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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - If Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, she'll be getting a steady, well-practiced politician.
Laine is a whip-smart Harvard Law School graduate who speaks with ease while campaigning, rarely needing a prepared text. He is the former governor of Virginia and current senator from the state.
His remarks at Virginia Tech the day after one of the worst campus shootings in modern U.S. history won wide praise.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam now has the official backing of the Democratic Party's top state officials for his 2017 gubernatorial bid.

Northam's campaign said Saturday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Attorney General Mark Herring have all endorsed the lieutenant governor.

Herring announced last year he would run for re-election and not pursue the Executive Mansion.

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LURAY, Va. (AP) - Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says he's trying to convince his colleagues in Congress to fund a significant boost in national park spending.

Kaine hiked a trail in Shenandoah National Park Monday and met with park staff to try and promote the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.

He told reporters he wants to see an increase in federal spending to help maintain and preserve the national park service. Kaine said there's an $11 billion backlog of needed park spending nationwide.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is heading to hallowed ground in Virginia to learn more about federal funding to preserve Civil War battlefields.

The Democrat says he'll visit Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Friday to get a briefing on more than $1.2 million in funding from the American Battlefield Protection Program. Championed by Kaine, the program helps preserve Civil War battlefields at risk of being lost to development.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's lieutenant governor is urging federal officials to exclude Virginia from offshore drilling.

In a letter addressed to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam said offshore drilling has the potential to threaten the environment, defense, agriculture and tourism of the state.

Northam, a Democrat, has announced his plans to run for governor in 2017. In the letter, he cited the "demise of the Chesapeake Bay" and his work toward its restoration as one of the reasons he decided to run for public office.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware political leaders are taking time out to commemorate Veterans Day.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's congressional delegation and other officials Wednesday for the state's annual Veterans Day service.

Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Major General Francis Vavala also is participating in the event,  which will include local high school bands, leaders from religious organizations and community members,

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is backing the international accord with Iran.

The former Democratic Party chairman made the announcement on Tuesday in a speech on the Senate floor. He says the deal takes Iran's nuclear program that was on the verge of success and disables it for many years through peaceful diplomatic means.

He said the pact reached by the United States, Western powers and Tehran is a "dramatic improvement over the status quo" in boosting global security.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.

The grant funding was announced Wednesday by Virginia's U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

The funding is through the USDA regional conservation partnership program.

The largest grant involves $7 million to reward agricultural producers who implement conservation practices to limit farm runoff from dairy and livestock operations. The grant also involves West Virginia producers.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The rocket was carrying a cargo ship was bound for the International Space Station.

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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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay watershed is among eight areas in the nation being designated critical conservation areas.

Virginia U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine said Tuesday that designation ensures federal funding to help implement a variety of conservation projects.

With the designation, the bay is eligible to receive a portion of more than $100 million in annual funding. It would be used to help implement a variety of conservation projects and increase the sustainability of regional water, soil, wildlife and natural resources.

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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Sen. Tim Kaine is defending his committee vote for limited strikes on Syria. But he says President Barack Obama should not order the attacks if Congress refuses to authorize them.

The Democratic junior senator said Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime must be punished for its suspected use of chemical weapons Aug. 21 in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will allow the Virginia Counties of Accomack and Northampton on the Eastern Shore to make electoral changes without getting pre-clearance of the federal government.

Before the ruling any such change such as redrawing electoral districts to the choice of voting machines had to wait 60 day for a decision from the U.S. Justice Department.