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  • Court vindicates ex-lawmaker's environmental work

    Five days before Christmas, Franklin Kury stepped off Amtrak's afternoon Keystone service in Middletown, one stop shy of Harrisburg, on a return trip from an eye doctor's appointment in Philadelphia. It was cold, cloudy and dry. The snow that had fallen two days earlier was beginning to disappear and would be gone entirely if temperatures hit the predicted 70 degrees over the weekend.


  • Text of Gov. Patrick's State of the State address

    Gov. Deval Patrick's State of the State address, as delivered Tuesday to a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature:


  • Virginia State of the Commonwealth text

    Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the General Assembly, and my fellow Virginians:


  • Prepared text of McAuliffe's inaugural address

    Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor Northam, Attorney General Herring, Members of the General Assembly, Justices of the Supreme Court, guests from across our Commonwealth and nation, my fellow Virginians: It is humbling, and the highest honor of my life, to stand before you today.


  • Farewell speech: McDonnell apologizes to Assembly

    Gov. Bob McDonnell has already apologized publicly for the gift scandal that's engulfed his final year in office, but he did it directly to the General Assembly as one of his last acts while in office.


  • Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Terry McAuliffe, left, watches as Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli pauses at a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Linda Davidson, Pool)

    Transcript: Sept. 25 Virginia gubernatorial debate

    The following is a transcript of Wednesday's Virginia gubernatorial debate between Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, which was moderated by Chuck Todd of NBC News. The transcript was provided by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the sponsor of the event.


  • BOOK REVIEW: 'In the Ring'

    If there can be such a thing as a commonwealth statesman in the 21st century, then Sir Donald McKinnon is its quintessence. Indeed, you might say that he embodies the institution's heritage, with its roots in the British Empire, as well as its multicultural, polyglot contemporary incarnation he guided as secretary-general of the Commonwealth of Nations between 2000 and 2008.


  • UK queen celebrates Commonwealth Day after illness

    Queen Elizabeth II attended a London reception to celebrate Commonwealth Day on Monday, her first public appearance since she was briefly hospitalized for a stomach illness.


  • State worker paid criminal $80,000

    A Virginia Department of Corrections employee paid a prolific criminal with whom he had a homosexual relationship nearly $80,000 in public funds to perform work for the state that was never done, a recent report concludes.


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