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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a new state budget that includes a pay increases for state employees, boosts cash benefits for welfare recipients and has more money for the governor to spend on economic development.

The Democratic governor signed the budget Thursday at the Capitol while touting his good working relationship with Republican leaders on the state's spending plan.

McAuliffe did not try and amend the budget that state lawmakers approved last month.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The governor of Virginia is calling for an investigation into the arrest of a college student who was shown in a photo with his face bloody as he was held down by an officer.

Charlottesville General District Court records show that Martese Johnson is charged with obstruction of justice without force and public swearing or intoxication. The Alcoholic Beverage Control agent who made the arrest, listed in court records as J. Miller, said in the arrest report that Johnson "was very agitated and belligerent."


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Environmentalists are criticizing an official from Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration for supporting federal legislation they say will hurt efforts to curb pollution from coal ash, a coal combustion byproduct.

Several environmental groups said they were upset that a McAuliffe administration official testified Wednesday before a U.S. House subcommittee in favor of a bill backed by electric utilities. Republican U.S. Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia is the bill's sponsor.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a new law that reins in the use of seclusion and restraint as methods of controlling children in public schools.

McAuliffe signed legislation Monday requiring the state Board of Education to develop regulations governing the use of the techniques across Virginia's 134 school divisions, according to the governor's spokesman.

The legislation had broad support from both chambers of the General Assembly.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to head to Cuba later this year as part of an economic development and trade mission.

McAuliffe made the announcement on Tuesday at the Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade in Richmond following remarks by Cuba's top diplomat in the U.S.

Media outlets report that the governor has five other economic development trips planned by the end of the year. He's looking to head to Cuba by the middle of the year, possibly in late spring.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that allows Virginia's two largest electric utilities to bypass regular base rate reviews for several years.

The governor signed the bill Tuesday saying it would be a "net positive" for Virginia. McAuliffe also signed an executive order directing various state agencies to ensure the implementation of parts of the new law aimed at increasing solar energy production and providing aid to low-income electric users.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State employees and public school teachers would get a small pay increase under new budget proposals.

Both chambers of the GOP-controlled General Assembly unveiled proposed budgets Sunday that include varying levels of raises for state workers between 1.5 percent and 3 percent.

The Senate is proposing slightly higher pay increases for state employees than the House.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe did not include across-the-board pay increases for state employees in the budget he proposed in December, but has said he supports them.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican-controlled General Assembly appear to agree they need to toughen Virginia's public ethics laws, but they disagree on how tough they should be.

Lawmakers have introduced dozens of ethics bills in the wake of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction on corruption charges last year. The first public airing of those proposals came Monday at a meeting of a House ethics subcommittee.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-controlled state Senate committee has defeated an attempt to repeal a 2012 law requiring a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound procedure first.
The Education and Health Committee rejected Sen. Mamie Locke's repeal bill Thursday on an 8-7 party-line vote.
Locke, a Hampton Democrat, called the ultrasound requirement an invasive, medically unnecessary impediment to women seeking a legal medical procedure.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Medical Society of Virginia support repeal of the law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for injuries he suffered on an African safari.

McAuliffe's office announced Thursday morning that the governor had been released from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond and has resumed a schedule of meetings and private events.

Several weeks ago McAuliffe was thrown from a horse during a family vacation in Tanzania and broke seven ribs. He entered VCU Medical Center on Monday after suffering shortness of breath.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Republican lawmaker is advocating for a bill that would make it illegal to perform an abortion on a woman who has been pregnant for 20 weeks or longer.

Del. Dave A. LaRock introduced legislation Thursday that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of medical emergencies.

The legislation is drawing the ire of abortion-rights groups. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made clear he will block efforts at limiting abortion rights.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is spending a second night in a Richmond hospital as he recovers from complications stemming from a horse-riding accident in Africa.

Spokesman Brian Coy said Tuesday that doctors have drained approximately 1 liter of blood from his chest cavity since he checked into VCU Medical Center on Monday. He says doctors are continuing to drain his chest of fluids.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted a conditional pardon that will allow a Virginia inmate to get treatment for his autism.
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the governor signed the pardon Tuesday, clearing the way for Reginald Latson's transfer to a secure treatment center in Florida.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A spokesman for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he is underwent a medical procedure after being thrown from a horse during a family trip and breaking seven ribs.

Spokesman Brian Coy says the governor was with his family in Tanzania over the Christmas holidays when the riding accident occurred.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates and opponents of gun control held dueling demonstrations at the Virginia Capitol as the perennial debate over the hot-button topic began anew.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pushing a package of gun control measures ahead of this fall's state legislative elections even though they stand little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Pro-gun forces held a rally Monday morning. Many attendees wore orange "Guns Save Lives" stickers and a speaker assailed McAuliffe and other gun-control advocates as "gun grabbers."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Senate panel has killed a proposal to raise Virginia's minimum wage.

The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor voted 11-to-3 Monday to table a proposal aimed at incrementally raising the state's minimum wage above the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

Proponents included liberal activists and labor officials. They said raising the state's current minimum wage would help low-income workers escape poverty.

While corporations have enjoyed growing profits rise, they argued that workers' wages have stagnated.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill to add sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes is dead in Virginia.

The Republican-controlled Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed the measure Wednesday at the state Capitol on a 7-7 vote.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Barbara Favola, an Arlington County Democrat. It would have added sexual orientation and gender identification to an existing state law requiring that hate crimes be reported to the State Police. The current law is limited to race, religion and ethnic origin.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off their 2015 session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

Entering his second term in office, Democrat McAuliffe will be seeking to make his mark on a General Assembly that's now firmly in control of Republicans following the surprise resignation of a Democratic senator last summer. He delivers his second Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for a Virginia inmate with autism and an IQ of 69 have asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to grant a conditional pardon so their client can get treatment.

Reginald Latson of Stafford County was sentenced last week to six months in jail for assaulting a correctional officer, one of three clashes he has had with law enforcement since 2010. He's been jailed twice and held for long periods in solitary confinement. The 23-year-old Latson's supporters attribute the incidents to an autism-related "fight or flight" reflex.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - December general fund revenues brightened considerably for Virginia.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Monday that revenues increased 13.1 percent last month from the previous year. The growth was primarily in payroll withholding and an extra deposit day, among other factors.

On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.8 percent. That's better than the revised annual forecast.

McAuliffe called the December numbers a strong showing. He said it signals gradual improvement to the state's economy.

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STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - A Virginia inmate with autism has pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting a correctional officer and plans to seek a pardon from the governor.

Reginald Latson entered the plea in Stafford County Circuit Court on Thursday and was sentenced to six months in prison.

Mental health and civil liberties advocates say the 23-year-old's intellectual disabilities have caused his three clashes with law enforcement since 2010 and had been jailed twice.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Mental health and civil liberties advocates are urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to intervene in the case of a Virginia inmate with autism who faces trial Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a correctional officer.

Reginald Latson's supporters and lawyers say he needs treatment, not punishment, for the intellectual disabilities that have caused three clashes with law enforcement since 2010. They have asked McAuliffe to grant conditional clemency so the 23-year-old Latson can be moved to a secure treatment facility in Florida that has agreed to accept him.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.