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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor has announced some $12 million in grants to protect almost 4,000 historically significant acres.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe' office said in a news release Thursday that nine projects will be funded with grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.

The grants include one to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe to support the acquisition of tribal lands along the James River, known to them as the Powhatan.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Polls have opened in Virginia as the state picks a new governor in a race that's being closely watched nationwide.

Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam have been locked in a heated race to succeed Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term. The contest is viewed by many as a referendum on President Donald Trump and a possible preview of the 2018 midterm elections. Libertarian Cliff Hyra is also running.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Council of Higher Education wants state lawmakers to approve funding for faculty pay increases and more financial aid.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the council is requesting $366.3 million in the next two-year state budget.

Of that amount, $171.5 million would be used for an increase in faculty pay and $66 million in additional financial aid for students in need.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will present his proposed budget to state lawmakers in December.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Tuesday is the last day Virginia voters can ask for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

Voters have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to request a ballot for the Nov. 7 election.

Virginia is one of only two states electing a new governor this year. Republican Ed Gillespie, Democrat Ralph Northam and Libertarian Cliff Hyra are vying to replace outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in Japan trying to lure more business to the Old Dominion.

McAuliffe's office announced Wednesday the governor was traveling to Japan for a four-day trade and marketing mission where he will meet with senior business executives.

McAuliffe is one of the most well-traveled governors in the country and this is his 33rd trade mission.

Virginia is home to nearly 70 Japanese companies and is the ninth largest export market for Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced another Virginia state grant to a craft brewery.

The governor's office announced Thursday that McAuliffe had approved a $100,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Growth Fund to Billsburg Brewery, which plans to open a new $1.4 million brewery in James City County.

The new brewery will be located near the Jamestown settlement, where the first Europeans settled in Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of Washington are headed to Canada together for a trade mission.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser are on a two-day trip to Toronto where they plan to promote tourism in the U.S. capital and surrounding area.

They plan to meet Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and U.S. Consul General Juan Alsace, among other meetings.

Canada is a major trade partner with all three jurisdictions. Hogan plans to extend his trip with a visit to Montreal.

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(AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has created a new commission to study racism and radicalization and what policy changes can be made to make the state more inclusive.

The commission is part of the governor's response to the deadly Aug. 12 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

McAuliffe signed the executive order Thursday creating the commission. His office has not yet announced who will be part of the new group.

The commission is also tasked with hosting events to "promote a public dialogue on unity and reconciliation."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing another craft brewery expansion in Virginia thanks to state help.

The governor's office announced Thursday that Stable Craft Brewing plans to spend $500,000 to expand its brewery in Augusta County.

The expansion is set to create 13 new jobs. McAuliffe approved a $15,000 state grant through the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which the county will match. Stable is also eligible for a state aide through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he is "most likely" to submit legislation to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's iconic Monument Avenue.

The Democratic governor also told reporters Monday that he is considering ways to prevent people from having weapons at highly charged demonstrations, such as the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. He did not offer details on what such move might look like, but has taken executive action in the past to limit where people can carry guns.

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