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Outgoing Governor Terry McAuliffe gave his final State of the Commonwealth speech in Richmond Wednesday night. He celebrated Virginia’s growing economy and low unemployment, and said his greatest pride while in office was restoring voting rights to former felons.

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Despite the drama in the last few weeks about who will control the Virginia House of Delegates, the session kicked off Wednesday with a unanimous vote for speaker.

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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.

Clowns Without Borders

You’ve probably heard of Doctors Without Borders – an international group the provides medical care in places where war, epidemics and natural disasters have overwhelmed local physicians.  Modeling itself on that concept, a group of clowns formed 25 years ago, vowing to bring laughter to the people who need it most.  

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Virginians are protesting today’s announcement from the Trump administration allowing offshore drilling for oil and gas along the East Coast of this state, the Carolinas and Georgia.  Many different groups have joined in opposition.

Dominion Energy says the recent cold snap highlights the need for more natural gas pipelines in Virginia.

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Despite the rising cost of tuition, more students have enrolled in Virginia colleges and universities than ever before and they’re majoring in some surprising subjects. 

Jeff Burger and Misa Hopkins

The events in Charlottesville last summer are now part of history, but a local couple is doing something they hope will prevent future fights.  They’ve launched – a multi-media effort called the Beliefs Project to help people understand and talk with those who have different views. 

Senator Tim Kaine toured the Children’s Hospital at UVA today and met with parents who are worried about the failure of Congress to fund CHIP – a federal program that pays for children’s healthcare.  He told them he’s confident lawmakers will come through.

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Democratic Governor-Elect Ralph Northam says expanding medicaid and reducing gun violence are at the top of his legislative agenda. He unveiled his priorities in Richmond Tuesday, along with current Governor Terry McAuliffe.

 

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