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Virginia Department of Health highlights Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

The Virginia Department of Health encourages everyone to learn about lead poisoning and how to prevent it throughout the year.


Virginia launches program to honor longtime family forests

Virginia has launched the nation’s first Century Forest Program designed to honor and recognize families who have owned working forestlands for more than 100 years.


Corn, soybean producers cautiously optimistic about harvest

Despite a dry August and drenching rains from a hurricane, Virginia corn growers are expecting a good crop this year.


Virginia labor force increases in September

Virginia’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 13,400 jobs in September, up 81,100 jobs compared to last September.


Hull’s Drive-In hosts fourth annual Hull-O-Ween Bash Weekend

Only two weekends are left in the 2016 movie season at Hull’s Drive-In in Lexington.


Contracts awarded for treatment services, juvenile correction center alternatives

The Department of Juvenile Justice has awarded contracts to develop a statewide continuum of evidence-based treatment services.

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Ken Plum: My 2016 election picks

Voters in the 36th legislative district that I represent will receive my annual voting guide in their mailboxes this week.

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McAuliffe announces $300,000 in Virginia Community Business Launch Grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $300,000 in Virginia Community Business Launch grants for Altavista, South Boston, Bristol, Franklin and Waynesboro.

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Poll: Tom Garrett has lead in Fifth District race

The campaign of presumptive Fifth District favorite Tom Garrett is citing new polling to claim a lead that is smaller than you’d expect.

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Building the Machine: Mobile Websites 101

The AFP Building the Machine marketing class series continues with editor Chris Graham presenting Mobile Websites 101.


Virginia Department of Health launches countdown to help tobacco users quit

The Virginia Department of Health is helping tobacco users get ready to quit by sharing tips and resources during “Countdown to Quit Day.”


Crop yields improved from September: Progress still behind five-year average

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the results of the crop production report from the October Agricultural Survey.


September general fund revenues down 2.4 percent

September General Fund revenue decreased 2.4 percent from the previous year, largely due to the timing of payroll withholding taxes.

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Ken Plum: Vote no on right to work ballot question

On the ballot on Election Day is constitutional amendment question one that would put the state right to work law into the constitution.


McAuliffe kicks off Commonwealth of Virginia Workplace Giving Campaign

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced a $4.3 million goal for the 2016 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign for state employee workplace giving.


McAuliffe announces federal grant to support Virginia export promotion efforts

Virginia has received more than $359,400 in grant funding to support the Commonwealth’s State Trade and Export Promotion Grant Program.


Wheat, barley production down 33%, lowest since 2010

A cold, wet spring had a chilling effect on Virginia’s wheat and barley crops.

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Republicans call hearing to focus on election readiness, registrar concerns, voter fraud

Republicans have called a joint committee meeting to discuss election readiness, concerns of local registrars, and recent reports of voter fraud.


McAuliffe announces new exports to Canada for Virginia coal equipment manufacturer

Ceramic Technology Inc. made more than $300,000 in sales to new customers in Canada as a result of its participation in the GGCET program.


Virginia wheat and barley production down in 2016

Virginia farmers harvested 9.28 million bushels of winter wheat during the summer of 2016 according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Virginia schools, farmers work together for better child nutrition

K-12 public schools serve 276,730 breakfasts, 627,568 lunches and 7,626 after-school snacks, according to the Virginia Department of Education.

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Ken Plum: Virginia extremes

Native Virginian and long-time advocate August Wallmeyer is providing a real service to the people of the Commonwealth.


Virginia on-time graduation rate tops 91 percent

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that over nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in 2012 earned a diploma within four years.

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Facebook reminder helps increase Virginia voter registration

A significant increase in recent voter registration in Virginia was seen following registration reminders posted statewide by Facebook.

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Dominion seeks applicants for 2016 ArtStars Awards

Dominion is inviting nonprofit arts organizations serving K-12 students in Virginia to apply for a 2016 Dominion ArtStars award.


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.