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  • Friday March 24th, 2017
    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 higher education, as opposed to business or politics. Other universities have hired ...
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  • Friday March 24th, 2017
    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 as he signed the veto Thursday while on WTOP-FM that the Constitution ...
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  • Friday March 24th, 2017
    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 would essentially close a loophole. Currently, the Macquarie-Skanska partnership can charge unlimited ...
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  • Thursday March 23rd, 2017
    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 create 50 new jobs. McAuliffe’s office says Virginia beat out North and ...
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  • Thursday March 23rd, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Donald Trump’s administration is asking a U.S. court to quickly hear its appeal of a ruling that blocked the president’s revised travel ban. Lawyers for the president filed a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia on Wednesday. In it, they argue that the matter is one of national importance and should be reviewed as soon as possible. They ...
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  • Thursday March 23rd, 2017
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) – The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is considering charging admission to its Historic Area. The Daily Press reports (http://bit.ly/2nKhR2e) that the general area is free. But the foundation requires tickets into homes, shops and museums as well as tours of the Governor’s Palace. The foundation detailed its concerns to Williamsburg’s city council in a recent memo. It said it loses between $1.3 million and $2.4 ...
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  • Thursday March 23rd, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia is honoring native son George Washington for his whiskey making prowess. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently signed legislation recognizing Washington’s rye whiskey produced at his Mount Vernon estate as the official state spirit. Washington was urged by his farm manager, James Anderson, to try distilling whiskey at Mount Vernon, according to the bill. Washington went slowly at first, producing 600 gallons in 1797. But ...
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