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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Ralph Northam has issued an executive order setting a goal for Virginia to produce 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050.

The order announced Tuesday says the goal will help address climate change, a challenge that "poses potentially devastating risk to Virginia."

The order sets an intermediate goal of reaching 30% renewable energy by 2030. It also says the Commonwealth's agencies and executive branch institutions will aim to procure at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2022.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A law firm's investigation into whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appeared in a racist yearbook photo cost nearly $368,000.

The Virginian-Pilot reports invoices obtained through a freedom of information request show Eastern Virginia Medical School received the final bill on Aug. 16.

McGuireWoods LLP said in May that it couldn't determine whether Northam is in the picture published in 1984 of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia governor embroiled in a blackface scandal earlier this year is appointing a new top aide whose job will be to make government more inclusive.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that he's appointing Janice Underwood to a newly created senior position whose duties will include formulating a strategic plan to "address systemic inequities" in state government.

Underwood is the former director of diversity initiatives at Old Dominion University.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The federal government is making low-interest loans available to residents and business owners in parts of northern Virginia impacted by flooding in early July.

Gov. Ralph Northam's office said in a statement that businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The borrowed funds are meant to help repair or replace real estate, equipment and other assets damaged or destroyed in the July 8 flooding.

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FORT MONROE, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is praising the state's removal of Confederate president Jefferson Davis' name from an archway at the site where the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia 400 years ago.

Northam said at a news conference Tuesday that removing the letters from a 1950s-era archway reading "Jefferson Davis Memorial Park" at Fort Monroe will make the state more "welcoming and reflective of our values."

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Just over 300,000 low-income Virginia adults have enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program.

Gov. Ralph Northam made the announcement Wednesday at a health center in Alexandria.

State officials have previously estimated that roughly 400,000 adults would be newly eligible for Medicaid under the expansion lawmakers approved last year.

Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey said in a news release that more than 229,100 newly eligible adults had received some type of health service.

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FORT MONROE, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Department of Historic Resources is backing an alternative to Gov. Ralph Northam's call to take down a 1950s-era archway honoring the president of the Confederacy.

The preservation officer at Fort Monroe says that instead, just the letters reading "Jefferson Davis Memorial Park" should be removed from the arch at the historic U.S. Army site.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is asking his administration to come up with a plan to improve early education efforts for low-income kids.

The governor announced a new "Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness" Wednesday made up of education, social services and budget officials he's tasked with expanding access to early education in Virginia.

Northam said he wants the team to develop a plan to make sure all kids aged 3 to 4 have access to publicly subsidized child care and education programs by 2025.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he's found $1.5 million in state money to spend on outreach efforts for the 2020 Census.

The Democratic governor announced Tuesday he's authorized using money from the state's Economic Contingency Fund for the census effort.

Earlier this year the Republican-led General Assembly rejected Northam's request that money be included in the state budget. But Northam's office said the funding was vital to ensure a complete count of historically "hard-to-count" populations during the next census.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career.

New campaign finance reports filed Monday show the Democratic governor raised slightly more than $300,000 between April and June. That's far below the seven-figure hauls his predecessors, former Govs. Terry McAuliffe and Bob McDonnell, raised during similar periods when they were in office.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is urging the federal government to grant tax breaks on donations to the victims of a recent mass shooting.

Northam issued a proclamation Tuesday saying that the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund performs an "essential government function."

Northam urged the IRS to issue a similar finding so that donations to the fund, which was established by the United Way, are tax deductible.

Northam said the fund has received more than $3 million in donations from thousands of contributors so far.

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The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority unveiled a new payload processing facility.

CEO and Executive Director of the agency Dale Nash compared the facility to an operating room for the spaceport on Wallops Island.

WBOC reports that the site will be used to prepare satellites and other payloads for rocket launches.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam attended yesterday’s ribbon cutting ceremony telling those in attendance that the new facility will add to the economic diversity of the state’s Eastern Shore.

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Republican Elizabeth Lankford owner of Blue Crab Bay Company says she will run for the state senate on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

She will be challenging incumbent Democrat Lynwood Lewis in November’s general election.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times that she would focus on issues ranging from the opioid crisis and health insurance costs to flooding that has gotten worse over the last decade.

Meanwhile, Lewis was firsts elected to the state Senate in 2014 to replace Ralph Northam after he won his bid for Lt. Governor.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is now a key election battleground in the long-running fight over gun laws.

Interest groups and activists on both sides are gearing up for a major clash after Republicans on Tuesday adjourned a special legislative session.

Virginia is the only state where control of the Legislature is up for grabs this year. The GOP currently holds a narrow majority.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to debate and vote on whether new gun laws are needed after a gunman killed a dozen people a little more than a month ago.

Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered lawmakers to return to the Capitol Tuesday and called on them to pass a wide range of gun-control measures. The governor, a Democrat, called for "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers" after a Virginia Beach city employee shot and killed his coworkers at a municipal building on May 31

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to assemble Tuesday for what will likely be a contentious legislative session on gun laws.

Gov. Ralph Northam called the special session last month shortly after a Virginia Beach city employee opened fire on his coworkers at a municipal building on May 31 and killed twelve people.

Northam is a Democrat faced with a gun-friendly, Republican-controlled General Assembly. He is urging action on a several gun-control measures. He said lawmakers owe the victims of gun violence "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers."

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The National Rifle Association will hold a town hall meeting in Virginia Beach about a month after it experienced 2019's deadliest mass shooting.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the town hall is scheduled for Monday. Another is scheduled for Tuesday on the state's Eastern Shore.

The lobbying arm of the NRA will focus on proposals that are likely to come up at the July 9 special legislative session that Gov. Ralph Northam convened in the tragedy's wake.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond's mayor has called for a local ordinance that would ban guns in city-owned buildings, parks and community facilities.

Mayor Levar Stoney said he is proposing the local law now so the city will be prepared if state lawmakers pass legislation to broaden the ability of local governments to prohibit guns in city buildings when they meet in a special session next month.

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ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - Some people in western Virginia are voicing their opposition to the gun-control measures that Gov. Ralph Northam proposed in the wake of last month's mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

The Roanoke Times reports that about 50 people packed a round-table meeting on gun policy Tuesday in Abingdon. The crowd rebuked just about everything that was said by round-table host Brian Moran, Virginia's Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrats in Virginia are trying to make the public case for greater gun restrictions ahead of a special legislative session on guns next month following a deadly mass shooting.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and others stressed the need for greater gun control laws at a roundtable discussion at a Richmond church on Monday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than 50 localities in Virginia have been awarded over $3.47 million in grants to pay for new school resource and security officers.

Earlier this year, Gov. Ralph Northam approved the General Assembly's amendment to add an additional $3 million for a grant program to increase the number of Virginia schools with school resource and school security officers.

The grants will place school resource officers and school security officer positions at 45 elementary schools, 17 middle schools and 31 high schools.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is announcing a series of public talks his administration will host in the run up to a July 9 special session on gun laws.

Northam's office said Thursday that Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey are hosting the roundtable discussions around the state. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will join some of the events.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's tourism industry generated $26 billion in visitor spending across all communities in 2018, a 4.4% increase over 2017.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that the tourism industry also provided $1.8 billion in state and local revenue in 2018. That's an increase of 2.9% compared to the previous year.

The slogan "Virginia is for Lovers" was developed in 1969 by Richmond-based advertising firm Martin & Woltz, now the Martin Agency. It is the longest-running state tourism slogan in the country.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill striking Jim Crow-era exceptions from Virginia's minimum-wage law, and he formed a commission to find other discriminatory language in state laws and regulations.

The bill the Democrat signed Tuesday eliminates an exemption in state law that said certain jobs traditionally held by African Americans, including ushers and doormen, didn't have to pay minimum wage.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has formed a new commission tasked with finding discriminatory language in state laws and regulations.

Northam signed an executive order Tuesday establishing the commission and tasking it issue findings by November.

The order came same day as the governor held a ceremonial bill signing ceremony that struck Jim Crow-era exceptions from the state's minimum wage law. Previously, state law said certain jobs traditionally held by African Americans, including ushers and doormen, were exempt from paying minimum wage.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia residents with suspended driver's licenses because of unpaid court debt are getting letters telling them how to restore their driving privileges.

Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine tells the Roanoke Times that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is sending 500,000 letters to Virginia residents with suspended licenses. The letters advise residents about what's required before they can drive.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is reiterating his denial that he's in a racist photo that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.

Northam made the comments Wednesday after an investigation commissioned by Eastern Virginia Medical School failed to determine whether Northam is in the yearbook photo of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The findings of an investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam are set to be released.

Eastern Virginia Medical School plans to make the results of the investigation public at a news conference on Wednesday.

The independent investigation was conducted by the law firm McGuireWoods on behalf of the medical school in Norfolk.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A state panel has unanimously approved a request from a northern Virginia county to rename a highway that currently honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board voted unanimously Wednesday to change the name of U.S. Route 1 in Arlington County from Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway.

Arlington County requested the change last month, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam supported the change. The road is already called Richmond Highway in Fairfax County and Alexandria.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has proclaimed May "Second Chance Month" in a bid to focus attention on criminal justice reform and inmate reentry programs.

Northam said in a statement Wednesday that redemption is a "fundamental American value" and that his administration is committed to making sure that former inmates have the support they need to succeed.

The governor's proclamation comes a few months after he asked Virginians for a second chance following a blackface scandal that almost forced him from office.

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