RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A federal appeals court has rejected a Virginia company’s bid to end the state’s decades-long ban on uranium mining. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Friday upheld the ruling of a district judge who threw out a lawsuit from Virginia Uranium Inc. challenging the ban. The Pittsylvania County company wants to mine a 119-million-pound deposit of the radioactive ore beneath the rolling hills of Southside Virginia. It argued that a federal law should pre-empt state regulations, but the courts disagreed. Attorney General Mark Herring hailed the ruling. Neither an attorney nor a representative for the company immediately responded to requests for comment. Virginia Uranium has also filed a separate lawsuit in a state court. A trial date in that case hasn’t been set.
Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Periello is on an “Opportunity Tour” in the region today. Late this morning he spent time at Virginia Western Community College. While at Virginia Western, Periello talked about making two-year colleges and trade schools tuition-free if he secures the Democratic nomination in the June primary and is elected Governor in November. The former one-term Congressman is now tied with Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam in the new Quinnipiac University poll – with his campaign less than 2 months old.
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It’s a really early poll, but Quinnipiac University says if either one of two well-known women would challenge Senator Kaine in 2018, both would start well behind – even among women. The poll shows Kaine holding close to 20% margins right now over talk show host Laura Ingraham and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, and among women, the margin is 23% in either race.
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It’s getting down to crunch time in Richmond as the General Assembly works on a budget for the coming year. Many public school teachers say state funding in recent years for K through 12 education is inadequate, and a rally toward that end is planned tomorrow in Roanoke. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.