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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers say it's time for a comprehensive look at Virginia's economic development spending as the state spends more on incentive programs aimed at luring companies to relocate or expand in the Old Dominion.

A new report released Monday by the House Appropriations Committee shows that ongoing incentive programs have grown 84 percent since fiscal 2010.

Both Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his GOP predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, worked to develop new incentive programs and made economic development cornerstones of their administration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates are set to announce a rare compromise on gun policies that has leaders in both parties applauding.

McAuliffe and House Speaker William J. Howell plan to outline the deal at a news conference Friday.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Thursday that the policy strengthens some gun control measures while reversing a policy that would have invalidated concealed handgun permits in Virginia held by residents of 25 other states.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans hoping to replace a Virginia Supreme Court Justice installed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe say lawmakers will vote this week on whether she should remain on the court.

Republicans have protested McAuliffe's appointment of Justice Jane Marum Roush in July, saying he did a poor job of consulting with GOP leaders before making his pick. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ready for his close-up.

The Democratic governor donned a Revolutionary War-era wig and garb on Monday to shoot a scene in the AMC television series "TURN: Washington's Spies." McAuliffe plays Gen. Robert Lawson and has one line in the episode that's scheduled to air June 6.

McAuliffe, who got through his takes without flubbing his line, joked that he should be called "one-take Terry."

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued a state of emergency ahead of an upcoming winter storm that threatens to bring heavy snowfall to the Washington area and the Northeast.
 
Thursday's declaration authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in response to the storm, which is expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow in parts of the state and bring strong winds.
 
McAuliffe says in a statement that residents should "take the threat of this storm seriously." He says that includes travel disruptions and possible power outages.
 

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A Republican lawmaker wants to make it easier for domestic violence to obtain guns for protection.
 
Del. Todd Gilbert unveiled a proposal at the Capitol Thursday that would allow a person who is protected under a protective order to carry a concealed handgun without a permit for 45 days.
 
Gilbert said the bill was aimed at helping women who are the victims of domestic violence be able to arm themselves without worrying about red tape.
 
Republicans are also proposing tougher penalties for those repeatedly convicted of domestic violence crimes.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-controlled Senate panel has defeated several pieces of legislation backed by Democrats promoting gun control.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee made quick work of a slew of gun-related bills at a hearing Wednesday.

Among the bills that failed was legislation that would require background checks on all gun buyers at gun shows, something that's been a top priority for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The panel passed a GOP-backed bill that would allow Virginians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gun groups are squaring off at the Virginia General Assembly.

Pro-gun rights groups held a morning rally at the Capitol Monday, and gun control advocates held one a few hours later.

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Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe gave a warning to Republican lawmakers that he would veto any legislation he thought would curb abortion rights or expand gun rights in a way he thinks is unsafe.

McAuliffe issued the warning during his State of the Commonwealth address to the legislature last night.

The governor has been an outspoken advocate for abortion rights and signed an executive order last year banning the open carry of guns in some state-owned buildings.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off the 2016 legislative session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

The Democratic governor is entering his third year in office and will be seeking support from state lawmakers to support his $109 billion proposed budget that includes a billion-dollar increase in education spending, small corporate and individual tax cuts, and a 2 percent raise for state employees.

He delivers his third State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker in Virginia is pushing legislation that would allow clerks to refuse to issue licenses for marriages they object to on moral or religious grounds.

Republican Sen. Charles Carrico of Galax said many of his constituents were concerned about what happened to Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail last year for denying licenses to same-sex couples.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is handing out nearly $200,000 to five projects in an effort to spur economic development and job creation in areas that are struggling economically.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said $196,000 is being made available through the Building Collaborative Communities program, which seeks to encourage communities to forge regional partnerships in an effort to build new economic opportunities for residents.

Among the regions that will benefit from the funds is Northern Neck, which is getting $70,000 for a high-tech center.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to head back to Capitol for start of the 2016 legislative session.

The session is scheduled to start Wednesday. It marks the mid-point of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's term-limited time in office. Both chambers of the General Assembly are controlled by Republicans, giving the governor little chance of advancing an aggressive agenda. Likewise, the governor's veto pen gives him to ability to keep in check any GOP-led efforts he disagrees with.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – With Gov. Terry McAuliffe's trade mission to Cuba, an incoming state lawmaker whose family fled the island 50 years ago is appealing to the governor to meet with dissident Cubans.
    
McAuliffe was scheduled to leave Sunday for Cuba in what is being cast as a marketing mission. Besides the governor and first lady Dorothy McAuliffe, cabinet and private sector officials are also set to travel with the governor.
    

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposed budget includes $1.3 million in restitution for a man who spent 29 years in prison for an attempted rape that officials say he didn't commit.

McAuliffe pardoned Michael Kenneth McAlister in March after another man confessed to the abduction and attempted rape of a woman in 1986.

The compensation is part of McAuliffe's $109 billion budget proposal and must be approved by the General Assembly.

McAlister said Friday that the proposed compensation is more than he had expected.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A southwest Virginia lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow a Confederate battle flag to again be displayed on state-issued license plates.

Senator Charles W. Carrico Sr. told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that his constituents believe Gov. Terry McAuliffe went too far when he moved to have the plates phased out. The Grayson County Republican says he represents his district "first and foremost."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to detail how he wants the state's $109 billion budget spent over the next two years.

McAuliffe is set to outline his budget plan to state lawmakers Thursday at the Capitol.

The Democratic governor has already outlined some of his budget priorities, which include cutting the corporate tax rate and giving state employees a 2 percent raise.

Higher-than-predicted tax revenues have given McAuliffe more leeway in crafting his budget. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers plan to hold four regional public hearings on Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposed biennial state budget.

The House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have scheduled two hearings on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg and at Wytheville Community College in Wytheville. Two other hearings will be held Jan. 7 at noon at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake and at the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his forthcoming budget proposal will include a 2 percent pay raise for state workers, college faculty, school teachers and other public employees.

McAuliffe made the announcement Thursday during a regular appearance on WRVA's "Ask the Governor" radio show.

The governor is set to unveil his two-year budget plan on Dec. 17. It will be the starting point of negotiations with the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are signaling their intent to remove Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's recent appointment to the state's highest court.

House Republicans have not invited Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush to judicial interviews later this week. Matthew Moran, a spokesman for House Speaker William J. Howell, said Wednesday that Republicans have no plans to interview Roush at a later date.

Without an interview, Moran says House rules prohibit a vote to confirm Roush's appointment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's legislative money committees have announced a slate of public hearings on the next state budget.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe introduces his proposed two-year, approximately $100 billion spending plan on Dec. 17. That will be the starting point for the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees, which are tasked with presenting a budget before the end of the 2016 General Assembly session.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor is criticizing the president of Liberty University for urging his Christian college community to arm itself against a possible attack by a would-be mass killer.           

Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. made the suggestion at a gathering of 10,000 on the Lynchburg campus on Friday night, and he stood by the statement Saturday in an interview with The Associated Press.           

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Environmental and public interest groups are urging officials to halt any new fracking efforts in Virginia until they complete a thorough review of the state's standards.

The groups say Virginia's current safeguards on fracking are inadequate and outdated. They're urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to conduct a comprehensive review before approving any new permits for oil and gas drilling that would require fracking.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a high-pressure technique for extracting oil and gas from shale deposits.

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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.

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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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