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9:37 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Gas Prices Plummet in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic says Virginia gas prices have fallen more than $1 since the April 2014 spring peak of $3.52 per gallon.

And the auto group says that some areas of the state could see prices fall to less than $2 per gallon around the end of the year.

Gas prices historically declines from fall into winter due to a number of factors including decreased demand.

Prices in Virginia have dropped about 20 cents per month on average, bringing them to the lowest levels in four years.

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10:26 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Legal Battle Over Dominion Transmission's Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Dominion Transmission is seeking the dismissal of a federal lawsuit challenging the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

A lawyer for the company, John D. Wilburn, says in a court filing that the lawsuit is premature and unfounded.

Five Nelson County residents filed the lawsuit in late September. They say a Virginia law relevant to the pipeline project is unconstitutional.

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12:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

More Virginians on the Road for Thanksgiving Holiday

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia roads could be a little more crowded this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that 1.3 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The auto club says that's an increase of 3.4 percent from last year.

The holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 30.

Nationally, AAA projects 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.

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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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12:08 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Forcible Sexual Offense Reports Up on MD and VA Campuses

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WASHINGTON (AP) - New federal data shows that reports of forcible sex offenses at the flagship public universities of Maryland and Virginia doubled last year.

The data shows that there were 19 reports at the University of Maryland in 2013, up nine from the year before. At the University of Virginia, there were 27 reports in 2013, compared to 11 the year before.

School officials and victim advocates say the numbers reflect a growing awareness of sexual assault on campuses across the country, rather than more dangerous campus environments.

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12:24 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Maryland and Virginia Impose New Ebola Restrictions

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials will require anyone considered to have high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus to stay home until it's confirmed they're Ebola-free.

That's one of the precautionary measures that state officials outlined Monday in their plan to monitor the potential for Ebola from people who come from three West African countries.

People considered to have high-risk exposure are those who've had known, unprotected contact with bodily fluids from someone infected with Ebola. They also would be required to have daily contact with health officials.

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8:26 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Solitary Confinement for Death Row Inmates Gets Federal Review

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's practice of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court.

Experts say that if the court upholds a ruling in favor of condemned inmate Alfredo Prieto, prisoners in other death penalty states could be encouraged to file similar challenges.

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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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9:21 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Virginia

In Virginia same-sex couples will be celebrating their nuptials with a state sanctioned marriage license.

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear appeals to enforce a ban on same-sex marriage by five states including Virginia.

That action immediately legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

In Northampton County, the court clerk Traci Johnson said she and her counterparts in the rest of the state will begin receiving instructions and revised forms via email for issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

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11:14 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Nearly Half Million Impacted by VA Voter ID Law

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia State Board of Elections says about 450,000 voters in Virginia may lack the proper identification needed to cast a ballot in the November midterm elections.

A state law that took effect this year requires Virginia voters to some have form of photo identification at their polling stations before they cast a vote.

The Washington Post reports that driver's licenses are the most common form of ID in the state. And according to data from the state board, 457,931 voters in Virginia are without those.

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8:14 am
Fri September 5, 2014

McDonnell's Attorney Vows Appeal of Corruption Convictions

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's attorney says his client didn't get a fair trial and will appeal his convictions on public corruption charges.

McDonnell was convicted Thursday on 11 of 13 counts in a case that derailed the career of the onetime rising Republican star. His wife, Maureen, was convicted of nine of 13 charges.

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8:03 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Virginia and Delaware Fail Standards for Protecting Children During Disasters

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Delaware and Virginia along with 19 other states have failed to meet national emergency plan requirements for schools and childcare providers.

That’s the conclusion of the of Save the Children’s 2014 Disaster Report Card.

But the report found that 69 percent of parents in those 21 states mistakenly believe there are plans in place.

Virginia and Delaware failed to have a plan for children with disabilities.

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7:52 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Maryland/Virginia Boundary on Potomac Settled

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Maryland court has weighed in on a dispute over the state boundaries of Virginia and Maryland along the Potomac River.

At issue was whether the state line between the states moved over time as the profile of the shoreline changed through natural erosion and growth.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals court ruled Friday that the low-water-mark boundary in the Potomac River moves and isn't fixed where the mark was when the boundary was established in 1877.

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1:28 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

McDonnell Corruption Case in the Hands of the Jury

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The public corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, is in the hands of a federal jury.

The seven-man, five-woman jury left the courtroom to begin deliberations Tuesday after hearing nearly two hours of instructions from U.S. District Judge James Spencer. The jury heard from dozens of witnesses over a five-week trial.

The McDonnells are charged with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

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8:52 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Voters Casting Ballots in Two Separate States

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Advocacy groups say hundreds of Maryland and Virginia voters may have cast two ballots, one in each state.

The Maryland State Prosecutor's Office is investigating an allegation made by two groups, Virginia Voters Alliance and Election Integrity Maryland. Those groups say there is evidence of double voting among some Maryland and Virginia residents.

Virginia Voters Alliance says it found that 164 people cast ballots in 2012 in both Maryland and Virginia, which is illegal under federal law.

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11:26 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Prosecutors: "Corrupt Understanding" in McDonnell Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors are asking jurors to focus on two questions at the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

In their closing arguments Friday, prosecutors' asked the panel to think about why a Virginia businessman gave the couple more than $165,000 in gifts and loans, and why the McDonnells accepted.

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11:53 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Closing Arguments Begin in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Testimony has wrapped up in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Closing arguments are set for Friday morning.

The last witness Thursday was an FBI agent who testified that the McDonnells were together 90 percent of the nights during the 22 months that were the focus of the investigation. The testimony is intended to undercut a defense claim that the McDonnells' marriage was so fractured they couldn't have engaged in a conspiracy.

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11:53 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Governor's Defense Rests in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The defense for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has rested its case in his public corruption trial.

His lawyer, Henry Asbill, told the judge Wednesday that he would not call further witnesses in his client's defense. The move comes after McDonnell testified in his own defense for more than four days. The former governor  acknowledged bad judgment but firmly denied any criminal wrongdoing.

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8:55 am
Wed August 27, 2014

VA Labor Day Travel Up for Labor Day

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More Virginians are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, reaching a new post-recession high for the state.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says that the number of people taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home is anticipated to increase slightly this year.

That's more than 964,300 Virginians traveling during the Thursday through Monday holiday weekend.

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11:33 am
Fri August 22, 2014

$50,000 Loan Not Inappropriate, says McDonnell in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he did not think it was inappropriate to take a $50,000 loan from a Virginia businessman to help cover the ownership costs of vacation rental properties.

McDonnell was back on the witness stand Friday for the third straight day as his public corruption trial resumed in federal court in Richmond.

The former governor and his wife are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

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12:16 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Wife Lived Separate Life, Says McDonnell in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is telling jurors that his time in public office took a toll on his marriage.

Separate Lives

McDonnell went back on the witness stand Thursday as his public corruption trial resumed in federal court in Richmond. He said his wife, Maureen, developed something of a separate life from him as she raised their five children and he devoted time to being a state legislator, Army Reservist and lawyer in private practice.

Tension

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7:58 am
Thu August 21, 2014

No Same Sex Marriages in Virginia Today, Supreme Court Says

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.

The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.

Without court intervention, same-sex couples would have been allowed to wed as of Thursday.

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8:27 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Tomorrow Same-Sex Marriage Might Be Legal in Virginia

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that gay marriages could soon be legal in Virginia.

The State Registrar of Vital Records is drafting a revised marriage license form that will be used if the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' order ending Virginia's same-sex marriage ban goes into effect Thursday morning.

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9:17 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Job Slump Last Month in Maryland and Virginia

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Maryland lost 9,000 jobs in July.

The government says the state unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in July, up from 5.8 percent in June.

Some 5,500 of the jobs lost were in state and local government.

The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reports that the manufacturing sector added about 400 jobs.

The Daily Record reports that Maryland was one of 30 states have an increase in the unemployment rate for July.

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11:59 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Don't Delay End of Virginia Gay Marriage Ban, Courts Asked

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The plaintiffs in a court case challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban have asked a federal appeals court not to stay its ruling striking down the law.

Last week, a county court clerk in northern Virginia sought to delay the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling while it is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. That 2-1 ruling upheld the decision by a lower district court in Norfolk. The appellate court ruling applies throughout the circuit that also includes West Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas.

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9:16 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Bottlenose Dolphin Deaths Down in Virginia

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Bottlenose dolphin deaths in Virginia are declining.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center says 52 bottlenose dolphin strandings have occurred between January and July, compared to 86 during the same period in 2013.

Overall, Virginia recorded more than 350 bottlenose dolphin deaths in 2013.

Aquarium spokeswoman Joan Barns tells The Virginian-Pilot that this year's figures are encouraging.

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8:40 am
Tue August 5, 2014

No Intimacy, Says Key Witness in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The prosecution's star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has testified that he never had any intimate physical contact with McDonnell's wife.

Jonnie Williams said Monday that he didn't know Maureen McDonnell had any interest in him until last week. Maureen McDonnell's lawyer said in opening statements that the first lady developed a crush on Williams, who had deceived her into thinking he cared for her.

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9:10 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Cost of Higher Education Going Up in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The amount paid by students at public colleges and universities in Virginia is increasing.

The State Council of Higher Education of Virginia says undergraduates at public four-year schools will see an average increase of about 5 percent, or $544, in tuition and fees in the 2014-15 academic year.

Virginia community college students will pay about $180 more per year, or an increase of 4.6 percent.

Officials say tuition and fees also had increased more than 4 percent in the previous academic year.

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8:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Strictly Business, Says Key Witness in McDonnell's Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The government's key witness in the corruption trial for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has testified that he gave McDonnell and his wife money because it was a business relationship, not because they were friends.

Jonnie Williams took the stand Wednesday afternoon under the cloak of immunity. Williams is a colorful car salesman-turned-venture capitalist and the former chief executive of Star Scientific Inc., a Virginia-based company.

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