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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has confirmed he's incentivizing Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon, to pick Virginia as its new East Coast site.

Multiple news outlets report that Deschutes is looking at different places for its first East Coast location. McAuliffe recently confirmed that he visited the brewery in mid-September to help entice the brewery to break ground in the commonwealth.

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Despite the flood warnings and watches for the region  there is an expectation that the rain will be less than at first forecast.

Initially it was expected to be as much as 11 inches but that has now dropped to 4-to-6 inches.
One reason is that Hurricane Joaquin is expected to pass by the region much further from the coast.

Still the path of the storm is not clear.

Much of the rain began to fall yesterday and is expected to continue through Saturday.


Local residents on the Eastern Shore take rain in stride.



RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has denied a last-minute attempt to delay the execution of a convicted serial killer who claims that he's intellectually disabled.

Alfredo Prieto's attorneys had asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so that the 49-year-old can be transferred to California. His lawyers there hope to argue that Prieto is ineligible for the death penalty because he's intellectually disabled.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says an energy developer has won a state permit to build an 80-megawatt solar array on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

McAuliffe's office says the project will quadruple the amount of solar energy currently in place in the state, and will be the largest in the Mid-Atlantic.

Community Energy is partnering with Amazon Web Services with a power purchase agreement for the energy. The power from the solar array in Accomack County will supply Amazon Web Services' facilities, including those in northern Virginia.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An aide to Virginia Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain says Obenshain will not be running for governor in 2017.

Nick Collette, a political director for Obenshain, said Monday that his boss has made a decision not to run for statewide office in 2017.

Obenshain narrowly lost the state attorney general election in 2013 and was widely viewed as a possible GOP gubernatorial candidate.

Collette said Obenshain had made the decision not to run for personal reasons.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities wants Gov. Terry McAuliffe to delay the execution of a man convicted of killing two George Washington students in 1988.

Alfredo Prieto's attorneys have asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so he can be transferred to California and assessed on whether he's intellectually disabled.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The administration of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has released a detailed internal investigative report into the bloody arrest of a University of Virginia student by three state liquor agents that prompted allegations of racism.

McAuliffe's administration said Tuesday that it was able to release the report because the three officers involved had waived protection of their personnel information.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Forty-five local tourism initiatives will share more than $796,000 in state matching grants.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the funding from the Virginia Tourism Corporation's Marketing Leverage Program on Monday. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of two to one. The governor's office says the result will be more than $3.3 million in new marketing to increase visitation to Virginia.

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For those engaged in commercial fishing, aquaculture and the horseshoe crab harvest in the Assateague Island National Seashore that activity could be banned.

Park superintendent Deborah Darden told the Chincoteague Town Council last week that she has been told these are activities that should be wound down.

She said that federal regulations say that if Congress does not specifically authorize such activity then it should be banned.

Darden noted that over the last half century that has not been observed.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to scale back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board voted 9-6 to give preliminary approval to amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The board also rolled back some construction standards for new facilities.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health will consider scaling back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board will consider amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says tourism revenues increased more than 4 percent from 2013 to $22.4 billion last year.

The governor said Monday that the tourism industry supported nearly 217,000 jobs and pumped more than $1.5 billion into the state and local economies in 2014. State and local revenues were up 5.6 percent from 2013.

Officials say the travel industry was the fifth largest private employer in the state last year and made up 7 percent of Virginia's total private employment. Domestic travelers spent $61 million a day in the state.

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(AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has arrived at WDBJ-TV studios in Roanoke to talk to the staff in private after two journalists were killed on air by a former co-worker.
The Friday visit comes two days after the attack during a live broadcast. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed.
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy the governor visitinig "with staff and share condolences.  "


The suspect in an on-air shooting at WDBJ-TV has has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a high speed chase down Interstate 64.

He has been identified by authorities as Vester Lee Flanagan a former report who was known professionally as Bryce Williams

Authorities say he died at around 1:30 p.m. around seven hours after shooting and killing two of his former colleagues.

Becky Coyner with dispatch and records at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said that 41-year-old Flanagan was from Roanoke.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are warning Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe not to reappoint his pick to the Virginia Supreme Court next month when her initial appointment expires.

Republicans issued a statement Tuesday suggesting such a reappointment would be "at best dubious and at worst unlawful."

But GOP leaders did not say what they would do if the governor does reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush, as he has said he plans to do.

Democrats foiled a GOP bid to unseat Roush Monday, and then unexpectedly adjourned the state Senate from a special session.

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Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush next month when her initial appointment expires.

McAuliffe told reporters his plans Monday after the state Senate adjourned from a special legislative session meant to produce a new state congressional map and settle a state Supreme Court appointment.

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Republican lawmakers have refused to interview a Virginia Supreme Court justice appointed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Members of a judicial selection subcommittee turned away Justice Jane Marum Roush on Monday before interviewing a Republican-backed candidate for the job: Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers and Democratic elected officials are asking Virginia's legislative Republican leaders to reconsider plans to replace a newly seated Virginia Supreme Court justice.
But GOP leaders say they're unmoved by those pleas. They say they still plan to replace Justice Jane Marum Roush with Rossie D. Alston Jr. during a special session that starts Aug. 17.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Roush late last month, to the displeasure of GOP leaders who said they were not properly consulted about the pick.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is helping lead a new national effort to give Democrats a greater say in drawing future congressional boundaries.

The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday that McAuliffe will be co-chairman of a new redistricting fund aimed at ensuring Democratic governors in key states hold power in 2020, when states will begin redrawing congressional maps.

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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.


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.