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10:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Easing Voting Restrictions for Ex-Felons in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is taking additional steps to make it easier for convicted felons to regain their voting rights.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced policy changes Thursday that will shorten the application process for people convicted of more serious crimes. The changes include eliminating notarization, letters to the governor and other requirements. The application was reduced from 13 pages to one.

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7:59 am
Thu December 18, 2014

No Big Gifts for Virginia Governor

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he has not received any big-ticket gifts since taking office this year, a notable departure from what was commonplace under past administrations.

A list of gifts received by McAuliffe was included in the governor's recently filed statement of economic interest. The list shows the governor accepted mostly trinkets related to trade missions. The statement says he didn't receive access to vacation homes or tickets to sporting events that were frequently given to previous Virginia governors.

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7:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

VA Governor Makes Budgetary Increase Request

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

The governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state's biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers.

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9:24 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Virginia Panel Votes Review of Abortion Clinic Regulations

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to revisit Virginia's hotly debated abortion clinic regulations.

The board voted 13-2 at a Thursday meeting attended by hundreds of opponents and proponents of the regulations established under the McDonnell administration.

Dr. Marissa Levine, the new state health commissioner appointed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, has recommended that the board amend the regulations.

The affirmative vote would start a regulatory process that could take up to two years.

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11:17 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Liquor Price Hikes Delayed in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A move to raise prices for liquor in Virginia is being delayed due to an outdated provision in state law that addresses price markups.
 
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Wednesday to delay and change the pricing adjustments. The adjustments are part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to plug a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year state budget.
 
Last month, the board approved plans to raise prices on miniature bottles and double the $1 case handling fee. Those hikes are being delayed until Dec. 16.
 

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9:20 am
Wed December 3, 2014

VA Governor Extends Coastal Management Program

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order that continues the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

McAuliffe signed the order Tuesday in Hampton.

The program is a network of state agencies and local governments that's designed to protect the natural and economic assets in Virginia's coastal regions.

The Department of Environmental Quality serves as the lead agency for the program.

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8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Perilous Economy Endangers Virginia Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's economy is in a "very perilous" situation with potential federal defense cuts looming.

McAuliffe says he's open to considering eliminating tax relief programs in order to balance the state budget.

He and state lawmakers met with heads of several large companies Monday to discuss the state's economic outlook.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones says the executives told lawmakers to be cautious in their budgeting for next year.

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11:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Fighting Childhood Hunger in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new panel aimed at reducing childhood hunger while promoting proper nutrition and Virginia agriculture.

McAuliffe signed an executive order Thursday establishing the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide.

He named his wife, Dorothy McAuliffe, as the new council's chairman.

The governor said the council will work to make sure that Virginia pursues every federal dollar currently available that promotes nutrition and healthy living.

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8:58 am
Thu November 20, 2014

VA Reviews Rocket Deal after Explosion at Wallops

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials plan to re-examine a spaceport deal with Orbital Sciences Corp. following a rocket explosion that damaged a state-owned launch pad.

Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne Jr. tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration may seek to renegotiate the deal.

McAuliffe also has asked U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine to look for federal funds to help pay for repairs.

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7:40 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Scientists Offer Help for Virginia on Carbon Reduction

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Fifteen climate scientists from five Virginia universities are offering to help Gov. Terry McAuliffe develop the state's plan for meeting federal carbon reduction goals.

In a letter Monday, the scientists also told McAuliffe that Virginia is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change.

They offered to help the governor draft Virginia's response to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which sets state-specific goals for carbon reductions from existing power plants.

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7:59 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sadness & Support from Officials to Explosion at Wallops

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Reaction from elected officials to the rocket explosion at Wallops Island was one of sadness but also support for the private space venture.

Maryland’s Senior Senator Barbara Mikulski said that despite the disaster she remains a strong supporter of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

She said she was thankful that no one was hurt this week and that the explosion reminds us that rocketry is still hard.

The Antares rocket was carrying 5-thousand pounds of cargo to resupply the International Space Station.

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11:27 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Energy Efficiency: Top Priority for VA Governor

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is stressing energy efficiency throughout Virginia state government.

The Democrat signed an executive order on Thursday to reduce the energy footprint of state government, and named a chief energy officer to oversee the effort.

McAuliffe has made energy efficiency a cornerstone of his four-year energy plan released this month. The executive order instructs executive branch agencies, authorities and departments to actively pursue energy efficiencies. The order extends to higher education, as well.

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9:11 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Over 500 State Jobs Could Be Cut in Virginia Budget Shortfall

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is planning to lay off 565 state workers and raise the prices of distilled spirits at state-owned liquor stores as he aims to close a state budget shortfall.

McAuliffe detailed his plans Wednesday as part of an effort by state officials to bridge a $2.4 billion budget gap.

McAuliffe said most of the layoffs would come from the Department of Corrections, which will close multiple facilities. It also will delay the opening of a women's correctional center.

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8:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Virginia Abortion Clinic Building Restrictions Reviewed

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's health commissioner is recommending that the state look anew at regulations enacted under the McDonnell administration that established hospital-style building requirements for abortion clinics.

In a letter Wednesday to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Dr. Marissa Levine recommends that the requirements be reviewed and updated.

McAuliffe ordered the regulatory review of the clinic rules this spring.

Opponents of the clinic rules said they are medically unnecessary and threaten the existence of some of Virginia's 18 abortion clinics.

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8:55 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Terry McAuliffe to Release His Energy Plan for Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made energy a key component of his administration, promoting natural gas through the state and encouraging efficiency in response to climate change.

Wednesday, the Democrat is expected to outline his energy vision in great detail when he releases his energy plan for the state. Like his predecessor, McAuliffe has promoted an "all of the above" approach to energy development.

In June, McAuliffe established the Virginia Energy Council to develop recommendations for the plan, which is submitted to the General Assembly.

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7:42 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Clamate Change: An Economic Issue in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is casting the work of his climate change commission as an economic development mission.

McAuliffe addressed the Climate Change and Resiliency Commission on Wednesday as the 30-plus members were sworn in.

McAuliffe made it clear he has no doubts about climate change and said how Virginia deals with rising seas will be critical to the state's economic future.

The state's coastal region is considered among the most vulnerable places to rising seas.

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7:55 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Virginia Climate Change Panel Holds First Meeting

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's climate change commission is gathering in Richmond for its inaugural meeting.

Created this summer, the Climate Change and Resiliency Commission will hear Wednesday afternoon from McAuliffe. The panel will also receive a report that outlines a number of recommendations aimed at sparing Virginia the full impact of rising seas.

The state's coastal region is especially vulnerable.

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8:15 am
Mon September 8, 2014

VA Gov. to Announce Expanding Health Care for the Poor

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to unveil his plan to increase health care coverage for the state's poor.

The Democratic governor will speak publicly Monday on his plans for health care expansion.

The governor unsuccessfully tried to persuade Republican lawmakers to expand Medicaid during this year's legislative session. The impasse led to a protracted stalemate over the state budget that ended with a GOP victory.

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7:44 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Oyster Tourism in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is connecting travelers to the state's popular oyster industry with the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the new tourism project on Tuesday at the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

The trail links visitors with Virginia oyster purveyors, and restaurants, raw bars and the long-standing watermen culture throughout the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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7:38 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Virginia Governor Initiates a Veterans Workforce Program

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new workforce development initiative with a focus on helping military veterans find jobs.

McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new initiative, which will be led by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.

The governor plans to ask 10,000 businesses to sign commitments for hiring veterans.

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7:55 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Virginia Governor Calls for Special Election to Replace Cantor

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called for a special election to replace former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

McAuliffe's office announced Tuesday that he had signed a writ of elections declaring November 4 a special election.

Cantor announced last week that he plans to leave office early and resign on August 18. He requested McAuliffe call a special election on November 4 - the same day as the general election - so that his successor could begin serving immediately.

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7:58 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Celebrating Wine in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The third annual Virginia Wine Summit will be held in Richmond in October.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says the summit will be held at the Jefferson Hotel on Oct. 21.

The event will bring wine experts and industry leaders from around the country to discuss, taste, and celebrate the state of Virginia's wine and food culture.

Panels, tastings, and discussions will be held throughout the daylong event.

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8:35 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Virginia Governor Restoring Voting Rights to Felons

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration has restored the voting rights of more than 2,500 Virginia felons since he's been in office.

In April, McAuliffe announced that he was making it easier for felons to regain their voting rights.

As part of that action, he reduced the waiting period for violent felons to apply for reinstatement from five years to three years.

McAuliffe also removed drug offenses from the list of violent crimes that are subject to the waiting period.

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8:51 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Sales Tax Free Weekend for School Supplies in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Friday and run through Sunday.

During the three-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20.

Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax.

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11:18 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Tornado Leaves 2 Dead, Three Dozen Injured at Virginia Campground

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A massive tornado ripped through the Cherrystone Campground on the Virginia Eastern Shore yesterday leaving two dead and 36 injured.

The category EF 1 tornado produced enough wind to blow over a tractor-trailer on Route 13.

Hail and wind also damaged fields and broke limbs that slammed into homes and cars.

A Virginia State Police said that a married couple Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega from New Jersey – both 38 years old – were killed when a tree fell on their tent.

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9:07 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Oyster Harvest in Virginia, Up Dramatically

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is marking its largest oyster harvest in more than 25 years.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday that the state's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year to the highest seen since 1987.

Over the past 12 years, Virginia's oyster harvest has increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to about 504,000 bushels last year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those grown in aquaculture farms.

The dockside value of the oyster harvest increased to $22.2 million last year, up from $16.2 million in 2012.

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12:35 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Shortfall in Virginia State Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia ended fiscal 2014 with a $438.5 million shortfall, a 1.6 percent drop from the year before.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration announced the shortfall Thursday. His office did not say whether the shortfall would lead to budget cuts.

The governor signed a budget last month that had anticipated a smaller budget shortfall for fiscal 2014 of about $350 million.

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9:06 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Virginia GOP Calls Special Session on Medicaid Expansion

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican legislative leaders are scheduling a special session in September to debate whether to expand Medicaid eligibility, something GOP lawmakers have already made clear they oppose.

House Speaker William J. Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment announced Wednesday the General Assembly will be back into session during the week of Sept. 22.

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7:42 am
Tue June 24, 2014

GOP Moves To Block Medicaid Expansion in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates has thrown out two of Governor Terry McAuliffe's line-item budget vetoes.

House Speaker William J. Howell ruled Monday tht McAuliff's vetoes were outside the scope fo the governor's authority.

The move effectively overrides the vetoes without the House having to vote on them.

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9:07 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Region's Governors Meet on Cleaning Up the Bay

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is hosting the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council.

The council is meeting Monday in Annapolis. The council is scheduled to sign an agreement to update a 14-year-old plan to guide restoration and conservation in the bay's six-state watershed.

Among the issues the plan covers is how the states and the federal government will address the impact of climate change on the nation's largest estuary.

A meeting is scheduled in the statehouse. That will be followed by a news conference at the Annapolis City Dock.

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