Amazon Web Services to bring up to 1,500 new jobs to Fairfax

HERNDON, Va. (AP) – A division of Amazon.com Inc. is establishing a corporate campus in Fairfax County that could bring up to 1,500 new jobs.Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced  yesterday that Amazon Web Services, which already has a significant presence in northern Virginia, is establishing an East Coast corporate campus in the Herndon area.Virginia competed against Texas and Washington State for the project.Virginia won the competition with an economic incentive plan that could be worth more than $10 million. The grant calls for Amazon to receive a grant of $7,000 for every net new job created, once the number of new jobs reaches 600. The per-job grant is capped at 1,500.

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First black state supreme court justice to speak at school

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) – The first black justice on Virginia’s Supreme Court will welcome new students to William & Mary this fall.The university says in a press release that John Charles Thomas will speak at the school’s Aug. 30 convocation in Williamsburg. The event marks the beginning of the academic year.Thomas was 32 years old when he was appointed to state Supreme Court. He was also the youngest person to sit on the bench, which he served on until 1989.Thomas is now a senior partner at the Hunton & Williams law firm. He is also a longtime member of the school’s board.The convocation also coincides with the start of a yearlong set of events to commemorate the school’s first black residential student 50 years ago.

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Environmental groups sue over pipeline permitting decision

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Several environmental groups are suing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality over part of the permitting process for two proposed natural gas pipelines.The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Bold Alliance and Preserve Craig Inc. filed suit this week in Richmond Circuit Court. They’re challenging an approval DEQ granted in April that allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the broader of two types of water quality reviews for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.The suit alleges, among other things, that DEQ “acted arbitrarily and capriciously in finding that water quality protection requirements would be met” under that process.DEQ spokesman Bill Hayden says the department has no comment.A spokesman for the Corps’ Norfolk District says the more “comprehensive” review process could still be used.

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McAuliffe announces Mexican trade agreement, jabs Trump

Governor Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a new agreement with a state in Mexico to explore trade agreements and taking a jab at President Donald Trump.McAuliffe announced  yesterday  that Virginia and the Mexican state of Baja California had signed a memorandum of understanding to foster trade. The announcement came as McAuliffe met with Mexican business leaders at an event in Washington.The governor, a Democrat, said on Twitter that in Virginia “we build opportunities NOT walls!”McAuliffe has been an outspoken critic of Trump, a Republican, and his promised wall on the Mexican border. McAuliffe said that it was irresponsible to isolate the state’s third largest trading partner, and said “hateful” rhetoric has no place in Virginia.

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Families to get help paying for food during school break

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal grant will help about 9,000 Virginia students and their families pay for food this summer.Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Nutrition Service grant will benefit nine Richmond schools and eight Southwest Virginia school divisions.The governor’s office says families of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get $30 a month in benefits during the summer to help pay for meals.First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe says summer is difficult for some family’s household budgets when students who lose access to free or reduced-price summer meals. She says the money will provide families with “much-needed relief.”

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Virginia joins other states in Paris climate goal alliance

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is joining a coalition of  governors who say they are committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. McAuliffe said on Monday that Virginia is joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan group started by the governors of California, New York and Washington. The governor’s announcement comes a week after Republican President Donald Trump said he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris compact, an agreement involving nearly 200 nations aimed at slowing the warming of the planet. McAuliffe, a Democrat, has been highly critical of Trump’s decision to leave the Paris agreement, and recently announced plans to regulate and cap carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in Virginia fired by fossil fuels.

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Virginia teen identified as rape suspect through DNA

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s DNA databank has identified a teen as the suspect of an October 2015 rape and beating of a 47-year-old woman.Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the 18-year-old man pleaded no contest to the attack in Chesterfield Circuit Court on Friday.The prosecution and defense reached a plea agreement after the teen’s first trial on the rape and sodomy charges ended with a hung jury.Chesterfield prosecutor Stephen Sharpe says the victim was walking and only a few houses away from the home of her ex-husband she’d been helping pack for a trip when a man asked her for a cigarette before sexually assaulting her.The teen’s sentencing is in September and he faces up to five years in prison. He’s free on bond but remains electronically monitored with an ankle bracelet.

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British police arrest at least 12 as Londoners recall night of terror

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LONDON (AP) — British police arrested a dozen people Sunday over a vehicle and knife attack in London that left seven people dead, as Londoners told how a weekend night out in the city erupted into violence and terror, lightened by moments of kindness and acts of heroism. The major political parties suspended campaigning in the country’s general election for the day, but Prime Minister Theresa May said the vote would take place as scheduled on Thursday, because “violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process.” The assault unfolded over a few terrifying minutes Saturday, starting when a van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on busy London Bridge. Three men fled the van with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police and witnesses said.”They went ‘this is for Allah’ and they had a woman on the floor, they were stabbing her,” said witness Gerard Vowls.

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Small business grants not helping poorer regions of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A grant program designed to boost small businesses has resulted in few new jobs in the poorer parts of Virginia.A new report shows that the Small Business Jobs Grant Fund helped retain or create 444 new jobs in fiscal 2016.But most of those jobs were Northern Virginia. Only six were in Southwest Virginia and none in Southside Virginia.The fund was created in 2010 and provides grants to small businesses that create at least five new full-time positions. The average wage of jobs helped created by the fund was $74,000 a year.

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Governor announces $95,000 in grants to spruce up downtowns

Governor Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe is awarding $95,000 to seven Virginia towns and cities to help spruce up their downtowns. McAuliffe announced yesterday he was awarding grants to Culpeper, Marion, South Boston, Wytheville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg and Staunton. The money will be used from projects ranging from a mural project to a hotel redesign.The Downtown Investment Grants, which administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, are meant to help revitalize historic downtown districts.

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