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Righting 'sins of omission': Monument honors Virginia women

Oct. 14, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Around a thousand people filled Virginia's Capitol Square for the dedication Monday of statues honoring some of the state's trailblazing women, part of a monument organizers say is unlike any other in the country. The new women's monument, about a decade in the making, will eventually...

Virginia governor issues drought watch for entire state

Oct. 12, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Worsening dry conditions affecting Virginia have prompted Gov. Ralph Northam to place the state under a drought watch. The watch issued Friday advises residents, local governments and businesses to use less water. It is meant to get people ready in the event of "a significant drought...

Virginia gov says he's restored civil rights to 22K felons

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he has restored voting and other civil rights to more than 22,000 felons who have completed their sentences since taking office last year. Northam announced the milestone Wednesday. The restored rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury and run...

Competitive Senate race spends over $1 million in media ads

Oct. 7, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A competitive race in District 12 — covering Henrico and Hanover counties — has become the first Senate race in Virginia to spend over $1 million in broadcast TV ads. Democratic candidate Del. Debra Rodman is running against Republican incumbent Siobhan Dunnavant, both...

Virginia to develop 4 new solar energy projects

Oct. 4, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Permits were issued Thursday for the construction and operation of four new solar projects that are expected to offset carbon dioxide emissions in the state by 459 million pounds — the equivalent of driving more than 44,000 cars for a year. "Virginia is adopting solar technology...

Candidate's TV spot invokes Virginia Beach mass shooting

Oct. 1, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Democrat running for Virginia's state Senate is invoking the recent mass shooting in Virginia Beach in a new television spot. The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that the ad is from Democrat Missy Cotter Smasal. She hopes to unseat Sen. Bill DeSteph, a Republican who represents...

Dominion planning large wind farm off Virginia coast

Sep. 19, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy announced plans Thursday to seek approval to build what it says would be the largest offshore wind project in the United States off the Virginia coast. The company told The Associated Press ahead of a public announcement that the project would include about 220 wind...

Trudeau can look to US politicians amid brownface scandal

Sep. 19, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau need only look to the United States for lessons on how to survive the furor over a photo of him in brownface at a costume party nearly two decades ago. A few Southern politicians responded to similar scandals recently with denials, apologies...

Voter registration up in Virginia's Democratic strongholds

Sep. 17, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Over the past four years, voter registration has grown more in Virginia localities that tend to vote Democratic than in localities that usually go Republican. That could spell trouble for the GOP heading into November's elections. Between August 2015 and August 2019, voter registration...

Virginia governor sets renewable energy goal: 100% by 2050

Sep. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he signed an executive order setting a goal for the state to produce 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050. Such a shift will help address climate change, a challenge that "poses potentially devastating risk to Virginia,"...