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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police have concluded their review of an arrest that injured a University of Virginia student and prompted allegations of racism.

Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said Thursday that the report was submitted to the state secretary of public safety. She said police are not releasing the report because disclosure is not required under state law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican Party of Virginia is calling for an audit of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee.

Republican officials said Thursday that an outside agency should review donations to the governor's PAC to verify that there are no foreign donors.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he'll make a renewed push to expand Medicaid now that Republican primaries are over and the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

McAuliffe said Thursday in a conference call with reporters that the Republican lawmakers who have previously blocked Medicaid expansion will be more open to compromise during next year's legislative session.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking state lawmakers to meet in Richmond next week to hammer out a consensus on new congressional districts.

The Democratic governor sent a letter to legislative leaders Tuesday asking them to work together in a nonpartisan and transparent way to redraw Virginia's congressional maps ahead of a court-ordered special session on redistricting set for Aug. 17.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Regional leaders and federal officials are getting together to talk about cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday's annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council, chaired by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, will include an announcement of how officials plan to meet the goals of a federal-led bay cleanup agreement that was signed last year.

The agreement establishes pollution limits in the nation's largest estuary and sets goals for the bay to be fully restored by 2025

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's establishment of a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.

GOP lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that Virginia's criminal justice system works well and that reviving parole in Virginia would hurt victims of past crimes. They spoke just before the commission's first meeting.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A craft brewery in Richmond is expanding, creating 56 jobs in the process.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday the $28 million expansion of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Goochland County.

The investment over the next five years involves a new brewery complex to complement its Richmond location. The 60,000-square-foot brewery will include a taproom, an amphitheater and more.

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore says the expansion creates a "huge opportunity" to expand the craft beer supply chain in Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is rejecting calls from Virginia House Republican leaders for an investigation into how Planned Parenthood clinics handle fetal organs.

Republicans called for an investigation Thursday following an anti-abortion group's release of a video showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposal of body parts from aborted fetuses. The group said the video proves the organization is breaking federal law against selling human fetal tissue.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Southern heritage group that is fighting to keep the Confederate battle flag on Virginia license plates is holding its annual convention in the former capital of the Confederacy.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans began its five-day convention this week in suburban Richmond. The 120th gathering is expected to attract hundreds of members, and possibly some protests. A reception is planned at the White House of the Confederacy.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set a tentative date for a court-ordered special legislative session to redraw Virginia's congressional boundaries.
 
McAuliffe's office said Tuesday the governor has informed leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly that he intends to call a special session on Aug. 17.
 
A 2-1 ruling in June by a panel of judges directed the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by Sept. 1 to correct a 2012 redistricting plan the court found used race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries.
 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting higher-than-expected state tax revenues as a sign that Virginia's economy has recovered from the Great Recession.

McAuliffe said at a news conference Monday that the state's revenues were $553 million more than projected for the last fiscal year that ended in June.

The extra revenues, mostly due to income tax collections, will largely be set aside in the state's rainy day fund. The extra money means the state will be able to go ahead with pre-approved raises of 2 percent for state workers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is warning that efforts to remove references to the Civil War Confederacy are nearing the point of no return.

Answering questions during a news conference on Thursday in Annapolis, Hogan said he supported recalling Maryland license plates with the Confederate flag image, but reviewing Civil War statues or digging up Confederate cemeteries was "political correctness run amok."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is hailing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows about 285,000 Virginians to continue receiving federal subsidies on health insurance plans purchased through on a federal marketplace.
 
The Democratic governor says he hoped the ruling would allow state lawmakers to "put partisan politics aside" and expand Medicaid, another key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's forming a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.
 
McAuliffe said Wednesday on a monthly radio show that the commission will study whether Virginia is holding prisoners unnecessarily long and whether it's doing enough to rehabilitate criminals.
 

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Virginia's governor is moving to have the Confederate flag banished from state license plates.
 
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the decision Tuesday, citing the killings at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said states can restrict license plate designs.
 
Virginia vanity plates include one that pays homage to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia advisory panel is recommending that energy companies disclose the chemical ingredients they use in horizontal fracking, a type of natural gas drilling that has spawned environmental concerns.

The proposal is among 14 recommendations that have been sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for review.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A task force has issued 21 recommendations to combat sexual assaults on Virginia's college and university campuses.

The recommendations from the Task Force on Combating Sexual Violence were submitted to Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday. He created the panel last summer.

Many of the recommendations build on or complement existing programs and few require new legislation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has settled a lawsuit on favorable terms with a conservative political action committee he accused of engaging in a national fundraising scam.

Federal court papers filed last week show that Cuccinelli and the Arlington-based Conservative StrikeForce PAC reached a settlement that will prohibit the PAC from using a political candidate's name for future fundraising efforts against the candidate's wishes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's state revenues in April increased by more than 10 percent from a year ago.

Figures released Wednesday by McAuliffe's office show payroll withholding tax collections increased by 3.5 percent in April. Sales and use tax collections rose by 5.9 percent.

Collections of individual nonwithholding and corporate income taxes also increased.

Total revenue collections are up 7.5 percent so far this fiscal year. A budget approved in the 2015 legislative session projected 4.7 percent growth.

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration plans to identify and conserve at least 1,000 properties across Virginia by the end of the governor's term.

McAuliffe announced the Virginia Treasures initiative on Wednesday during a visit to Pocahontas State Park.

Properties considered as treasures include agricultural lands, habitat for rare or threatened plants and animals, trails, scenic byways, rivers and public gardens.

McAuliffe says the goal is conserve land and expand access to public outdoor recreation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly filed finance reports show Virginia Republican state lawmakers have a large cash advantage over their Democratic counterparts going into this year's campaign season.

But Democrats say they don't have as much in the bank because they're already spending it on efforts similar to what helped their candidates, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, sweep all three statewide offices in 2013.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's state revenues are higher than previously projected with March collections up nearly 12 percent higher than a year ago.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office released figures Monday showing that total revenue collections are up 7.1 percent so far this fiscal year. That's more than 2 percentage points higher than the growth projected in a budget lawmakers approved in the 2015 legislative session.

McAuliffe said the strong revenues are a sign that Virginia's economy is improving.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An email obtained by The Associated Press shows that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office rebuffed interview requests with a federal agent investigating the U.S. government's investor-visa program.

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General twice asked McAuliffe for an interview in the summer of 2014 but said in a recent report that the efforts were "unsuccessful." 

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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.

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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."

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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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