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Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring Statement
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Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring Statement

~ On President Joe Biden’s repeal of the Muslim ban ~ RICHMOND (STL.News)– Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the below statement after President Joe Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office repealing the Muslim ban.  Attorney General Herring won the nation’s first preliminary injunction against the ban after a judge agreed with his argument that the ban unconstitutionally discriminated against Muslims: “This ban was a stain on our country and went against everything we stand for as Americans.  The United States was founded on freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion – and after four years, we can finally say that we embody those freedoms once again. “President Biden’s decision to repeal this discriminatory travel ban on his ...
Maryland: Devon Allen Odell Scott Charged For Multiple Charges
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Maryland: Devon Allen Odell Scott Charged For Multiple Charges

Maryland Man Devon Allen Odell Scott Charged with Kidnapping and Carjacking with Intent to Kill RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a Maryland man with the kidnapping and carjacking of a woman in Henrico County in September 2019. According to allegations in the indictment, on Sept. 18, 2019, Devon Allen Odell Scott, 38, of Edgewood, abducted a woman for the purpose of committing a sexual assault on and robbery of that same victim, and after traveling from Maryland to Virginia in furtherance of that offense.  In the course of the kidnapping, Scott forcibly carjacked the victim’s vehicle with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm to that victim. Scott is charged with carjacking and kidnapping.  If convicted, he faces a maximum penal...
Dominion Energy Closes on Sale to Berkshire Hathaway Energy
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Dominion Energy Closes on Sale to Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Dominion Energy Closes on Sale of Majority of Gas Transmission & Storage Assets to Berkshire Hathaway Energy Total enterprise value of approximately $8 billion representing more than 80% of total transaction value Remaining assets expected to close in early 2021 following Hart-Scott-Rodino clearance RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) announced today that it has closed on the sale of the majority of its gas transmission and storage assets to Berkshire Hathaway Energy, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A), for approximately $2.7 billion in cash and the transfer of approximately $5.3 billion of related indebtedness.  These operations include more than 5,500 miles of interstate gas transmission pipelines, about 775 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of gas storage tha...
Virginia Attorney General Herring Opposes Trump Administration’s Drastic Limits on International Student Visas
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Virginia Attorney General Herring Opposes Trump Administration’s Drastic Limits on International Student Visas

RICHMOND (STL.News) Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined coalition of 22 state attorneys general in opposing efforts by the Trump Administration to severely restrict the amount of time international students are allowed to stay in the United States.  Attorney General Herring and his colleagues submitted a comment letter opposing a proposed rule that would set fixed time limits of two or four years for student visas, upending longstanding policy that allows students to stay as long as they need to earn their degrees, as long as they meet certain requirements.  In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the coalition urges the agency to abandon the proposed rule, arguing that it would harm international students, limit educational opportunities for American students, da...
Richmond, Va: Jose Zavala-Higareda Sentenced to Prison for Role in a Multi-State Drug Conspiracy
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Richmond, Va: Jose Zavala-Higareda Sentenced to Prison for Role in a Multi-State Drug Conspiracy

Richmond, Va: Jose Zavala-Higareda Sentenced to Prison for Role in a Multi-State Drug Conspiracy (STL.News) – A Richmond man was sentenced today to seven years in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to traffic approximately 18 kilograms of heroin into the Richmond area. According to court documents, in June 2019, Special Agents with the Department of Homeland Security (HSI) seized approximately 24 kilograms of heroin, nearly 2 kilograms of fentanyl, and nearly 2 kilograms of methamphetamine from targets in Brownsville, Texas.  The substances were packaged in five tractor trailer batteries and various quantities were headed for Chicago, Illinois and Richmond.  Agents with HSI, working with Virginia State Police, coordinated a controlled delivery of the heroin which was destined to...
Virginia Governor Northam Announces to Establish First U.S. Operation in Henrico County
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Virginia Governor Northam Announces to Establish First U.S. Operation in Henrico County

Governor Northam Announces Danish Manufacturer Rose Holm to Establish First U.S. Operation in Henrico County New manufacturing facility will support Virginia’s fast-growing offshore wind industry RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Danish company Rose Holm, a leading manufacturer of threaded bolts for the food and beverage, wind power, and heat exchange industries in Northern Europe, will invest $1.35 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Henrico County.  The new operation will give the company close proximity to a major customer and further its wind energy efforts.  Virginia successfully competed with Indiana for the project, which will create 10 new jobs. “Virginia is all in for clean energy, and we welcome Rose Holm’s decision to ...
Virginia Governor Northam Announces Plasser American to Expand in Chesapeake
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Virginia Governor Northam Announces Plasser American to Expand in Chesapeake

Governor Northam Announces Plasser American to Expand in Chesapeake, Creating 98 New Jobs Railway maintenance equipment manufacturer will increase production capacity with $52.6 million investment RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Plasser American Corporation, a manufacturer of railway construction and maintenance equipment, will invest $52.6 million to expand in the City of Chesapeake.  The company will add a 45,000-square-foot, three-story office building and a new 82,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to increase production capacity.  The investment plan also involves the renovation of existing infrastructure and the addition of manufacturing equipment, including an updated industrial paint booth.  Plasser American will create 98 new jobs and acquir...
Richmond, Va: Armed Drug Dealer Shamel McLaughlin Sentenced to Prison
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Richmond, Va: Armed Drug Dealer Shamel McLaughlin Sentenced to Prison

Richmond, Va: Armed Drug Dealer Shamel McLaughlin Sentenced to Prison after Vehicular Pursuit (STL.News) – A previously convicted felon was sentenced today to over 12 years in prison for his possession of a firearm and possession of distribution amounts of cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base following a vehicular pursuit in the City of Richmond. According to court documents, in October 2019, Shamel McLaughlin, 35, of Richmond, engaged Richmond Police Department (RPD) officers in a high-speed vehicular pursuit in a residential neighborhood in the City of Richmond.  Upon stopping his vehicle, RPD officers apprehended McLaughlin after a brief foot pursuit.  A search of McLaughlin revealed a baggie with 3.45 grams of cocaine hydrochloride and 15 grams of marijuana.  Following McLaughlin’s ...
Dominion Energy Schedules Third-Quarter Earnings Conference Call
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Dominion Energy Schedules Third-Quarter Earnings Conference Call

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D) will host its third-quarter earnings conference call at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.  Management will discuss third-quarter financial results and other matters of interest to the financial community. Domestic callers should dial (800) 341-6228.  International callers should dial 1-334-777-6993.  The passcode for the conference call is 63771662#.  Participants should dial in 10 to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A live webcast of the conference call, including accompanying slides and other financial information, will be available on the investor information pages at investors.dominionenergy.com. A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at about 3 p.m. ET Nov. 5 and lasting until 11 p.m. ET N...
Virginia Governor & First Lady Northam Test Positive for COVID-19
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Virginia Governor & First Lady Northam Test Positive for COVID-19

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.  Both the Governor and First Lady received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon, and both tested positive.  Governor Northam is experiencing no symptoms.  First Lady Pamela Northam is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits. Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor and First Lady will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms.  The Governor is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff and will fulfill his...
Virginia Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Rent & Mortgage Relief Program
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Virginia Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Rent & Mortgage Relief Program

Landlords can now apply to receive rental assistance on behalf of tenants RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today announced the expansion of the Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which first launched at the end of June with $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to assist households facing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19.  Landlords can now apply to receive financial assistance for current and past-due rental payments dating back to April 1, 2020 on behalf of their tenants who qualify for RMRP. This new application is available in addition to the existing tenant-based application. Current state and federal eviction protections through the courts do not prevent rent and mortgage payments from accumulating.  The ...
Virginia Governor Northam Announces Huntington Ingalls Industries to Establish Unmanned Systems Facility
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Virginia Governor Northam Announces Huntington Ingalls Industries to Establish Unmanned Systems Facility

Governor Northam Announces Huntington Ingalls Industries to Establish Unmanned Systems Facility in Hampton Nation’s largest military shipbuilder will create more than 250 new jobs RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) will create more than 250 new jobs by establishing an Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence in Hampton. HII is the nation’s largest military shipbuilding company and provides professional services to government and industry. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project. “Virginia is proud to be home to the largest military shipbuilder in the country,” said Governor Northam. “Huntington Ingalls Industries is a national leader in advanced manufacturing, and this investment is a powerf...
Virginia Governor Northam Casts Vote in November General Election on First Day of Early Voting
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Virginia Governor Northam Casts Vote in November General Election on First Day of Early Voting

Governor Northam Casts Vote in November General Election on First Day of Early Voting in Virginia Reminds voters of options to vote absentee by mail or early in person, urges all Virginians to make a voting plan RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today voted early in person at the Richmond general registrar’s office on the first day of Virginia’s 45-day early voting period. New laws allow all Virginians to vote absentee by mail, or in person at their local registrar’s office or satellite locations.  The Governor signed legislation this year removing a previous provision that required absentee voters to provide a reason for voting early, so any Virginia voter may vote early without providing a specific reason. “Virginians can be confident their vote is secure, and will be coun...
Virginia Governor Northam Announces Four New Virginia Main Street Communities
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Virginia Governor Northam Announces Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

Program advances downtown revitalization, business development RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today welcomed the towns of Cape Charles, Onancock, Tappahannock, and Tazewell to the Virginia Main Street program.  The newly designated communities completed a competitive application process and will receive intensive services to help strengthen their downtowns, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development.  These include market analysis, marketplace development, capacity building, design assistance, organization development, economic strategies, and façade renderings for redevelopment projects. “These new Virginia Main Street communities are eager to revitalize their commercial districts and create opportunities for growth,” said Governor Northam.  “For ...
Virginia STEM Education Commission Presents Recommendations to Governor Northam
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Virginia STEM Education Commission Presents Recommendations to Governor Northam

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) The Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Commission today presented Governor Ralph Northam its recommendations for creating a statewide vision and a dynamic set of shared goals to inform how the Commonwealth prepares students for STEM jobs of the future.  The Commission’s final report outlines a path forward for ensuring equitable opportunities and access to STEM education and aligning Virginia’s efforts to the rapidly evolving needs of employers. “The shift to virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has only amplified the need to confront educational inequities and eliminate opportunity gaps across the STEM ecosystem,” said Governor Northam.  “Proficiency in STEM disciplines is too often dictated by race, gender, socioe...
Virginia Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
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Virginia Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration Friday. Office of the Virginia Governor Missy Neff, Legislative Director Missy Neff has been appointed Legislative Director. Missy most recently served as a Senior Vice President at McGuireWoods Consulting.  She has extensive legislative experience and has served as Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy and as Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources for Governor Tim Kaine.  Missy is a graduate of Meredith College and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.  She is from South Boston. Secretariat of Public Safety and Homeland Security Desiré Branch-Ellis, Confidential Policy Assistant, Virginia Department of Emergency M...
Convicted Felon Matthew Lee Frezza Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearms During Civil Unrest
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Convicted Felon Matthew Lee Frezza Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearms During Civil Unrest

(STL.News) – A previously convicted felon pleaded guilty today to a charge related to his possession of an assault rifle, handgun, ballistic vest, and eight magazines of ammunition after leaving the Robert E. Lee Monument during civil unrest on June 12 in Richmond. “Project Guardian is the Department’s signature anti-gun violence program,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.  “One of the key cornerstones of Guardian is holding those accountable who have forfeited their Second Amendment rights due to their status as a felon, drug user, or domestic abuser—amongst other prohibitors.  This defendant, due to his own previous felonious conduct and conviction, was prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition, and chose to openly flout state and...
Virginia Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager
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Virginia Governor Northam Statement on the Passing of Former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of former Lieutenant Governor John H. Hager. “John Hager devoted his life to public service, and I admired his love for our country and for Virginia. “He served in the Army and worked as a businessman, but he will be remembered as a volunteer, an athlete, an author, and a patriot. “I first met John after running for public office, and he helped me learn the job of being Lieutenant Governor. Anyone who worked in Virginia politics quickly learned that John was everywhere, and no one outworked him.  He earned victory and knew defeat, and he kept going.  John held fast to his principles, and he knew when to reach across the aisle to compromise.  Our country misses his example. “Most ...