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Artificial intelligence fighting climate change

Artificial intelligence (AI), defined as the capability of machines to imitate intelligent human behavior and learn from data, is considered by many to be the final frontier of computing.


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Kaine, Casey introduce bill to improve mental health services for students

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to introduce a bill to improve access to mental health services for students at college campuses across America.


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Transportation budget set at June CTB meeting

The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved the latest budgets and Six-Year Improvement Program for the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation.


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Northam announces opening of weekly farmers market on Capitol Square

Governor Northam announced today the opening of a weekly farmers market on Capitol Square as part of the OnTheSquareVA state employee engagement initiative.


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Northam signs Steve Landes teacher licensure bill

Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Chairman of the House Education Committee, joined Governor Ralph Northam for the signing of House Bill 1125.


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First Lady Pamela Northam launches new early childhood education initiative

First Lady Pamela Northam announced a new initiative to bolster early childhood education in Virginia and improve student outcomes for youth across the Commonwealth.


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Poll: More positive view of Trump, impact on 2018 midterms?

Rising presidential approval ratings and a softening of support for Democrats, revealed by a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll, indicate that all bets are off when it comes to where control of Congress will land after the 2018 midterm elections. 


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Daniel S. Blumenthal: Use a public health approach to reduce gun violence

On March 14 of this year, students across the US left class for 17 minutes – one minute for every person killed in the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School massacre.


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Congressman McEachin speaks on House floor supporting penalties on ZTE

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) spoke on the House floor in support of the bipartisan Senate amendment to the NDAA that will restore penalties against ZTE, the Chinese telecom corporation that poses a clear threat to our security.


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Gerry Connolly on Trump reorganization plan for federal government

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s reorganization plan for the federal government.


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Ken Plum: Virginia is for Loving

It is somewhat ironic that Loving Day in Virginia, celebrated annually on June 12, has nothing to do with the famous “Virginia is for Lovers” public relations slogan.


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Don Beyer on Trump rule allowing junk healthcare plans

Rep. Don Beyer excoriated the Trump Administration over its continuing healthcare sabotage, after the release of a new “association health plan” rule allowing for more junk plans which lack basic protections.


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11 Transportation Alternatives Program/Safe Routes to School funded in Central Shenandoah region

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) announced today that 11 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)/Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects have been awarded funding for FY2019-2020.


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Frank Clemente: Trump, GOP get failing grades on new tax law

This is the time of year for final report cards, so it’s a good time to grade President Trump and congressional Republicans on their massive tax cuts mostly benefitting the wealthy and corporations.


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House Democrats respond to lawsuit filed by healthcare providers

In response to a lawsuit filed by health care providers challenging Virginia’s abortion laws, House Democratic Caucus Chair Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) issues the following statement.


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Don Beyer calls for resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Rep. Don Beyer today called for the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security in the Trump Administration.


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Chesapeake Bay Foundation on EPA expectations

Today, officials from the EPA released a letter outlining their expectations as the Bay jurisdictions prepare Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans.


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Warner, Kaine press federal government on family separations

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today pressed for more information about the Administration’s policy that separates asylum-seeking parents from their children at the U.S. border.


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Don Beyer on visit to ICE detention facility in Capital Region

Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today visited an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracted facility today in Anne Arundel County to see the effects of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy in person.


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Senate Democrats urge Trump to reconsider, rescind civil service executive orders

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen led a letter with 44 of his Senate Democratic colleagues noting their serious concerns surrounding the President’s recent executive orders pertaining to civil service.


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Warner, Kaine on Trump administration action to raise healthcare costs for Virginians

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) comment after the Trump administration released a rule to undermine protections for people with preexisting conditions by expanding health care plans that do not have many vital consumer protections.


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Beyer cosponsors Keep Families Together Act

Rep. Don Beyer today signed on as a cosponsor to the Keep Families Together Act, which would formally abolish the Trump Administration’s recently-enacted policy of separating children from their parents in families seeking asylum at the U.S. border.


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McEachin statement on Keep Families Together Act

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement on the Keep Families Together Act – legislation that would aim to stop this administration’s practice of family separation.


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Northam recalls Virginia National Guard Troops from U.S. southwest border

Governor Ralph Northam today ordered the recall of four Virginia National Guard soldiers and one helicopter from the U.S. Southwest border in response to the federal government’s enforcement of a “zero-tolerance” policy that separates immigrant children from their families.


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Gerry Connolly on House Oversight Committee hearing on Department of Justice IG report

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) comments on the hearing with the House Committee on the Judiciary on the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on FBI activities prior to the 2016 election.