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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's restored voting and other civil rights to more than 60,000 felons since taking office.

The Democratic governor made the comments Wednesday during an interview WTOP radio.

That means McAuliffe has restored voting rights to about 42,000 felons since the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in July that his blanket restoration of rights to more than 200,000 felons was unconstitutional.

McAuliffe began restoring rights again under a new process after the court ruling.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials say roughly 91 percent of high school students in the state who started ninth grade in 2012 earned their diploma in four years.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says 91.3 percent of the roughly 95,000 students in the class of 2016 received a diploma. That's up from 90.5 percent of students who graduated on time in 2015.

McAuliffe's office says more than half of the students that graduated this year received the state's more rigorous diploma.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Danville brewery is set to receive more than $180,000 in state and local funds.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Tuesday that Ballad Brewing will receive a $90,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Growth Fund, and matching funds from the city.

The governor has been active in luring craft breweries to Virginia. California-based Stone Brewing Co. and Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery have both selected Virginia as their East Coast homes during the McAuliffe administration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is giving schools extra money to help support year-round and extended-year school programs.
 
The governor's office announced Wednesday that McAuliffe has awarded more than $7.7 million to 66 schools.
 
The General Assembly created the Extended School Year Grant Program after a legislative commission found that students in struggling schools do better with longer school years.
 
McAuliffe said the grant distributions would help narrow the achievement gap between richer and poorer school districts.

 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia students received 5 million more school breakfasts during the 2015-2016 school year than they did the year before.

The Democratic governor says schools that received state funding for school breakfast programs experienced a 13.6 percent increase in participation on average.

His administration secured $537,000 during the 2015 legislative session to help 244 schools serve breakfasts. Another $2 million in funding was approved during the 2016 session.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is set to receive $9.5 million in federal grants to help improve water and sewer infrastructure as well as housing rehabilitation and other projects.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office recently announced that 13 projects around the state will receive federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant program.

The projects include road projects and downtown revitalization programs.

The largest grant, of $1.4 million, is for a water supply project in the town of Pocahontas.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Senate Majority Leader says he will introduce a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights for some felons, and set new barriers for others.

Republican Thomas K. Norment's announcement Thursday is the latest salvo fired in the battle between the GOP and Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe over restoring voting rights for felons.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Norment's proposal would automatically restore voting rights for some non-violent felons. It would also permanently bar violent felons from voting.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking his administration's agency heads to suggest where to cut state spending to help bridge an estimated $1.5 billion budget gap.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that McAuliffe's chief of staff, Paul Reagan, sent a memo to agency heads asking them to submit proposal of how to cut spending by 5 percent.

The proposals are due Sept. 20.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are trying to block Gov. Terry McAuliffe's latest effort to restore voting rights to thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.

Top Republican lawmakers say in a contempt motion filed Wednesday that McAuliffe is violating the Virginia Supreme Court's order that he restore the rights on a case-by-case basis.

The court in July invalidated McAuliffe's sweeping executive order to restore the rights of more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several gun rights advocates are criticizing Gov. Terry McAuliffe's move to ban concealed handguns in state-owned office buildings.

Advocates a public hearing Wednesday in Richmond said the governor's executive order is making the state less safe and more vulnerable to a mass shooting.

McAuliffe issued an executive order last year banning the open carry and concealed carry of guns in most state-owned office buildings, saying the move was necessary to prevent gun-related violence.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nearly 13,000 Virginia felons whose voting rights were restored, stripped, then restored again are more likely to live in areas that voted for Democrats than Republicans.

Data from the Virginia Public Access Project showed that nearly one-third of the felons with restored voting rights live in a precinct where President Barack Obama received more than 75 percent of the vote in 2012.

Less than 2 percent of the felons live in a precinct where 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney received three-quarters of the vote.

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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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