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12:40 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Repeal of Ultrasound Abortion Bill Fails in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-controlled state Senate committee has defeated an attempt to repeal a 2012 law requiring a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound procedure first.
 
The Education and Health Committee rejected Sen. Mamie Locke's repeal bill Thursday on an 8-7 party-line vote.
 
Locke, a Hampton Democrat, called the ultrasound requirement an invasive, medically unnecessary impediment to women seeking a legal medical procedure.
 
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Medical Society of Virginia support repeal of the law.

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11:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia Governor Released from Hospital

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been released from the hospital after receiving treatment for injuries he suffered on an African safari.

McAuliffe's office announced Thursday morning that the governor had been released from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond and has resumed a schedule of meetings and private events.

Several weeks ago McAuliffe was thrown from a horse during a family vacation in Tanzania and broke seven ribs. He entered VCU Medical Center on Monday after suffering shortness of breath.

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11:14 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Abortion Rights: Issue in Virginia Legislature

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Republican lawmaker is advocating for a bill that would make it illegal to perform an abortion on a woman who has been pregnant for 20 weeks or longer.

Del. Dave A. LaRock introduced legislation Thursday that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of medical emergencies.

The legislation is drawing the ire of abortion-rights groups. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made clear he will block efforts at limiting abortion rights.

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8:48 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Virginia Governor Spends Second Night in Hospital

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is spending a second night in a Richmond hospital as he recovers from complications stemming from a horse-riding accident in Africa.

Spokesman Brian Coy said Tuesday that doctors have drained approximately 1 liter of blood from his chest cavity since he checked into VCU Medical Center on Monday. He says doctors are continuing to drain his chest of fluids.

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8:21 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Virginia Autistic Inmate Gets Pardon and Treatment

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted a conditional pardon that will allow a Virginia inmate to get treatment for his autism.
 
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the governor signed the pardon Tuesday, clearing the way for Reginald Latson's transfer to a secure treatment center in Florida.
 

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8:14 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Virginia Governor Recovering from Medical Procedure

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A spokesman for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he is underwent a medical procedure after being thrown from a horse during a family trip and breaking seven ribs.

Spokesman Brian Coy says the governor was with his family in Tanzania over the Christmas holidays when the riding accident occurred.

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7:58 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Gun Control Draws Rallies in Virginia Capital

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates and opponents of gun control held dueling demonstrations at the Virginia Capitol as the perennial debate over the hot-button topic began anew.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pushing a package of gun control measures ahead of this fall's state legislative elections even though they stand little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Pro-gun forces held a rally Monday morning. Many attendees wore orange "Guns Save Lives" stickers and a speaker assailed McAuliffe and other gun-control advocates as "gun grabbers."

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7:48 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Minimum Wage Hike Dies in Virginia Legislature

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Senate panel has killed a proposal to raise Virginia's minimum wage.

The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor voted 11-to-3 Monday to table a proposal aimed at incrementally raising the state's minimum wage above the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

Proponents included liberal activists and labor officials. They said raising the state's current minimum wage would help low-income workers escape poverty.

While corporations have enjoyed growing profits rise, they argued that workers' wages have stagnated.

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8:24 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Adding Sexual Orientation to Hate Crime List in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill to add sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes is dead in Virginia.

The Republican-controlled Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed the measure Wednesday at the state Capitol on a 7-7 vote.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Barbara Favola, an Arlington County Democrat. It would have added sexual orientation and gender identification to an existing state law requiring that hate crimes be reported to the State Police. The current law is limited to race, religion and ethnic origin.

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7:57 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Virginia Governor Kicks Off Legislative Session

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off their 2015 session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

Entering his second term in office, Democrat McAuliffe will be seeking to make his mark on a General Assembly that's now firmly in control of Republicans following the surprise resignation of a Democratic senator last summer. He delivers his second Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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7:48 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Attys Request Conditional Pardon for Autistic Inmate in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for a Virginia inmate with autism and an IQ of 69 have asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to grant a conditional pardon so their client can get treatment.

Reginald Latson of Stafford County was sentenced last week to six months in jail for assaulting a correctional officer, one of three clashes he has had with law enforcement since 2010. He's been jailed twice and held for long periods in solitary confinement. The 23-year-old Latson's supporters attribute the incidents to an autism-related "fight or flight" reflex.

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8:43 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Revenue Up in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - December general fund revenues brightened considerably for Virginia.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Monday that revenues increased 13.1 percent last month from the previous year. The growth was primarily in payroll withholding and an extra deposit day, among other factors.

On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 6.8 percent. That's better than the revised annual forecast.

McAuliffe called the December numbers a strong showing. He said it signals gradual improvement to the state's economy.

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10:54 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Autistic Man Seeks Pardon in Clash with Police

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STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - A Virginia inmate with autism has pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting a correctional officer and plans to seek a pardon from the governor.

Reginald Latson entered the plea in Stafford County Circuit Court on Thursday and was sentenced to six months in prison.

Mental health and civil liberties advocates say the 23-year-old's intellectual disabilities have caused his three clashes with law enforcement since 2010 and had been jailed twice.

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7:38 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Autistic Inmate Supporters Urge Treatment Not Punishment

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Mental health and civil liberties advocates are urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to intervene in the case of a Virginia inmate with autism who faces trial Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a correctional officer.

Reginald Latson's supporters and lawyers say he needs treatment, not punishment, for the intellectual disabilities that have caused three clashes with law enforcement since 2010. They have asked McAuliffe to grant conditional clemency so the 23-year-old Latson can be moved to a secure treatment facility in Florida that has agreed to accept him.

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10:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Easing Voting Restrictions for Ex-Felons in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is taking additional steps to make it easier for convicted felons to regain their voting rights.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced policy changes Thursday that will shorten the application process for people convicted of more serious crimes. The changes include eliminating notarization, letters to the governor and other requirements. The application was reduced from 13 pages to one.

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7:59 am
Thu December 18, 2014

No Big Gifts for Virginia Governor

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he has not received any big-ticket gifts since taking office this year, a notable departure from what was commonplace under past administrations.

A list of gifts received by McAuliffe was included in the governor's recently filed statement of economic interest. The list shows the governor accepted mostly trinkets related to trade missions. The statement says he didn't receive access to vacation homes or tickets to sporting events that were frequently given to previous Virginia governors.

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7:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

VA Governor Makes Budgetary Increase Request

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

The governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state's biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers.

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9:24 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Virginia Panel Votes Review of Abortion Clinic Regulations

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to revisit Virginia's hotly debated abortion clinic regulations.

The board voted 13-2 at a Thursday meeting attended by hundreds of opponents and proponents of the regulations established under the McDonnell administration.

Dr. Marissa Levine, the new state health commissioner appointed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, has recommended that the board amend the regulations.

The affirmative vote would start a regulatory process that could take up to two years.

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11:17 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Liquor Price Hikes Delayed in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A move to raise prices for liquor in Virginia is being delayed due to an outdated provision in state law that addresses price markups.
 
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Wednesday to delay and change the pricing adjustments. The adjustments are part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to plug a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year state budget.
 
Last month, the board approved plans to raise prices on miniature bottles and double the $1 case handling fee. Those hikes are being delayed until Dec. 16.
 

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9:20 am
Wed December 3, 2014

VA Governor Extends Coastal Management Program

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order that continues the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

McAuliffe signed the order Tuesday in Hampton.

The program is a network of state agencies and local governments that's designed to protect the natural and economic assets in Virginia's coastal regions.

The Department of Environmental Quality serves as the lead agency for the program.

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8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Perilous Economy Endangers Virginia Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's economy is in a "very perilous" situation with potential federal defense cuts looming.

McAuliffe says he's open to considering eliminating tax relief programs in order to balance the state budget.

He and state lawmakers met with heads of several large companies Monday to discuss the state's economic outlook.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones says the executives told lawmakers to be cautious in their budgeting for next year.

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11:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Fighting Childhood Hunger in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new panel aimed at reducing childhood hunger while promoting proper nutrition and Virginia agriculture.

McAuliffe signed an executive order Thursday establishing the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide.

He named his wife, Dorothy McAuliffe, as the new council's chairman.

The governor said the council will work to make sure that Virginia pursues every federal dollar currently available that promotes nutrition and healthy living.

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8:58 am
Thu November 20, 2014

VA Reviews Rocket Deal after Explosion at Wallops

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials plan to re-examine a spaceport deal with Orbital Sciences Corp. following a rocket explosion that damaged a state-owned launch pad.

Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne Jr. tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration may seek to renegotiate the deal.

McAuliffe also has asked U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine to look for federal funds to help pay for repairs.

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7:40 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Scientists Offer Help for Virginia on Carbon Reduction

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Fifteen climate scientists from five Virginia universities are offering to help Gov. Terry McAuliffe develop the state's plan for meeting federal carbon reduction goals.

In a letter Monday, the scientists also told McAuliffe that Virginia is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change.

They offered to help the governor draft Virginia's response to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which sets state-specific goals for carbon reductions from existing power plants.

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7:59 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sadness & Support from Officials to Explosion at Wallops

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Reaction from elected officials to the rocket explosion at Wallops Island was one of sadness but also support for the private space venture.

Maryland’s Senior Senator Barbara Mikulski said that despite the disaster she remains a strong supporter of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

She said she was thankful that no one was hurt this week and that the explosion reminds us that rocketry is still hard.

The Antares rocket was carrying 5-thousand pounds of cargo to resupply the International Space Station.

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11:27 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Energy Efficiency: Top Priority for VA Governor

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is stressing energy efficiency throughout Virginia state government.

The Democrat signed an executive order on Thursday to reduce the energy footprint of state government, and named a chief energy officer to oversee the effort.

McAuliffe has made energy efficiency a cornerstone of his four-year energy plan released this month. The executive order instructs executive branch agencies, authorities and departments to actively pursue energy efficiencies. The order extends to higher education, as well.

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9:11 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Over 500 State Jobs Could Be Cut in Virginia Budget Shortfall

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is planning to lay off 565 state workers and raise the prices of distilled spirits at state-owned liquor stores as he aims to close a state budget shortfall.

McAuliffe detailed his plans Wednesday as part of an effort by state officials to bridge a $2.4 billion budget gap.

McAuliffe said most of the layoffs would come from the Department of Corrections, which will close multiple facilities. It also will delay the opening of a women's correctional center.

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8:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Virginia Abortion Clinic Building Restrictions Reviewed

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's health commissioner is recommending that the state look anew at regulations enacted under the McDonnell administration that established hospital-style building requirements for abortion clinics.

In a letter Wednesday to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Dr. Marissa Levine recommends that the requirements be reviewed and updated.

McAuliffe ordered the regulatory review of the clinic rules this spring.

Opponents of the clinic rules said they are medically unnecessary and threaten the existence of some of Virginia's 18 abortion clinics.

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8:55 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Terry McAuliffe to Release His Energy Plan for Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made energy a key component of his administration, promoting natural gas through the state and encouraging efficiency in response to climate change.

Wednesday, the Democrat is expected to outline his energy vision in great detail when he releases his energy plan for the state. Like his predecessor, McAuliffe has promoted an "all of the above" approach to energy development.

In June, McAuliffe established the Virginia Energy Council to develop recommendations for the plan, which is submitted to the General Assembly.

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7:42 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Clamate Change: An Economic Issue in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is casting the work of his climate change commission as an economic development mission.

McAuliffe addressed the Climate Change and Resiliency Commission on Wednesday as the 30-plus members were sworn in.

McAuliffe made it clear he has no doubts about climate change and said how Virginia deals with rising seas will be critical to the state's economic future.

The state's coastal region is considered among the most vulnerable places to rising seas.

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