Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Requests Virginia Exemption from Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan

RICHMOND — In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Governor-elect Ralph Northam today requested that Virginia be excluded from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s plans to expand offshore drilling off of all U.S. waters. The request follows Secretary Zinke’s announcement that Florida will be exempted from the plan. “I grew up on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and can tell you firsthand that the Chesapeake Bay and the Commonwealth’s ocean and coastal resources are every bit as ecologically and economically valuable as those of Florida, a state that was recently exempted from the leasing plan,” Governor-elect...

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Virginia industry seeks historical betting legalization

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia horse racing officials want to legalize gaming machines that allow people to bet on past races as part of a deal to sell a popular racetrack. The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports historical race terminals have been accepted in other states as revenue-generators for the horse racing field, but critics say the terminals are slot machines in disguise. Sale negotiations of the shuttered Colonial Downs racetrack to potential buyer Revolutionary Racing seemingly hang on the legalization of the machines. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s final budget proposal includes language that would approve the...

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Virginia makes deal to extend I-95 Express Lanes by 10 miles

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia has reached a deal to extend its Express Lanes on Interstate 95 another 10 miles south into Fredericksburg in an effort to relieve one of the nation’s worst traffic bottlenecks. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the deal Wednesday with Transurban, the private company that manages a network of Express Lanes already in place throughout northern Virginia. The Express Lanes can be used for free by carpoolers. Solo drivers who want to use the lanes pay a toll that varies by traffic volume. McAuliffe said the deal won’t require any upfront money from the state. A...

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The Latest: Democrat concedes in tight Virginia House race

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Democrat has conceded to the Republican in the race for Virginia’s 94th District House seat. Shelly Simonds used Twitter to announce her concession to Del. David Yancey on Wednesday. Her concession came more than two months after November’s hotly contested election. Her decision followed a recount that she appeared to win by one vote, a court’s decision to declare a tie and the drawing of names from a bowl that she lost. Simonds said she didn’t “see any legal pathways forward and I want representation for the 94th district today.” She said she...

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The Latest: McAuliffe delivers final address to lawmakers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Outgoing Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his proudest achievement during his four years in office was restoring voting and other civil rights to thousands of felons who had completed their sentences. McAuliffe discussed his legacy in his final “State of the Commonwealth” address to lawmakers Wednesday evening. He also touted his record on economic development, announcing Virginia has attracted more than $20 billion in new capital investment since he took office. That’s a figure McAuliffe says exceeds any previous governor by more than $6.5 billion dollars. McAuliffe says witnessing the “bigotry and violence” during...

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Richmond Raceway Expands 2018 NASCAR Season Launch Spectacular to Two-Day Event on January 26-27

Richmond Raceway (Richmond) is set to wave the green flag to start the track’s historic 2018 season by hosting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup at the inaugural Season Launch Spectacular. Due to overwhelming demand, the event has been expanded to a two-day event on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 at the Richmond Raceway Complex’s Old Dominion Building. The Season Launch Spectacular will include fan photo opportunities with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Dale Earnhardt’s 1994 Winston Cup Series championship trophy. The event will also showcase iconic race cars in NASCAR history including Martin Truex Jr’s 2017...

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United Airlines offers new service between Denver, Norfolk

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — United Airlines will add nonstop service between Denver and one Virginia city beginning in June. The Norfolk International Airport said in a news release on Monday that United Airlines will offer daily service from the southeastern Virginia airport to Denver International Airport, starting June 8. Norfolk Airport Authority Executive Director Robert Bowen says the addition offers the local community “needed access” to Denver, and expands its West Coast and Pacific reach. The service will be operated on 128-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. The Virginian-Pilot reports that a search on United’s website...

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Northam: Gun control, Medicaid among priorities for 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam says curbing gun violence and expanding Medicaid will be two of his top legislative priorities after he takes office Saturday. Northam spoke with outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a press conference Tuesday, one day before the start of the General Assembly session. The two laid out a joint legislative package. It includes legislation that would implement universal background checks for gun purchases. It also calls for Medicaid expansion to cover more low-income Virginians. Northam called the proposals “nonpartisan” and “common sense.” He says he expects support from both sides of the...

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Environmental groups sue FERC over Mountain Valley approval

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups is suing federal regulators over their approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas across West Virginia and Virginia. The lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was filed late Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. It challenges the commission’s 2-1 decision to grant what’s called a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the approximately 300-mile project. The lawsuit argues in part that FERC didn’t do enough to establish the true need for the pipeline. Attorneys for Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed...

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Northam announces pick for secretary of commerce, trade

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has appointed a northern Virginia business executive and former policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve as his secretary of commerce and trade. Northam announced Tuesday that Esther Lee will join his cabinet. Lee, who started her career as a CNN journalist, has served as a top executive at Burson-Marsteller, a global strategic communication firm, and worked for other Fortune 500 companies. She’s currently the vice chair of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her a senior policy adviser to the U.S....

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2018 General Assembly session set to kick off

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia General Assembly is set to kick off its 2018 session. Lawmakers will officially convene at noon Wednesday, and a host of new faces will fill the House of Delegates, where Democrats picked up 15 seats in the November elections. Later in the day, outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe will give his final State of the Commonwealth address. Lawmakers will be tasked with passing the state budget and will also debate a host of other issues. Hundreds of bills have already been filed, covering issues including taxes, transportation, education and criminal justice reform. Democratic Gov.-elect...

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One Killed In Single Vehicle Crash

KING WILLIAM CO., Va. – On Tuesday (January 9, 2018), at approximately 10:22 a.m., the Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash with fatality at westbound Globe Road, .3 miles east of Mitchell Mill Road, in King William County. The Trooper’s preliminary investigation shows that a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Cynthia Leigh Lapierre, 35, of Aylett, Va., was traveling westbound on Globe Road, lost control of the vehicle running off road left.  Lapierre then veered back onto the roadway right, hitting a culvert pipe forcing the vehicle to flip onto its driver side and hitting a tree....

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Customs seizes $55K in counterfeit Air Jordans at airport

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Customs officers at Dulles International Airport in Virginia have seized nearly $55,000 worth of counterfeit Air Jordan shoes. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that 400 pairs of the counterfeit Nikes arrived at the airport last month, destined for an address in Alexandria, Virginia. Officers suspected the shoes, which arrived from China mimicking assorted models of the shoe, were fakes. The shoes retail for well over $100 and have been popular since the...

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Proposal would create alerts for “critically missing” adults

(Information from: WUSA-TV, http://www.wusatv9.com) NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state lawmaker has authored a bill that would create alerts for “critically missing” adults. WUSA-TV reported Monday that the legislation is unofficially named after a Maryland woman who police say was kidnapped from a naval base in Virginia and later found dead in North Carolina. Ashanti Billie’s family lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland. They said alerts should be in place for suspicious situations like the one Billie was in. Virginia House Del. Jerrauld “Jay” Jones of Norfolk introduced the bill. If passed into law, it would create the...

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Officer shoots suspect in Virginia, woman found dead in home

(Information from: Danville Register & Bee, http://www.registerbee.com) DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say an officer shot and killed a suspect who shot at police responding to a home in which a woman was later found dead. Sgt. Rick Garletts with Virginia State Police wrote in a statement that Danville police responded to a call from a woman who said a man was shooting at her shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. Officers tried to negotiate with 54-year-old Richard R. Towler, but authorities say he came out of the house shooting and one officer returned fire, killing Towler. Police...

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