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.