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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A U.S. law enforcement official says Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a subject of a federal investigation looking at donations to his gubernatorial campaign.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation. CNN first reported the story Monday.

Marc Elias, a lawyer for McAuliffe's campaign, said Monday that the governor, a Democrat, is unaware of any investigation but will cooperate if contacted.

Spokespeople at the FBI and Justice Department declined comment Monday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are asking the state's highest court to block more than 200,000 convicted felons from voting in November.

GOP leaders argue in a lawsuit that they are filing in the Virginia Supreme Court on Monday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order violates the separation of powers by effectively suspending the state's ban on felons.

They say governors can restore voting rights only on a case-by-case basis.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Supporters of an emerging subscription-based medical care are hoping Gov. Terry McAuliffe doesn't veto legislation designed to clarify that the practice is legal and does not need to be regulated like insurance.

The governor has until Friday to either sign or veto the legislation. His spokesman, Brian Coy, has declined to say what McAuliffe's plans are.

Known as direct primary care, patients pay their doctors monthly fees for unlimited primary care.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Canadians are the largest group of international tourists to the Old Dominion, spending $214 million here in 2014.

McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Canadian tourism is up 18 percent in 2014, with 600,000 Canadians visitors.

The governor and some of his top aides are on a trade and marketing mission to Canada, visiting Montreal and Toronto.

Air Canada recently began new nonstop service from Toronto Pearson Airport to Dulles International Airport.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is making changes to its anti-drunken driving ignition interlock program.

Ignition interlock devices require drivers to blow into them to start their cars to determine whether they have had too much to drink.

Under changes Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved this week, all ignition interlocks in Virginia will have to be equipped with cameras. That means that officials will be able to see if a driver gets another person to take the breathalyzer test for him or her.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's lagging revenues could delay a 3 percent pay raise scheduled for state employees and college faculty.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the pay raises could be affected if the state's revenues don't catch up to projections by the end of June.

Secretary of Finance Richard D. "Ric" Brown said Monday that revenue collections through April were trailing projections by 1.9 percent. The collections had also declined by 6.7 percent from the previous April.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says Virginia has taken a "nose dive" under Gov. Terry McAuliffe's leadership and is no longer economically competitive.

Haley attended an event in Richmond Tuesday hosted by 2017 Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie's political action committee.

Haley is a GOP rising star who said Tuesday that Gillespie would make Virginia competitive again.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, has made economic development a top priority, but Virginia has been hurt by a slowdown in federal spending.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to travel to Canada this week to promote Virginia business with a top importer.

McAuliffe's office said Monday the governor will head a four-day marketing tour starting Tuesday.

The governor will visit Toronto and Montreal during the trade mission.

He will also go to Boston.

Canada is a major trading partner with Virginia, importing more than $3.3 billion in manufactured goods in 2015.

McAuliffe said he plans to promote Virginia oysters, wine, craft beer and travel opportunities during the trip.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says 80 percent of more than 200,000 convicted felons whose voting and other civil rights he recently restored were convicted of nonviolent crimes.

The governor's office said Wednesday that an analysis of the 200,000 convicted felons also shows that African-Americans accounted for 46 percent, while blacks make up only 19 percent of the state's population.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Virginia say they plan to file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's action allowing more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November.
GOP leaders announced Monday that they have hired an attorney and will contest the governor's executive order, which restored the rights of felons to vote, run for office and sit on a jury.
Republicans have called the governor's action a political ploy designed to help his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton win votes in November.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Members of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's "Children's Cabinet" are heading to Virginia Beach to discuss policies that impact the state's kids.

The group will meet Monday to tour the Brock Environmental Center and discuss their goals and priorities for the remainder of the Democratic governor's term. Among other things, the group has focused on trying to reduce the number of students being referred to law enforcement.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia registrars are facing the challenge of verifying applications from convicted felons registering to vote after Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently restored their voting and other civil rights.

Media outlets report registrars say they've been unable to verify restoration of a felon's voting rights either on the Virginia Election Registration Information System or an online site operated by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Nearly 400,000 Virginia elementary and middle school students will take shorter Standards of Learning math tests this spring.

The state is expanding the use of computer-adaptive testing, which it says means shorter exams for students.

The Virginia Department of Education says the computer-adaptive version of the test third graders will take this year has just 32 items. Last year, the exam third graders took had 50 items.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for an autistic and intellectually disabled man claim in a federal lawsuit that he was treated inhumanely during nearly three years in Virginia jails and prisons.

According to the complaint, Reginald Latson was held in solitary confinement for months at a time, shocked with a stun gun and strapped for hours in a restraint chair after acting out because of his disabilities. His lawyers say Latson needed and deserved treatment, not punishment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's House of Delegates has approved a proposal that would allow the state to shield the identities of pharmacies that supply lethal injection drugs for executions.

The proposal backed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe initially fell several votes short of the support needed. But after Republicans pushed to reconsider the vote, it passed with a 59-40 vote. It heads to the Senate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general says he doesn't believe a proposal to allow the state to obtain lethal injection drugs from anonymous compounding pharmacies would violate federal law.

Republican Del. Jackson Miller had asked Attorney General Mark Herring for an opinion before lawmakers reconvene Wednesday to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposal.

In his opinion released late Tuesday, Herring rejected the argument that federal law allows pharmacies to compound drugs only with a valid prescription.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A coalition of several hundred religious leaders is urging Virginia lawmakers to reject a proposal to conceal the identities of pharmacies supplying drugs to be used in executions.

Several representatives of the interfaith coalition are scheduled to discuss their objections at a news conference Monday at the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

Lethal injection drugs have been hard to obtain in Virginia and other states. That situation prompted Del. Jackson Miller to propose allowing Virginia to use the electric chair if drugs aren't available.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed 32 bills this year, the most of any governor since 1998.

The Washington Post reports that McAuliffe, a Democrat, said he's fulfilling a promise to block restrictions to abortion, gay rights, and other liberal priorities. 

Republicans said McAuliffe's high number of vetoes shows that he and his staff are disengaged from the legislative process. Republicans control both chambers of the General Assembly.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proposed making significant changes to a bill that sought to allow the state to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair when lethal injection drugs aren't available.
The Democratic governor's amendment to the bill would give the state to power to compound lethal injection drugs needed for executions. It also would allow the state to keep secret the names of pharmacies that supply the drugs.  

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would require candidates for local office be identified on ballots by their party affiliation.

McAuliffe said Friday that the bill would inject partisanship into historically nonpartisan elections.

The governor's office said Virginia hasn't required local candidates to be identified by party since written ballots were adopted in 1870.

McAuliffe said lawmakers should not create new places for "partisan rancor" to "flourish."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Religious leaders are urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto a bill that would allow the state to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair.

Three hundred faith leaders from Virginia and across the county said in a statement Thursday that the electric chair is a "barbarous relic" that kills inmates with "unspeakable cruelty." They say they have a "moral responsibility" to preserve all lives, even those whose actions they "deplore."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation to allow people who are protected by a protective order to carry a hidden handgun without getting a permit.

McAuliffe said Thursday that the legislation would have encouraged victims of domestic abuse to introduce guns into already dangerous situations.

The governor, a Democrat, tried unsuccessfully earlier this year to amend the legislation. McAuliffe wanted people protected by a protective order to take a firearms safety class before they could carry a concealed weapon, among other changes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to allow certain school security officers to carry guns.

Republican Del. Scott Lingamfelter's bill would allow school security officers to carry a firearm if they're a retired law enforcement officer and have met certain training standards. The local school board would also have to agree to it. 

McAuliffe said in his veto message that the bill would expose students and schools to "unnecessary risk and potential harm" by allow people without adequate training to carry firearms in schools.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia will soon have an official state rock thanks to a group of community college students.

The News & Advance reports Nelsonite, named after Nelson County, officially will become the state rock July 1. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed the bill into law Friday.

Michelle Stanislaus and her classmates at Piedmont Virginia Community College worked to help convince legislators to name Nelsonite the state rock.

The project was collaboration between PVCC political science and geology classes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a trio of education-related bills he said would undercut state support for all public schools.

McAuliffe vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have allowed students at struggling schools to transfer to another school in the same school district.

Another bill would allow disabled students to use public school funding for private school or other items.

And a third bill would have created a new state board tasked with overseeing full-time virtual school programs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed GOP-backed legislation that would have prohibited state and local officials from releasing people from jail if federal immigration officials had requested they be detained.

The Democratic governor vetoed the legislation last week, saying it would unfairly treat immigrants "caught up in a broken immigration system."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Democratic governor has vetoed a bill that seeks to force schools to notify parents if their children will be assigned books with sexually explicit content.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in his veto message Monday that he believes it's inappropriate to interfere with local school board policy. He also said the bill is unnecessary because the Virginia Board of Education is already examining such a policy.

The bill received a 22-17 vote in the Senate, meaning there's likely not enough support to override the governor's veto.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newport News state Sen. John Miller has died.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office said it was notified Monday of Miller's death by Miller's family. McAuliffe issued a statement praising the 68-year-old Miller as "moderate voice" in the General Assembly.

The governor's office did not release details or the cause of death.

Miller is a former journalist who worked at WVEC television station. Miller also worked as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Paul Trible and at Christopher Newport University.

He was first elected to the state Senate in 2007.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will block an effort by lawmakers to prevent capital projects at colleges and universities from moving forward until he signs construction contracts to replace the General Assembly Building.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a Republican-backed bill that seeks to block state funding for Planned Parenthood.

The Democratic governor said he was proud to veto the legislation that would defund the women's health group, which performs abortions as well as well as providing other health services.

McAuliffe was joined at an event Tuesday by lawmakers and advocates. He said he needed to "smack down" the attempt to limit women's health rights.