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Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Advance Of Expected Winter Storm

December 8, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency in advance of winter weather effects on southern Virginia anticipated to begin this weekend and last into the early part of next week. A state of emergency allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources and to deploy people and equipment to assist in response and recovery efforts.

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Governor Unveils Comprehensive Economic Development Policy For The Commonwealth

December 7, 2018

Speaking at the Virginia Chamber Foundation’s 2018 Virginia Economic Summit, Governor Ralph Northam today presented his Comprehensive Economic Development Policy for the Commonwealth, which focuses on leveraging Virginia’s human capital, physical and virtual infrastructure assets, and innovation ecosystem.

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Governor Northam Urges Virginians To Prepare For Early Winter Storm

December 7, 2018

Bitter temperatures and a strong storm front expected to pass through Virginia this weekend will set up conditions for a wintry mix of snow, sleet, ice, and rain over parts of western, central, and northern Virginia. Governor Ralph Northam has placed state agencies, including the Virginia Departments of Transportation and Emergency Management, and State Police, on alert.

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Herring Joins AG Coalition To Stop Robocalls

December 7, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced he has joined a bipartisan group of 40 state attorneys general to stop or reduce annoying and dangerous robocalls. The coalition of attorneys general is reviewing the technology major telecom companies are pursuing to combat illegal robocalls.

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Governor Announces $5.9 Million In Grants For Law Enforcement And Services For Crime Victims

December 6, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $5.9 million in grants administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services have been awarded to support the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system. The grants were approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board at its meeting in Richmond on Dec. 6, 2018. 

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Governor Establishes Executive Leadership Team On Highway Safety

December 4, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Directive Two which establishes an Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety that is charged with reducing the rising number of fatalities on Virginia’s roadways. The first-of-its-kind initiative will kick off with #YourSayVA Digital Town Hall on distracted driving.

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Northam Administration Kicks Off Computer Science Education Week In Virginia

December 3, 2018

Proclaiming Dec. 3–9, 2018 as Computer Science Education Week in Virginia, today Governor Ralph Northam will join First Lady Pamela Northam and administration officials to kick off a series of events designed to encourage students of all ages to get interested in computer science, and expand opportunities for computer science education in all parts of the Commonwealth. Computer Science Education

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Governor Launches Application For Second Cohort Of Virginia Management Fellows

November 27, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced the application launch for the second Virginia Management Fellows cohort. The program is an initiative of the Commonwealth of Virginia developed in partnership with Virginia Tech to meet the state’s needs for future leaders. The deadline to complete the online application is Dec. 7, 2018.

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Governor Announces Collaborative Effort To Transform Virginia Community College System

November 27, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced a collaborative effort to transform workforce programs offered through the Virginia Community College System. The governor allocates $5 million investment of federal workforce funds to redesign career pathways to place skills training at forefront.

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AG Herring Fights To Protect States’ Ability To Hold Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable

November 26, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring led a bipartisan group of 22 state attorneys general in urging the Supreme Court to uphold states’ ability to sue pharmaceutical manufacturers when they mislead consumers about the potential side effects of their products. In an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court Nov. 21, Attorney General Herring and his counterparts argue that Merck, a pharmaceutical company, should be held liable under state law for misleading and misrepresenting the side effects of their drug Fosamax®. 

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