Tag: Virginia

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Pro-LGBT bills down in flames in GOP House

Don’t let anybody tell you that one vote doesn’t matter. Lawmakers in Virginia’s House of Delegates today summarily killed four bills that would have ensured more equal treatment under the law for LGBTQ people across the Commonwealth.


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Northam, Cox announce compromise on grand larceny threshold, bill to protect crime victims

Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, and Senator Mark Obenshain announced today a bipartisan compromise to raise the felony larceny threshold and adopt into law legislation to ensure that crime victims are paid the restitution duly owed to them.


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Annual magazine contest seeks kids who like to draw

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in Cooperative Living magazine’s annual Youth Art Contest, with entries due by May 1.


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Ken Plum: Roller coaster ride

Every session of the General Assembly I am reminded of how much the functioning of the legislature is like a roller coaster ride. Every ride on a roller coaster regardless of how big it may be starts off very slowly.


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Live Coverage: #2 Virginia squares off with Florida State

AFP editor Chris Graham leads our live coverage as #2 Virginia (22-1, 11-0 ACC) faces Florida State (17-6, 6-5 ACC). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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Virginia soybeans, peanuts saw highest yields ever in 2017

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released the estimates for crop production in 2017 and the earlier forecast for high yields for soybeans and peanuts held up.


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Killer weed in East Africa no match for Virginia land-grant institutions

The hills of eastern Ethiopia are the scene of a partnership between Virginia’s two land-grant universities that aims to rid rural communities of a noxious and sometimes deadly pest.


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State Senate passes Ban the Box bill

Today, the Virginia State Senate passed S.B. 252, a landmark piece of legislation which proposes to remove barriers to employment by the state government for those who have made mistakes in the past who have paid their dues and are now trying to reintegrate into society.


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Virginia Salvadoran leaders condemn Trump’s attack

A group of Virginia Salvadoran leaders are condemning President Trump’s racist comments about Salvadorans and others and to press for the enactment the Dream Act and a permanent solution for TPS recipients, with 200,000 Salvadorans representing the largest group of TPS holders.


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Virginia companies increase international sales through Commonwealth’s premier exporting program

Governor Ralph Northam announced that 13 companies from across the Commonwealth have graduated from the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program, touting impressive results as they successfully exported products and services overseas.


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Northern Virginia selected as one of 20 contenders for Amazon headquarters

Amazon has selected Northern Virginia as a candidate for its second North American headquarters. Virginia submitted three comprehensive regional proposals for the $5 billion project for Greater Richmond, Hampton Roads, and Northern Virginia.


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Virginia Senate passes bill to raise grand larceny threshold

The Virginia Senate voted Thursday to increase the Commonwealth’s grand larceny threshold from $200.00 to $500.00. 


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Ken Plum: Mr. speaker, Not Mr. Speaker

In the House, the Speaker of the House is the presiding officer who is elected by the members of the House. The political party with the most members has control of the House and elects the Speaker.


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Virginia names new state forester

Rob Farrell has been selected as State Forester of Virginia. He is the eighth State Forester in the 104-year history of the Virginia Department of Forestry.  Farrell was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam Friday afternoon.


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McAuliffe announces new housing support for Virginians moving from foster care to adulthood

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the establishment of a new $1.8 million housing support pilot program that will provide additional assistance to Fostering Futures participants in Richmond and Charlottesville/Albemarle County.


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McAuliffe announces new Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment Leadership

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced new leadership in the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI). The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment is located within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.


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McAuliffe breaks ground on High Rise Bridge expansion

Governor Terry McAuliffe today broke ground on the I-64 Southside Widening and High Rise Bridge Project, the largest design-build project to date for the Virginia Department of Transportation with a contract worth nearly $410 million.


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McAuliffe grants conditional pardons to six Virginians

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed conditional pardons for 6 Virginians who were given sentences that were excessive and unjust in relation to the crimes for which they were convicted.


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McAuliffe announces $1.1 million in homeless reduction grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $1.1 million in Homeless Reduction Grants through the state’s Housing Trust Fund for 13 projects in Virginia.


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McAuliffe announces $978,559 in Virginia telecommunication grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $978,559 in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) for the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Mecklenburg, and Spotsylvania.


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Virginia tourism: $2.2 billion growth during McAuliffe administration

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that there have been $1.4 billion in private investments towards Virginia’s tourism industry since he took office in 2014. The Commonwealth’s tourism industry also saw $2.2 billion in total growth during the McAuliffe administration.


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Virginia localities receive funds to place working farmlands under permanent conservation easements

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the fiscal year 2018 farmland preservation grant recipients. The VDACS Office of Farmland Preservation has awarded a total of $308,076 to five localities. 


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December 2017 state revenue collections up 10 percent from 2016

December General Fund revenue increased 10.0 percent from the previous year. The gain was driven by collections of nonwithholding payments. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 5.9 percent through the first half of the fiscal year.


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Democrats file legislation to repeal old Jim Crow laws

Virginia House of Delegates members Paul Krizek (HD-44) and Jennifer Boysko (HD-86) filed legislation today to repeal provisions of the Code of Virginia that discriminate against black Virginians.


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Camping grounds across Virginia are getting an influx of guests

There is never a shortage of holiday activities to try in Virginia, especially if you live in Augusta County. Some of the most popular destinations in the state are within reach from the county. The Shenandoah National Park alone has so many things to explore.


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McAuliffe cuts ribbon for new state veterans office inside the Pentagon

Governor Terry McAuliffe cut the ribbon for the new Virginia Department of Veterans Services office at The Pentagon in Arlington. This new office will serve the thousands of veterans and transitioning servicemen and women and their families who work in the headquarters of the US Department of Defense.


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Ken Plum: General Assembly off to lumbering start

The General Assembly is convening for its annual session today. Hopes that the historic election results of November brought forth have dimmed somewhat as the drawing of lots to settle the results of the final district race gave the Republicans a one-member advantage to control the House of Delegates.


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McAuliffe announces $12.65 million for Virginia’s CCAM Apprentice Academy

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that $3.15 million has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the construction of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) Apprentice Academy.


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Study addressing impact of housing on Virginia economy released

A new study, Addressing the Impact of Housing for Virginia’s Economy, focused on Virginia’s housing sector and the links between housing and other key policy areas was released by state officials in November.


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McAuliffe unveils new unified workforce brand: Virginia Career Works

Governor Terry McAuliffe joined Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Monday to unveil a new brand to unify Virginia’s workforce development system. The system, which includes a network of state and local partners and 62 One Stop Career Centers, will carry the name Virginia Career Works.


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Public may propose plants for list of harmful Virginia weeds

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has developed a method that can be used by the public to nominate weed species for adding to Virginia’s Noxious Weeds list.


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McAuliffe announces $3 million in Appalachian Regional Commission grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced he is recommending $3,142,588 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants for 10 projects in the Appalachian Region of Virginia, which encompasses 25 counties and eight independent cities in Southwest Virginia.


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McAuliffe announces $2 million in Community Development Block Grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $2,149,346 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for four projects in Virginia. This funding will support projects that improve sewer infrastructure and foster economic development in localities across the Commonwealth.


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Virginia continues to monitor, respond to winter storm

A winter storm warning is still active for east central, eastern, south central, and southeast portions of Virginia until 1 p.m. In addition, a blizzard warning has been issued for Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach until 1 p.m. 


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Dems: DREAMers in Virginia deserve action on DREAM Act

Virginia stands to lose more than $10 million in state and local tax collections if the status of DREAMERs isn’t renewed.


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McAuliffe declares state of emergency ahead of impending winter storm

Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 2:20 p.m. today authorizing state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the significant winter storm that is expected to impact the Commonwealth over the next 24-48 hours.


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VDOT: Snow, high winds to affect travel in Virginia

Motorists in eastern and central Virginia should plan for slick road conditions and poor visibility as snow and high winds are expected to move into those regions beginning this evening.


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As you ring in the new year, avoid the common mistakes that can turn good food bad

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services advises all cooks and food handlers to start the new year off safely. Don’t drink and drive, of course, but also be sure to observe the basic rules of food safety.


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McAuliffe commutes sentence of man found mentally incompetent

Governor Terry McAuliffe commuted the death sentence of William Burns to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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House Dems respond to GOP efforts to hang on to majority

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today issued the following statement on the 94th House District race from communications director Katie Baker.


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Virginia unemployment insurance tax rates to fall in 2018

The average unemployment insurance tax rate paid by Virginia employers will be 0.96 percent in 2018, down from the 2017 average of 1.12 percent. This tax is the experience-related tax paid by employers to fund unemployment insurance benefits paid to eligible workers.


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McAuliffe announces Rural Rehabilitation Trust Fund grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced awards totaling $499,521 in grant funding for six agriculture-related projects aimed at providing assistance and creating new economic opportunities for farmers and agriculture organizations across Virginia.


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Professional truck drivers provide holiday, winter driving tips

The Virginia Trucking Association joins the American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Share the Road highway safety program in urging holiday travelers to focus on safe driving habits throughout the busy holiday season and upcoming winter weather.


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McAuliffe announces over-the-year employment growth in Virginia

Virginia’s nonfarm payroll employment is 33,700 jobs higher when compared to November of 2016. Over-the-year employment growth in Virginia has been positive for 44 consecutive months.


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McAuliffe, Virginia Council on Women announce seventh annual STEM Essay Contest

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced the seventh annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior women.


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McAuliffe PAC makes $150K investment in Democratic Party of Virginia voter protection program

Governor Terry McAuliffe’s political action committee, Common Good VA, has invested $150,000 in the Democratic Party of Virginia voter protection program.


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McAuliffe announces awards from landmark DuPont settlement

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the first round of project awards under the DuPont Waynesboro Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement.


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Virginia State Police investigating officer-involved shooting in Rockbridge County

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Dec. 15 at the College Square Shopping Center in Rockbridge County.


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McAuliffe includes Medicaid expansion money in final budget

Terry McAuliffe is taking one last shot at Medicaid expansion. The outgoing governor included Medicaid expansion in his final state budget blueprint, with a proviso that the state would accept federal money, which Republicans have resisted doing on three different occasions.


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Democrats tout Virginia employment news

Virginia’s unemployment rate is at a nearly nine-year low of 3.7 percent. The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate is the second lowest among major states.