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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a Virginia inmate convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006 are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life.

William Morva's attorneys said Tuesday that they have filed a clemency petition urging the Democratic governor to stop the man's execution scheduled for July 6. His attorneys say jurors didn't know that Morva suffers from a severe mental illness that they say led to his crimes.

They're asking McAuliffe to commute his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than $83 million in grants is going to Virginia localities, organizations and state agencies to support programs and services related to the criminal justice system.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a new agreement with a state in Mexico to explore trade agreements and taking a jab at President Donald Trump.

McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Virginia and the Mexican state of Baja California had signed a memorandum of understanding to foster trade. The announcement came as McAuliffe met with Mexican business leaders at an event in Washington.

The governor, a Democrat, said on Twitter that in Virginia "we build opportunities NOT walls!"

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The largest plumbing wholesaler in the United States says it's spending $83 million to expand its operations in Newport News.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that the move by Ferguson would create 434 new jobs.

McAuliffe approved a $2 million grant for the company, which will be eligible for a host of other state incentives.

The governor said Virginia competed against several other states for the project, which will also help retain more than 1,000 jobs.

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Governor John Carney announced that the First State has joined the coalition to fight climate change despite the decision by the Trump administration to pull out of the Paris climate accords.

In his statement Carney noted that Delaware is one of the most vulnerable to sea level rise with 381 miles of coastline.

He said that this could affect 17-thousand homes and 500 miles of roadways.

Delaware becomes the ninth state to join the U.S Climate Alliance consisting of states, Puerto Rico and local governments.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Virginia and its information technology agency over the state's attempt to end a 13- year contract.

Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the aerospace and defense company filed the lawsuit Friday, seeking damages of more than $10 million. The lawsuit alleges the state sabotaged a settlement reached with officials in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the lawsuit is without merit and the governor is disappointed in Northrop Grumman's performance.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Another Virginia craft beer company is announcing expansion.

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery said recently it is planning to spend $14 million to open a new brewery in Lynchburg and expand its current facility in Goochland County.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved $300,000 in state grants for the expansion.

Virginia's craft beer scene is rapidly growing, and the state has invested millions in goosing the industry along.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has pardoned a minor driving offense committed years ago by an immigrant mother of two, saying he hopes this will help prevent her deportation by President Donald Trump's administration.

The case of 30-year-old Liliana Cruz Mendez of Falls Church has become emblematic of tougher immigration policies under Trump.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican state senator running for governor is planning to call a legislative hearing to investigate Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants.

Sen. Frank Wagner tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch that he will convene an emergency meeting of the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules within a few weeks to question McAuliffe administration officials on the executive order. Wagner has said he will do everything in his "legislative authority" to stop the governor's power plant plan.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor has helped launch a $5 million runway dedicated to drone research and development on the Eastern Shore.

The office of Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a press release Thursday that he also flew in an aircraft that can be piloted remotely.

The Daily Press reports that NASA Wallops Flight Facility says the governor wouldn't use the new runway, but on one of NASA's larger airstrips on its main base a few miles away. A pilot was aboard the plane as backup.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a state plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants, a plan similar to a federal policy President Donald Trump has vowed to roll back.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday that begins developing regulations on carbon emissions. He says the federal government has abdicated its job fighting climate change.

Trump has promised to scrap the Clean Power Plan, a centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce harmful emissions.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The FBI has raided the office of a Republican consulting firm in Maryland in connection with an investigation into the 2013 Virginia governor's race.

The FBI confirmed Thursday it served a search warrant in Annapolis, Maryland, but declined to elaborate. Kelley Rogers, president of Strategic Campaign Group, told reporters the investigation relates to work the consultant did for former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the GOP's 2013 gubernatorial candidate.

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Dorothy McAuliffe, the wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, says she won't run for Congress.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia court is expected to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006.

The Montgomery County Circuit Court is scheduled to hold a hearing via teleconference on Tuesday to set an execution date for William Morva. Attorney General Mark Herring's office is seeking a July 6 execution date.

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - A regional summit of local governments to address opioid abuse is taking place in Maryland.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is holding its Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, on Tuesday.

Officials will talk about aspects of understanding and fighting the opioid crisis. They also will discuss public safety response, treatment and other topics.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers are rejecting pro-labor and pro-Medicaid expansion tweaks Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried to make in the state budget through vetoes.

House Speaker William J. Howell said Wednesday that he'd directed the House clerk not to include the attempted vetoes in the final enrolled version of the budget, saying they were invalid.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's restored voting rights to more felons who have completed their sentences than any other governor.

McAuliffe announced Thursday he's restored voting and other civil rights to 156,000 felons, surpassing a total set by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's administration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is praising nine individuals or organizations he says have made outstanding efforts to volunteer.

The governor recently honored recipients of the Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards at the executive mansion.

They include GrandInvolve of Fairfax County, which pairs older adults with elementary school students and Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries of Chesterfield County, which provides free meals to the hungry through a mobile food cart.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to spare the life of a death row inmate came down to concerns about the fairness of his trial, not doubts about his guilt.

For weeks, supporters of Ivan Teleguz urged McAuliffe to halt his execution because they believe he may be innocent.

Teleguz was scheduled to be put to death next week, but on Thursday, McAuliffe commuted his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Democratic governor is facing mounting pressure to halt next week's scheduled execution of an inmate whose case has seen two witnesses recant, years after he was convicted of ordering his ex-girlfriend's killing.

Ivan Teleguz is scheduled to receive a lethal injection April 25 unless granted clemency by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe is Catholic. He's said he personally opposes capital punishment but will uphold the law as governor. He hasn't stopped an execution during his tenure.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than two dozen conservatives are the latest group calling on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare the life of a death row inmate who claims he's innocent.

Among the conservatives urging McAuliffe to halt Ivan Teleguz's execution in a letter is Brent Bozell III, president of the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center. Others include former Republican Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley and a former executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's cabinet officials are hitting the road as part of an annual effort to increase their visibility around the state.

This year's "Cabinet on the Road" takes place this week in the Hampton Roads area.

The governor, his wife and several of his top aides will take part in various events.

That includes Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward touring a crab-picking house in Hampton and Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore visiting a brewery in Virginia Beach.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Council of Churches is urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to halt the execution of an inmate convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend.

The group plans to deliver a letter to McAuliffe Monday asking him to spare 38-year-old Ivan Teleguz's life.

Teleguz is scheduled to be executed on April 25. He was convicted in 2006 of hiring a man to kill Stephanie Sipe in Harrisonburg.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new law in Virginia will ensure that sexual assault victims are notified when the state completes the analysis of their rape kit.

The bill backed by Attorney General Mark Herring requires law enforcement to contact victims or their family members when they finish testing a PERK kit. Victims will also be able to get any law-enforcement analysis of the kit.

The new law was one two measures Gov. Terry McAuliffe highlighted during a ceremonial bill signing on Thursday. The Democratic governor signed the bills into law last month.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments to legislation they passed earlier this year.

Lawmakers will also consider the governor's tweaks to the state budget at the so-called "veto session" on Wednesday.

The governor, a Democrat, vetoed 40 pieces of legislation on hot-button social issues like guns, abortion and immigration. The Republicans who control the General Assembly do not have the super majorities required in both chambers to overturn a veto.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new study has found Virginia's solar job market grew 65 percent in 2016.

The Solar Foundation's report said Virginia is tied for ninth in country for fastest solar job growth last year and there were more than 3,200 solar jobs in the state last year.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe praised the report's finding, saying it was a testament to his administration's focus on solar energy.

Much of the growth in solar energy in Virginia has been driven by large tech companies that are trying to be carbon neutral in their energy usage.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - One of the largest family owned dairy producers in the country will spend more than $40 million to expand its milk manufacturing operation in August County.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Shamrock Farms is also planning to boost its purchase of Virginia milk. The expansion will create 70 new jobs, the governor's office said.

The company will receive two $400,000 grants as well as other tax exemptions and state incentives.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is encouraging eligible high school students to register to vote.

The governor declared the week starting April 23 as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week.

In Virginia, a 17-year-old can register to vote as long as he or she will be 18 on or before the next general election.

Any Virginia school that gets more than 65 percent of its eligible voters registered will get a certificate from McAuliffe.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is renewing his push to expand Medicaid coverage, saying state Republicans have no excuses left after President Donald Trump's failed bid to repeal Obamacare.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he wants to reinstitute a law limiting gun sales to one handgun a month.

The governor, a Democrat, said Monday he was adding an amendment an unrelated bill related to concealed carry permits to include a provision reinstituting a 1993 one-handgun-a-month law.

McAuliffe's proposal has little chance of passing the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

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