BC-VA–Virginia News Coverage Advisory, VA

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Virginia. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Richmond bureau at 804-643-6646 or aprichmond@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

ETHICS REFORM

RICHMOND — House Republicans and Democrats outline details of a bipartisan agreement on ethics reform. Lawmakers are focused on reforming Virginia’s ethics rules in the wake of a gift scandal involving Gov. Bob McDonnell, who leaves office this month under the cloud of a federal investigation. By Alan Suderman. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.

MENTAL HEALTH PANEL

RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell’s mental health task force holds its first meeting. McDonnell created the Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response after the November death of state Sen. Creigh Deeds’ son. Gus Deeds stabbed his father multiple times before committing suicide at their Bath County home. The task force includes legislators, other state officials, community mental health workers, hospital administrators and law enforcement authorities. By Larry O’Dell. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

SENATE-6th DISTRICT

NORFOLK — Voters in Hampton Roads headed to the polls Tuesday in a special election to select a Virginia Senate successor to Ralph Northam, the Democratic lieutenant governor-elect. Voters are choosing between Republican businessman Wayne Coleman and Democratic Delegate Lynwood Lewis in a race that will help decide control of the Senate. By Steve Szkotak. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 8 p.m.

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COAL GROUPS MERGER — Three Virginia coal advocacy groups are merging to unify their efforts in addressing issues facing the industry. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Virginia and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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