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March freeze takes a hit on Virginia fruit crop

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Unseasonably warm winter weather followed by a cold snap late this month has central Virginia orchard owners and farm managers trying to assess the damage to their crops. The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/2nQHzSZ ) the recent weather mostly took a toll on fruits such as peaches, nectarines and plums that were […]

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McAuliffe wants to re-institute 1 handgun a month law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he wants to reinstitute a law limiting gun sales to one handgun a month. The governor, a Democrat, said Monday he was adding an amendment an unrelated bill related to concealed carry permits to include a provision reinstituting a 1993 one-handgun-a-month law. McAuliffe’s proposal has little […]

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Blood donations needed

The American Red Cross is issuing a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations. Type O negative blood […]

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McAuliffe vetoes concealed guns for victims bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would allow people protected under a court order to carry a hidden handgun without getting a permit. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said Friday that the bill “perpetuates the dangerous fiction” that domestic violence victims would be safer if they were armed. Democrats have generally […]

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Virginia officials work to combat tax refund fraud

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia taxpayers may have to wait a little longer for expected tax refunds as state officials work to combat tax refund fraud related to identity theft. State officials have mailed about 104,000 letters to taxpayers this year asking for additional information to verify their identities. Officials say the extra paperwork helps […]

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UVa faculty: New president should have academic background

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Faculty members at the University of Virginia are calling on the search committee for the school’s next president to choose someone with an academic background. The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/2mSoVVw ) that faculty members said at a public meeting this week that they believe the next president should have experience in […]

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McAuliffe vetoes bill seeking religious protections

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed Republican-backed legislation that would bar the government from punishing anyone who refuses to participate in same-sex weddings because of their religious beliefs. McAuliffe, a Democrat, vetoed similar legislation last year. Republican supporters say the measure is necessary to protect religious freedom. But the governor said […]

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McAuliffe pledges to protect drivers from 5-figure toll debt

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s governor has pledged to protect drivers from skyrocketing toll debts owed to a private company. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in Portsmouth Thursday that a proposed budget amendment would cap debt at $2,200 for first-time offenders. Some drivers currently owe as much as $18,000 for crossing the Elizabeth River. The plan […]

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Manufacturing facility to create 50 new jobs in Chesapeake

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a manufacturing company is bringing 50 new jobs to Chesapeake. The Democratic governor says Atlantic Core Building Products plans to invest $3 million to build a manufacturing operation facility in the city. He says the project by the manufacturer of steel and commercial construction projects will […]

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