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Women’s basketball: Virginia hosts No. 5 Notre Dame on Thursday

The Virginia women’s basketball team (16-9, 9-3 ACC) hosts No. 5 Notre Dame (23-2, 11-1 ACC) on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.


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Northam announces new solar project in Gloucester County

The Department of Environmental Quality has issued a permit for Strata Solar Development to construct and operate a new solar facility, Gloucester Solar, LLC, in Gloucester County. The 19.8 megawatt (MW) project will supply enough electricity to power more than 4,000 homes.


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Report shows historic preservation tax credits boost Virginia economy

First Lady Pam Northam highlighted the findings of two just-completed studies that show the sustained and substantial contribution preservation makes to Virginia’s economy through the incentives of state historic rehabilitation tax credits (RTCs) to repurpose and recycle old buildings.


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House passes Toscano amendment to bar utilities from double-charging consumers for infrastructure improvements

The Virginia House of Delegates today passed House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano’s amendment to HB 1558 that would prevent utility companies, such as Dominion Energy, from charging consumers twice for infrastucture investments.


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There is joy in the morning: Virginia basketball is #1

The last time Virginia basketball was ranked #1 in the nation, in 1982, I was 10 years old, and being 10 years old, and only cognizant of the outside world for, what, maybe two years, I just assumed that this was how the world worked, that Virginia basketball was always going to be #1.


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There’s something for everyone in sprawling, historical, modern Virginia

The state tourist motto is Virginia is for Lovers.  Here are ten great Virginia events and attractions that demonstrate how easy it is to love Virginia. 


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New invasive pest detected in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) just announced the detection of a new invasive insect pest in Virginia. In early January, VDACS inspectors discovered the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, at a stone yard in Frederick County near Winchester.


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Farmers invited to free manure-management workshops

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will host two free workshops to help farmers maximize the use of manure on their farms.


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Agriculture impacted by new government appointees

Gov. Ralph Northam has made appointments for key positions that may impact agriculture.


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Republicans kill constitutional amendment that would change Virginia’s balance of power

On the same day they killed their own bill to allow guns in churches, House Republicans also killed their proposed constitutional amendment that would have drastically altered the balance of power in Virginia state government.


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Fox 21’s Homeland slated to have record impact on Virginia economy

The Showtime drama Homeland, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, is on track to produce an estimated $45 million in direct spending in the Commonwealth, representing the largest single production expenditure in Virginia’s history.


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ESPN College GameDay crew talks Virginia-Virginia Tech

The ESPN College GameDay crew – Rece Davis, Seth Greenberg, Jay Bilas and Jay Williams – are in Charlottesville for Saturday’s game between #2 Virginia and Virginia Tech.


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House GOP kills its own bill allowing guns in churches

Following the release of a poll showing broad public support for reasonable gun reform measures, House Republicans today killed a bill that would have repealed a statutory prohibition on guns and other dangerous weapons in places of worship. 


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Former AG nominee endorses Ben Cline for Sixth District GOP nomination

Ben Cline, Republican candidate for Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District, announced today that John Adams, the 2017 Republican Attorney General nominee, has endorsed his campaign.


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Clean Virginia Project takes aim at Dominion Energy influence

The Clean Virginia Project is a new initiative to defend Virginia consumers and small business owners from the political stranglehold of Dominion Energy.


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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.