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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A representative of electric car maker Tesla has been booted from a Virginia board overseeing car dealers in the latest skirmish between the company and the state's powerful car dealer association.

A Republican-controlled Senate panel voted Tuesday to remove Tesla representative Cody Arnett from the state's Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.

The move came at the request of the Virginia Automobile Dealer Association, which said Arnett's recent appointment by former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe violated state law. Tesla says Arnett's appointment was legal.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia state Senate panel has defeated a Democratic push for stricter gun laws.

A Republican-led panel voted Monday to block legislation that would allow cities and counties to ban firearms at certain public events. The bill came in response to a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer where several participants were heavily armed. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe enacted similar rules on a temporary basis last November.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is leaving office after a largely successful four-year term that saw his image reinvented from fundraiser to accomplished administrator.

Known as a top Democratic money man and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, McAuliffe has notched a series of successes as governor of the nation's 12th largest state. They range from major transportation deals to an overhaul of the state's juvenile justice programs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Latest on the start of the Virginia General Assembly session (all times local):

Outgoing Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his proudest achievement during his four years in office was restoring voting and other civil rights to thousands of felons who had completed their sentences.

McAuliffe discussed his legacy in his final "State of the Commonwealth" address to lawmakers Wednesday evening.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia horse racing officials want to legalize gaming machines that allow people to bet on past races as part of a deal to sell a popular racetrack.

The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports historical race terminals have been accepted in other states as revenue-generators for the horse racing field, but critics say the terminals are slot machines in disguise.

Sale negotiations of the shuttered Colonial Downs racetrack to potential buyer Revolutionary Racing seemingly hang on the legalization of the machines.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam says curbing gun violence and expanding Medicaid will be two of his top legislative priorities after he takes office Saturday.

Northam spoke with outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a press conference Tuesday, one day before the start of the General Assembly session. The two laid out a joint legislative package.

It includes legislation that would implement universal background checks for gun purchases. It also calls for Medicaid expansion to cover more low-income Virginians.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia General Assembly is set to kick off its 2018 session.

Lawmakers will officially convene at noon Wednesday, and a host of new faces will fill the House of Delegates, where Democrats picked up 15 seats in the November elections.

Later in the day, outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe will give his final State of the Commonwealth address.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor has announced some $12 million in grants to protect almost 4,000 historically significant acres.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe' office said in a news release Thursday that nine projects will be funded with grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.

The grants include one to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe to support the acquisition of tribal lands along the James River, known to them as the Powhatan.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Polls have opened in Virginia as the state picks a new governor in a race that's being closely watched nationwide.

Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam have been locked in a heated race to succeed Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term. The contest is viewed by many as a referendum on President Donald Trump and a possible preview of the 2018 midterm elections. Libertarian Cliff Hyra is also running.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Council of Higher Education wants state lawmakers to approve funding for faculty pay increases and more financial aid.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the council is requesting $366.3 million in the next two-year state budget.

Of that amount, $171.5 million would be used for an increase in faculty pay and $66 million in additional financial aid for students in need.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will present his proposed budget to state lawmakers in December.