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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons after his previous attempt was blocked by the state's Supreme Court.

McAuliffe's announcement Monday came nearly a month after the court ruled that governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis. That ruling invalidated a previous executive order that had restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A major brewery is set for a $60 million expansion in Rockingham County.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week that MillerCoors will spend the money expanding its Shenandoah brewery, which serves markets in the Northeast.

MillerCoors will receive a $500,000 grant and be eligible for other incentives for the expansion, which should add 27 new jobs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a new 20-megawatt solar facility will be built in Northampton County.

The Democratic governor says once the utility-scale facility in Cape Charles is completed, it will produce enough energy to power more than 3,000 homes in the area.

The governor's office says Hecate Energy LLC received a permit for the 185-acre "Cherrydale Project" on Wednesday.

McAuliffe, who has pushed for investments in renewable energy to cut carbon emissions, says the project is a "significant step forward for the Eastern Shore."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Were four conservative justices "scared" to side against Republican leaders in the court's recent opinion on felon voting rights? Gov. Terry McAuliffe thinks so.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that McAuliffe blasted last month's 4-3 Supreme Court of Virginia ruling Monday during an appearance on a WIQO-FM radio show.

The court ruled the governor overstepped his authority when he restored the voting rights of 13,000 felons who had been stripped from the voter rolls.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will host his first ever summit for African-American business owners.

McAuliffe said the event, scheduled for Aug. 30 at Virginia Union University, will allow his administration to learn more about issues facing black-owned businesses.

The Democratic governor has tried to make it easier for African American-owned as well as other minority owned businesses to win state contracts.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration has released the names of the roughly 13,000 felons recently stripped from the state's voter rolls.

The Virginia Department of Elections recently cancelled their registrations after the state Supreme Court ruled that McAuliffe overstepped his authority when he restored their voting rights.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A tech company will expand its headquarters in Northern Virginia and create 368 new jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Applied Predictive Technologies is expanding its headquarters in Arlington County.

McAuliffe's office said Virginia beat out North Carolina and Washington, D.C., for the project.

The state will give APT, which makes software that helps analyze large amounts of data and whose clients include Walmart, Starbucks and other major companies, a $1.75 million grant.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says it has full faith in state Inspector General June Jennings despite allegations from her staff that she failed to investigate properly the death of a 24-year-old mentally ill inmate.

McAuliffe's office issued a statement Monday saying it had reviewed a complaint saying Jennings had inadequately investigated the death of Jamycheal Mitchell, who died in a Portsmouth jail cell in August after losing so much weight that his heart stopped.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Discount store Dollar Tree plans to spend $110 million to expand its Virginia headquarters.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the expansion Wednesday, saying it will create 600 new jobs in the next six years.

McAuliffe approved more than $9 million in grants for the expansion, which he said will help the state's economy.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is ramping up efforts to promote its agriculture and forestry products worldwide.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the state will open two new trade representative offices in Singapore and Dubai.

The state is also hiring a new Richmond-based staff member who will oversee the expanded trade effort. The state is spending $850,000 over the next two fiscal years on the initiative.

Virginia currently has representative offices in Canada, Latin America, Europe, India and China.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new solar energy project that will be built at Naval Air Station Oceana.

McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Dominion Virginia Power will build and operate an 18-megawatt facility on the base, and state government will buy all of the energy produced.

The project is part of McAuliffe's bid to increase the amount of solar energy the state procures. McAuliffe announced a similar public-private partnership with Dominion in March to build a 20-megawatt facility in Northern Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is launching a new grant program aimed at helping students get skills for high-demand jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says the New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant Program will make certain workforce credential training programs at community colleges cheaper for students.

The grants cover 124 community college training programs .

Students will be eligible to receive up to $3,000. If they complete a training program covered by the grants that costs $4,500, they'll pay just $1,500.

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Senator Barbara Mikulski capped her political career last night by nominating the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

Declaring that Hillary Clinton wants to break down barriers the Maryland Democrat placed the former Secretary of State’s name into nomination at the Democratic National Convention.

The longtime senator whose congressional career stretches back to 1976 was chair for Clinton’s first run for the presidency in 2008 against then Senator Barak Obama.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government is offering loans to help homeowners and businesses clean up after floods swept through parts of the state last month.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says the low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Businesses Association are available in the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Coutetourt, Craig, Rockbridge and the city of Covington.

Renters and groups like charities, churches and private universities can also apply.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of protesters streamed into Virginia's capital city to criticize the Democratic governor's energy policies, including his support for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Carrying signs that read "We won't pipe down," the group on Saturday also lambasted Gov. Terry McAuliffe's support for offshore oil drilling and for not trying to stop an electric company's release of treated coal ash water into rivers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Environmental groups and other advocates say there are more than 650 people from around the state who plan to attend a protest aimed at Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The protesters plan to rally at the executive mansion Saturday, and want McAuliffe to adopt stricter environmental control and landowner-friendly policies.

The groups want the governor to oppose two planned new pipelines in Virginia and to reject Dominion Virginia Power's plan to pump treated coal ash water into the state's rivers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said was a sharp drop in homelessness in the Old Dominion in the last year.

McAuliffe said at a Capitol news conference Wednesday that overall homeless in Virginia had dropped 10.5 percent, from 7,001 to 6,268.

That's compared to virtually no decrease between 2014 and 2015.

The figures are based on a count done in a single night in January each year.

McAuliffe attributed the drop to work done by the state and nonprofit agencies to combat homelessness.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A county prosecutor is suing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to force him to release the names of the felons whose civil rights have been restored.

Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the Loudoun County Circuit Court.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A textile manufacturer in Henry County plans to expand its operations and create 22 new jobs.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Solid Stone Fabrics is investing $1.5 million to expand operations in Henry County, which is in southwest Virginia.

McAuliffe said the state approved a $50,000 grant for the company, which is also eligible for other state incentives.

Virginia beat out California, Florida and New Jersey for the project, McAuliffe's office said.

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration is urging the Virginia Supreme Court to throw out a challenge to his restoration of voting rights to thousands of former felons. 

Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael argued Tuesday that the Republican lawmakers and other voters challenging his order have no legal standing because they haven't shown they've been harmed. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers are set to try again on a trio of bills that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed earlier this year.

GOP lawmakers announced they had pre-filed legislation on Monday, the first day to do so ahead of the 2017 General Assembly session.

The legislation includes a bill to allow school security officers to carry guns, a bill to clarify that subscription-based primary care service is not insurance and a bill to limit the influence of labor unions on small business franchises.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bipartisan group of governors is calling on Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership despite opposition from both leading presidential candidates.
 
The governors of Iowa, Virginia and Louisiana said Friday the agreement would help businesses export more products and create jobs.
 
They joined with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who's leading the Obama administration's efforts to sell the plan to skeptical lawmakers.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's advisory council on open records has argued that Gov. Terry McAuliffe shouldn't keep secret a list of felons whose voting rights are believed to have been restored.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council issued the opinion Tuesday, arguing that the list doesn't qualify as an executive working paper.

The list contains roughly 206,000 felons believed to meet the criteria of McAuliffe's rights restoration order.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to be named the next chairman of the National Governors Association.

The governor, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he is traveling to Des Moines, Iowa, this week for the NGA's annual summer meeting.

The nonpartisan group advocates on behalf of the governors.

McAuliffe is the current vice-chairman of the group, and said he will spend his coming year as chairman promoting the need for states to address cybersecurity concerns.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are trying to make it easier to sign residents up to vote.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that starting this month residents will be able to apply electronically for voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle service centers and mobile offices.

Residents have been able to apply to register to vote at DMV locations since 1996. They currently have to fill out a paper application, which is then sent to the Department of Elections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has picked a new secretary of agriculture and forestry for Virginia.

The Democratic governor said Thursday that Dr. Basil I. Gooden will take over for current Secretary Todd Haymore. Haymore is leaving to become secretary of commerce and trade.

Gooden has been serving as state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development for the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2014.

Prior to that, the Virginia native worked as chief deputy director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is telling state agencies to come up with specific ways Virginia can act to decrease carbon emissions from the state's power plants.

The governor signed an executive order Tuesday, saying Virginia's coastal areas are particularly vulnerable to climate change due to rising sea levels.

Republican lawmakers and McAuliffe have been at odds over who should have the authority to implement the state's portion of President Barack Obama's proposed carbon emission rules.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a response in a lawsuit filed by GOP leaders attempting to block more than 200,000 ex-felons from voting this fall.

Herring, a Democrat, asked the Virginia Supreme Court to throw out the Republican-led lawsuit on Monday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam now has the official backing of the Democratic Party's top state officials for his 2017 gubernatorial bid.

Northam's campaign said Saturday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Attorney General Mark Herring have all endorsed the lieutenant governor.

Herring announced last year he would run for re-election and not pursue the Executive Mansion.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order to restore voting rights to ex-felons may have included more than 100 sex offenders who've completed their sentences, but were deemed too dangerous to release.

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