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McAuliffe announces Virginia’s first cybersecurity apprenticeship program

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the establishment of Virginia’s first registered cybersecurity apprenticeship.

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Virginia IT ranking improves to A in national 2016 digital survey

Virginia has received an A ranking for its use of information technology across state government in the national 2016 Digital States Survey.


Absentee voting for presidential election begins in Virginia on Friday

Absentee voting for the November 8 presidential election starts statewide on Friday.


Virginians receive letters with misleading info on voter registration status

The Virginia Department of Elections has received phone calls from voters who received a letter suggesting their voter registration status was in question.

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McAuliffe, Herring to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Charlottesville, Richmond

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will campaign for Hillary Clinton in Charlottesville and Attorney General Mark Herring will campaign for Clinton in Richmond.

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Tom Garrett: Latest terror attacks evidence of inability to vet refugees

The Department of Homeland Security admitted to mistakenly granting citizenship to 858 immigrants who had previously received orders for deportation.


Virginia labor force increases in August

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 13,100 jobs in August.

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Ken Plum: A danger to our way of governing

My parents knew of my interest in politics and government from the time I started school.

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Survey: Tobacco leading organic product in Virginia

A recent survey conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service shows tobacco is the leading organic product in Virginia.

House Speaker on Supreme Court order in Howell v. McAuliffe

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell issued the following statement Thursday on the Supreme Court’s order in Howell v. McAuliffe.

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McAuliffe announces $56.9 million in funding for crime victims services

Virginia has been awarded $56.9 million in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to support and improve services for crime victims.


New data show major improvements in health care access in Virginia under ACA

Virginians are experiencing slower growth in health care premiums, increased access to coverage, and higher quality of care under the Affordable Care Act.


Virginia revenue collections up 12 percent in August

August General Fund revenue increased 12.0 percent from the previous year with two additional deposit days boosting receipts in withholding and recordation taxes.

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Ken Plum: States’ rights

A trip to the Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive which Jane and I took with two of our grandchildren brought back memories.

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Dominion Transmission, Dominion Hope initiate lockout in labor dispute

Dominion Hope and Dominion Transmission Inc. today informed about 915 union-represented employees that they will not be able to work until a new labor contract is reached.

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Dominion Foundation awards scholarships to six students

Dominion has selected six college-bound students as recipients of the Dominion Memorial Scholarship.


On Labor Day, let’s remember our hard-working farmers

This Labor Day, I ask every Virginian to join me in remembering the hard work of the farmers who provide food, feed and fiber for our state and nation.


McAuliffe releases Virginia housing industry economic impact study

Governor McAuliffe announced the release of a new study measuring the economic impact of Virginia’s housing industry.


McAuliffe announces $9.5 million in Community Development Block Grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced more than $9.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for 13 projects in Virginia.

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Dominion launches new mobile-friendly website

Dominion announced the launch of its redesigned website at dom.com, making it easier than ever for customers to find what they want— fast.

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Governor challenges Dominion to accelerate energy efficiency education, outreach

Governor Terry McAuliffe challenged Dominion Virginia Power to accelerate outreach efforts by attending 400 events in the next 12 months.


September declared Preparedness Month in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia, encouraging preparations necessary in the event of an emergency.

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Dominion powers removal of largest pollution source of Clinch River

Dominion, government agencies and a company that specializes in removing waste coal are finishing up a major clean-up project in Southwest Virginia.


Owners say third time’s a charm for ‘hungry’ ethanol plant

The new owners of an ethanol plant are convinced that the third time’s a charm.

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Two Virginia farmers’ markets leading national rankings

Two Virginia farmers’ markets are near the top of the People’s Choice Leaders list in the American Farmland Trust’s annual Farmers Market Celebration.


Virginia peanut forecast is up this year

Virginia peanut growers anticipate a 6.6 percent increase in their harvest this year, totaling 78 million pounds.

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Ken Plum: No time to lose

The Nation at Risk report led to numerous reforms, from high stakes standardized testing, charter schools, standards of learning, common core and others.


Claim forms going to HSBC borrowers who may be eligible for payment

Claim forms are going out to HSBC borrowers in Virginia who lost their homes to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2012.

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Fifth District race: Tom Garrett promises to fight for manufacturers

Fifth District Republican congressional nominee Tom Garrett toured the American Buildings Company, a Nucor steel facility located in LaCrosse.

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Distribution agreement latest growth push at StableCraft Brewing

StableCraft Brewing in Augusta County has entered into an agreement with Blue Ridge Beverage Co. to distribute StableCraft beers to restaurants in Virginia.


Agriculture license plate drives home support for Virginia farms

Since the Virginia agriculture license plate initiative started in 2004, Virginians who display the specialty plate have been driving home their support for the state’s farmers.

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New funding to broaden state’s network for farm and forestry exports

Virginia will invest $850,000 over the biennial budget to expand its international trade initiatives promoting Virginia’s agriculture and forestry products.

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Ken Plum: Constituencies in a Commonwealth

The process of redistricting becomes complicated and very political as incumbent legislators attempt to draw lines around those persons most supportive of them.


Virginia health officials warn of increased hepatitis A risk

The Virginia Department of Health is investigating a cluster of hepatitis A cases and has identified a potential association with smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurants in Virginia.

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Virginia unemployment rate holds steady at 3.7%

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in July while year-over-year job growth continued for the 28th consecutive month.


Additional horses contract Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the fifth and sixth cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in horses this year.


Redesign to online database connecting Virginia farm owners with qualified farm seekers

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently redesigned the Virginia Farm Link website and database,


Virginia students improve in reading, math, science on 2015-2016 SOLs

The percentage of students achieving at the proficient or advanced level on SOLs in reading, mathematics and science increased by one-point statewide.


Virginia corn, soybean, cotton, peanut crop forecasts up from 2015

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the state’s estimated crop production for 2016.

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Study: Crooked Road music trail generates $9 million annually

The 333-mile Crooked Road featuring attractions that celebrate Southwest Virginia’s cultural and musical heritage brings in about $9.2 million annually.

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Hillary for Virginia announces coordinated campaign office openings

This week, Virginia Democrats will open more than half a dozen coordinated campaign offices across the Commonwealth.


Virginia leaders, DREAMers highlight DACA

Northern Virginia DREAMers Natalia Rodas Calderon and Henry Lopez and Arlington school board member Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez highlighted the importance of DACA and how it has impacted their lives.


Warner, Kaine announce $500K in DOJ funding for local law enforcement

The Department of Justice has awarded $570,326 in grants to support local law enforcement efforts and improve safety in communities throughout Virginia.


Warner, Kaine announce $9.5 million for Virginia K-12 schools, universities

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants totaling $9.5 million to help Virginia’s K-12 schools improve student achievement and support colleges and universities.


McAuliffe announces $1 million in cybersecurity scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for a $1 million state scholarship fund for students studying cybersecurity.

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Check trees in August for the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Tthe Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages residents to check for the Asian longhorned beetle.

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Clinton campaign claims job growth under economic plan

New analysis shows Virginia could add 271,000 jobs under Hillary Clinton’s economic plans, while it could lose 89,000 jobs under a Donald Trump presidency.


Herring joins $100 million settlement with Barclays: LIBOR

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced that Virginia is part of a $100 million settlement with Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Capital Inc.


Locals, environmental groups raise concerns over fracking standards

Local residents and community activists joined environmental and social justice groups to call for a comprehensive study and review of state fracking standards.


Dollar Tree to invest $110 million to expand Chesapeake HQ

Dollar Tree, Inc., an American chain of discount variety stores, will invest $110 million for development of its corporate headquarters in the City of Chesapeake.