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Northam calls Aug. 30 General Assembly special session to redraw House districts

Governor Ralph Northam today signed a proclamation calling the members of the Virginia General Assembly into special session on Aug. 30 for the purpose of redrawing districts of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Northam announces marketing grants to support 57 local tourism programs

Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $890,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 57 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program.

Bobby Goodlatte backing Democrat Jennifer Lewis for father’s seat

Bobby Goodlatte, son of retiring Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, is backing Democrat Jennifer Lewis in the midterm election, tweeting that 2018 is the “year to flip districts.”

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Kaine TV ad focuses on healthcare, economic benefits of investing in medical research in Virginia

- In the second television ad of his 2018 Senate campaign, entitled "Research," Senator Tim Kaine brings attention to the healthcare and economic benefits of investing in medical research.
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Ben Cline touts joining President Trump for event saluting ICE

- Ben Cline, Republican nominee for Virginia’s Sixth District, attended today's White House event “A Salute to the Heros of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs Border Protection.”
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Warner bill would prohibit President Trump from revoking security clearances for political reasons

- Today, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, filed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill to prohibit President Trump from abusing the security clearance process to punish his critics.
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First Lady Pamela Northam kicks off back to school tour in Southwest Virginia

- As nearly 1.2 million Virginia students look forward to heading back to school in the coming weeks, First Lady Pamela Northam will celebrate by visiting early childhood education programs and elementary schools and discussing the importance of school readiness
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Northam calls Aug. 30 General Assembly special session to redraw House districts

- Governor Ralph Northam today signed a proclamation calling the members of the Virginia General Assembly into special session on Aug. 30 for the purpose of redrawing districts of the Virginia House of Delegates.
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Deeds, Toscano earn 100 Percent in Sierra Club Virginia Chapter General Assembly scorecard

- The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter published its annual Virginia General Assembly Climate & Energy Scorecard.
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Majority of Virginians see community colleges, public universities as worth the cost

- A majority of Virginians see two-year community colleges and four-year public universities as worth the cost, according to a new statewide poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. 
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Ken Plum: Back to school

- Last week I had the opportunity to visit one of my grandsons' school, and I was genuinely impressed.
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Giffords endorses Beyer, Connolly, McEachin for Congress

- Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Donald McEachin in Virginia congressional races.
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Beef industry feeling impact of Chinese trade tariffs

- U.S. meat may be moving to other countries, but trade has slowed. That’s the assessment of Margaret Ann Smith, a Rockbridge County cattle farmer and chairman of the livestock marketing council for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, regarding tariffs recently imposed by China.
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Virginia unemployment drops to lowest level since 2007

- Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased in July to 3.1 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago. July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, of 3.1 percent, is the lowest rate since the August 2007 rate of 3.1 percent.
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Alon Ben-Meir: Palestinian refugees-right vs. reality

- Given the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its psychological, political, and demographic dimensions, there is simply no other viable solution.
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Report: Jailing families in detention obstructs a fair court process

- A new report on family detention released by the American Immigration Council examines more than 15 years of data on the United States’ practice of detaining asylum-seeking families.
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Controversial EPA rule comment period closing: Expert offers tips for implementation

- A Virginia Tech data management expert says the EPA’s controversial proposed rule, Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, raises concerns that regulations could be nullified.
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Federal judge strikes down Trump administration’s Clean Water Act attack

- A federal judge in South Carolina today struck down the administration’s effort to strip away crucial clean water protections from rivers, lakes, streams and other waters that feed drinking-water sources for nearly 20 million people in the South and 117 million people across the country.
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Faith delegation recommends urgent action on pipelines

- In light of recent setbacks for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light released a report today entitled Our Air, Our Lives: Religious Fact-Finding Delegation to Buckingham County.
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Northam announces marketing grants to support 57 local tourism programs

- Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $890,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 57 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program.
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FERC faces Fourth Circuit Court challenge on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

- The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates on behalf of a group of 13 conservation organizations filed suit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
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Secretary of Natural Resources convenes work group to promote Virginia clam, oyster economy

- Today, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler convened the Oyster Aquaculture Work Group to develop consensus-based recommendations to promote the sustainable growth of Virginia’s clam and oyster aquaculture industries.
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Northam to discuss combating drug addiction from practice to policy at VCU

- Gov. Ralph Northam will address VCU and VCU Health students, faculty and staff on the issue of the opioid epidemic during a Grand Rounds lecture next week.
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Unvaccinated horse tests positive for West Nile Virus

- The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus in a horse this year.
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Northam announces $4.2 million in GO Virginia grants

- Governor Northam today announced three regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $4,217,500.
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VCU poll: Virginians see schools as safe, look increasingly to mental health approaches to school safety

- A new statewide poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU finds that Virginians increasingly see mental health approaches as important for school safety.
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Congressman McEachin announces two grant awards for Chesterfield County

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced two grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded to Chesterfield County.
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Congressman McEachin announces $30+ million in housing grants

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced numerous grants for localities throughout the Fourth Congressional District awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
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Pressure mounts on Northam to oppose Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Mountain Valley Pipeline

- Today, 54 Virginia organizations and businesses sent a letter to Gov. Ralph Northam asking him to visit the land and communities at risk from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for fracked gas, and to oppose the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.
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Morgan Griffith: 2018 healthcare checkup

- On August 7, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a $500,000 grant to the Health Wagon for construction of a healthcare clinic in Clintwood.
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Northam, Richmond Road Runners Club to host 5K race, kids run

- Registration is open for the inaugural Governor’s Race 5K and First Lady’s Kids Run. The event is a collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the OnTheSquareVA employee engagement initiative, and the Richmond Road Runners Club.
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Northam launches Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI enforcement campaign to combat drunk driving

- Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia DMV joined with local and state police to preview the upcoming period of increased enforcement to combat the rise in drunk driving deaths during Labor Day weekend.
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Warner, Kaine announce $750K for drug courts in Harrisonburg, Richmond

- U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $400,000 in federal funding for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Drug Court Program and $350,000 in federal funding for the Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court (RADTC) Program.