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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Four former sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and murder have asked Virginia's governor to declare them innocent. Attorneys for the ex-sailors known as the "Norfolk Four" told The Associated Press that the men filed a request for absolute pardons this week with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. A spokesman for McAuliffe said he has received the requests and will review them carefully. The Norfolk Four drew...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state's economy is improving and he won't have to cut as much from the state budget as previously thought. McAuliffe told reporters Monday that he and other state officials are "cautiously optimistic" about the direction of the state's economy, in part because of an increase in state payroll tax revenues in recent months. The governor made the comments following a private meeting with state budget officials and business leaders. This...

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Virginia is preparing to expand the tunnel that connects Hampton Roads to the state's Eastern Shore. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that the $756 million project to expand the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will be funded primary through federal and state bonds. Workers will build an additional two-lane tunnel under the Thimble Shoal Channel, west of the existing bridge-tunnel. Construction is expected to begin next fall. McAuliffe says the new tunnel will improve...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is trying to help veterans get jobs in the cybersecurity industry. That's the goal of a new initiative in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration called "Cyber Vets Virginia." Veterans interested in working in the cyber field in the state will have the opportunity to participate in a free cyber training program. The administration says the 12-to-15-week training will be done mostly online but have weekly classroom sessions. Registration will begin in January and...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Donald Trump's surprise victory has upended Virginia politics. It diminished the star power of the state's top Democrats and turned the political calculations of the already-in-progress 2017 gubernatorial race upside down. That race is likely to be the most closely watched election in the country next year. A Hillary Clinton victory would have given a giant boost to top Democrats in Virginia. Running mate Tim Kaine was set to be the next vice president and longtime...

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump is accusing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe of acting "illegally" to return voting rights to convicted felons who've served their sentences. The GOP nominee tells supporters at a midnight rally in the state that the governor is "letting criminals cancel out the votes of law-abiding citizens." He's imploring his supporters to get out to vote. He says, "We are going to have one of the great victories of all time," comparing it to the "Brexit" vote by The UK to leave...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia's Medicaid program will need an additional $281 million in the current two-year budget.

Local news organizations report that the cost projection was disclosed to legislative budget leaders on Tuesday, two months after Gov. Terry McAuliffe revealed a $1.48 billion revenue shortfall.

The McAuliffe administration says the forecast is driven primarily by higher costs for services to the elderly and disabled.

Republican leaders,...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting the state's growing oyster business and declaring November Virginia Oyster Month. McAuliffe's office said Wednesday that more than 135 million oysters were planted in Virginia in 2015, a 27 percent increase from the year before. The governor said oyster tourism is increasing in Virginia, which boats eight distinct oyster growing regions. Virginia started a state oyster trail last year to boost tourism. The Old Dominion's oyster...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state government has a new website designed to help battle opioid and heroin addiction. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday the creation of VaAware.com , which he said was an informational tool for the public, health care practitioners and law enforcement officials. Opioid deaths in Virginia have risen dramatically in recent years. In 2015, there were 801 deaths, a nearly 50 percent increase since 2012. The website was recommended by McAuliffe's newly created...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Board of Health has voted to scale back strict building codes and other rules governing the state's abortion clinics. Monday's vote reversed regulations enacted under former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. They required facilities to follow hospital-like outpatient standards and other rules. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar regulations in Texas in June. Abortion rights groups such as Progress VA hailed the Virginia board's vote. They said the rules...

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor says low-income residents in two cities will soon enjoy the first toll-relief program of its kind in the country. According to the Daily Press Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Portsmouth and Norfolk residents who earn less than $30,000 a year can qualify for discounts when taking the Midtown and Downtown tunnels in Virginia's Tidewater region. The discount is for 75 cents. To get it, drivers must use one of the tunnels at least eight times per month and...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was among those being considered by Hillary Clinton to be her running mate. McAuliffe was among nearly 40 elected officials, military leaders and corporate CEOs considered in the spring for the vice presidential nominee by the Clinton campaign. The list was included among hacked emails from Clinton's campaign chairman disclosed by WikiLeaks. McAuliffe is a friend of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Clinton ultimately...

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - For some neighborhoods in Virginia Beach, the long recovery from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew is just beginning. On Saturday, emergency management crews and other officials toured several communities where homes were damaged. Virginia Beach emergency manager Erin Sutton says the teams saw more than 600 homes, and about 100 sustained major damage. Some had more than a foot of water inside. Many homeowners whose property was damaged did not have flood...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a series of budget measures that includes canceling pay raises, trimming the state's payroll, and using the state's rainy day fund. McAuliffe announced the measures Thursday at the Capitol, adding that he'd had to make difficult decisions and there may me more to come. The state is facing a potential $1.5 billion budget shortfall due to lower-than-expected income and sales tax collections. To address the shortfall, McAuliffe is...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican state delegate wants Virginia's head elections official replaced ahead of Election Day. Del. Tim Hugo said at a Capitol hearing Thursday that Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes isn't up for the job and his department is letting down the state's local officials who run elections. Hugo's comments came after several county election registrars complained about the state's shoddy I.T. infrastructure and officials in Cortes' office being...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is challenging state employees to raise $4.3 million during their annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. McAuliffe kicked off the campaign this week and set a goal that's 5 percent higher than the $4.1 million donated by state employees last year. State employees have donated nearly $47 million to more than 1,000 charities since the campaign began in 1997. Donations have helped children, veterans and people without permanent housing as well as...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to announce actions to close a state budget shortfall. The governor is set to make an announcement Thursday at Capitol Square. McAuliffe announced a $1.5 billion budget shortfall in August, which has threatened planned raises for state employees and required state agency heads to come up with proposals for cutting their budgets by 5 percent. The governor has previously warned Virginia lawmakers to brace for "tough decisions ahead"...

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The 2nd Annual Capital Region Business Forum is taking place in the nation's capital, where the governors of Maryland and Virginia will gather to talk about economic issues. It's taking place in Washington on Wednesday. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will join Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser to discuss economic issues impacting the Mid-Atlantic. The event at the Washington Hilton will bring leaders together to talk about issues like...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to ensure Virginia agencies can help the states bearing the brunt of Hurricane Matthew.

Forecasters say Virginia will be spared the worst of the storm that scraped Florida's Atlantic coast early Friday. Virginia could still see some heavy rain from the Hurricane and experience flooding in coastal areas.

McAuliffe says his emergency order will help get crews, equipment and supplies into states...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Twenty-three environmental activists are facing misdemeanor trespassing charges after holding a protest outside Gov. Terry McAuliffe's mansion. The activists were on the final day of a three-day protest calling on McAuliffe to oppose proposed natural gas pipelines and push for stricter state requirements related to disposing coal waste byproduct. They were cited with trespassing Wednesday after blocking the gate to the governor's mansion. McAuliffe, a Democrat, relied...

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Virginia death row inmate convicted of hiring another man to kill his ex-girlfriend is planning to ask Gov. Terry McAuliffe to halt his execution. The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear Ivan Teleguz's appeal. Attorney Michael Williams said in an email that Teleguz will now ask the Democratic governor for clemency. Williams said McAuliffe will decide "whether to prevent the Commonwealth from executing an innocent man." A McAuliffe spokesman didn't immediately respond...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- In the span of a year, the cost for the state of Virginia to obtain lethal injection drugs has leapt from about $525 per execution to $16,500.

The price rose after the General Assembly passed a law allowing the state to buy execution drugs from compounding pharmacies whose identities are secret.
The law, which took effect July 1, was passed after lawmakers feared executions in the state would grind to a halt as pharmaceutical companies stopped...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Environmental activists are set to start a three-day protest outside Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office. Activists plan a Monday news conference to call on McAuliffe to oppose proposed natural gas pipelines and push for stricter state requirements related to disposing coal waste byproduct. The activists will then have a three day picket line outside the governor's office. McAuliffe, a Democrat, relied heavily on the environmental community in his successful 2013...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's restored voting and other civil rights to more than 60,000 felons since taking office. The Democratic governor made the comments Wednesday during an interview WTOP radio. That means McAuliffe has restored voting rights to about 42,000 felons since the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in July that his blanket restoration of rights to more than 200,000 felons was unconstitutional. McAuliffe began restoring rights again under a new process...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials say roughly 91 percent of high school students in the state who started ninth grade in 2012 earned their diploma in four years. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says 91.3 percent of the roughly 95,000 students in the class of 2016 received a diploma. That's up from 90.5 percent of students who graduated on time in 2015. McAuliffe's office says more than half of the students that graduated this year received the state's more rigorous diploma. Among black students,...

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Danville brewery is set to receive more than $180,000 in state and local funds. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Tuesday that Ballad Brewing will receive a $90,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Growth Fund, and matching funds from the city. The governor has been active in luring craft breweries to Virginia. California-based Stone Brewing Co. and Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery have both selected Virginia as their East Coast homes during the McAuliffe...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is giving schools extra money to help support year-round and extended-year school programs.

The governor's office announced Wednesday that McAuliffe has awarded more than $7.7 million to 66 schools.

The General Assembly created the Extended School Year Grant Program after a legislative commission found that students in struggling schools do better with longer school years.

McAuliffe said the grant distributions...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia students received 5 million more school breakfasts during the 2015-2016 school year than they did the year before. The Democratic governor says schools that received state funding for school breakfast programs experienced a 13.6 percent increase in participation on average. His administration secured $537,000 during the 2015 legislative session to help 244 schools serve breakfasts. Another $2 million in funding was approved during the...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is set to receive $9.5 million in federal grants to help improve water and sewer infrastructure as well as housing rehabilitation and other projects. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office recently announced that 13 projects around the state will receive federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant program. The projects include road projects and downtown revitalization programs. The largest grant, of $1.4 million, is for a water supply project in the town...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Senate Majority Leader says he will introduce a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights for some felons, and set new barriers for others. Republican Thomas K. Norment's announcement Thursday is the latest salvo fired in the battle between the GOP and Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe over restoring voting rights for felons. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Norment's proposal would automatically restore voting rights for some non...

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