliffe's administration said Tuesday that it was able to release the report because the three officers involved had waived protection of their personnel information.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Forty-five local tourism initiatives will share more than $796,000 in state matching grants.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the funding from the Virginia Tourism Corporation's Marketing Leverage Program on Monday. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of two to one. The governor's office says the result will be more than $3.3 million in new marketing to increase visitation to Virginia.

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For those engaged in commercial fishing, aquaculture and the horseshoe crab harvest in the Assateague Island National Seashore that activity could be banned.

Park superintendent Deborah Darden told the Chincoteague Town Council last week that she has been told these are activities that should be wound down.

She said that federal regulations say that if Congress does not specifically authorize such activity then it should be banned.

Darden noted that over the last half century that has not been observed.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to scale back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board voted 9-6 to give preliminary approval to amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The board also rolled back some construction standards for new facilities.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health will consider scaling back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board will consider amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says tourism revenues increased more than 4 percent from 2013 to $22.4 billion last year.

The governor said Monday that the tourism industry supported nearly 217,000 jobs and pumped more than $1.5 billion into the state and local economies in 2014. State and local revenues were up 5.6 percent from 2013.

Officials say the travel industry was the fifth largest private employer in the state last year and made up 7 percent of Virginia's total private employment. Domestic travelers spent $61 million a day in the state.

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(AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has arrived at WDBJ-TV studios in Roanoke to talk to the staff in private after two journalists were killed on air by a former co-worker.
The Friday visit comes two days after the attack during a live broadcast. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed.
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy the governor visitinig "with staff and share condolences.  "


The suspect in an on-air shooting at WDBJ-TV has has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a high speed chase down Interstate 64.

He has been identified by authorities as Vester Lee Flanagan a former report who was known professionally as Bryce Williams

Authorities say he died at around 1:30 p.m. around seven hours after shooting and killing two of his former colleagues.

Becky Coyner with dispatch and records at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said that 41-year-old Flanagan was from Roanoke.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are warning Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe not to reappoint his pick to the Virginia Supreme Court next month when her initial appointment expires.

Republicans issued a statement Tuesday suggesting such a reappointment would be "at best dubious and at worst unlawful."

But GOP leaders did not say what they would do if the governor does reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush, as he has said he plans to do.

Democrats foiled a GOP bid to unseat Roush Monday, and then unexpectedly adjourned the state Senate from a special session.

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Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush next month when her initial appointment expires.

McAuliffe told reporters his plans Monday after the state Senate adjourned from a special legislative session meant to produce a new state congressional map and settle a state Supreme Court appointment.

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Republican lawmakers have refused to interview a Virginia Supreme Court justice appointed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Members of a judicial selection subcommittee turned away Justice Jane Marum Roush on Monday before interviewing a Republican-backed candidate for the job: Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers and Democratic elected officials are asking Virginia's legislative Republican leaders to reconsider plans to replace a newly seated Virginia Supreme Court justice.
But GOP leaders say they're unmoved by those pleas. They say they still plan to replace Justice Jane Marum Roush with Rossie D. Alston Jr. during a special session that starts Aug. 17.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Roush late last month, to the displeasure of GOP leaders who said they were not properly consulted about the pick.