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Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 2.9%

November 16, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in October at 2.9 percent.

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Governor’s EMS Award Winners Announced At 39th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium

November 16, 2018

The 2018 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Award winners were announced at the 39th Annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. These awards, given in Governor Ralph Northam’s name, recognize outstanding EMS providers and organizations from across the Commonwealth for their demonstrated level of excellence and dedication to the EMS system.

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Virginia Announces New Educational Pathways For Early Childhood Teachers

November 15, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that for the first time in the Commonwealth, early childhood educators will have access to a seamless pathway for earning marketable credentials in early childhood education. The streamlined pathway connects credentials, associate’s degrees and baccalaureate programs.

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Herring Wins $50 Million In Penalties And Debt Relief For Retired Veterans, Civil Servants Targeted By Illegal Loans

November 15, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced that he has secured more than $50 million in debt relief and ordered civil penalties as a result of his lawsuit against Future Income Payments, LLC; FIP, LLC; and their owner, Scott Kohn, for making illegal, high-interest loans to more than 1,000 Virginia veterans and retirees in violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

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Governor Issues Executive Order To Address Virginia’s Unmet Housing Needs

November 15, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Twenty Five that establishes new state housing policy priorities designed to enhance the quality, availability and affordability of housing in the Commonwealth. This Executive Order will focus on developing housing policies and actions that increase the supply of permanent supportive housing, including programs to reduce homelessness and housing instability for vulnerable populations.

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AG Herring Introduces Legislation To Protect Virginians From Hate Crimes And White Supremacist Violence

November 15, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today unveiled a package of legislation to protect Virginians from the rise in hate crimes and white supremacist violence occurring in Virginia and around the country. A roundtable discussion series to be held across Virginia to discuss the issue and legislation. The session in Alexandria is on Monday, Dec. 3.

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Teen Cigarette Smoking Hits Record Low In Virginia

November 15, 2018

Teen cigarette smoking in Virginia is at an all-time low – 6.5 percent – according to the results of the 2017 Virginia Youth Survey. Nationally an estimated 7.6 percent of high school students are current cigarette smokers. But more high school students in Virginia still use alcohol, marijuana and e-cigarettes.

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Virginia Enters Agreement To Regulate Coal Combustion Residuals At Chesapeake Energy Center

November 14, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has reached an agreement with Dominion Energy to ensure that coal combustion residuals (or “coal ash”) at a major dump site in Chesapeake will not threaten water quality or public health.

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AG Herring Condemns Trump Administration’s Treatment Of Detained Immigrant Children

November 8, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring yesterday joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general condemning the proposed rule to circumvent Flores Agreement, which provides important protections for migrant children in detention.

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Governor Celebrates Grand Opening Of Virginia’s 38th State Park

November 8, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today officially opened Widewater State Park in Stafford County, the Commonwealth’s 38th state park. Widewater State Park covers 1,100 acres, including two miles of water frontage along the Potomac River and Aquia Creek.

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