Virginia’s Uranium Working Group has held its final public meeting before submitting its report on uranium mining to Gov. Bob McDonnell and the General Assembly. The working group will not issue a recommendation on whether Virginia should end its 30-year ban on uranium mining. Instead, it will examine an array of issues related to uranium mining, from worker safety to a regulatory framework that would oversee this new mining industry. Virginia Uranium Inc. has proposed mining a 119-million-pound deposit of the radioactive ore in Southside Virginia. The proposal has been met by opposition by those who believe it can’t be done safely.
The Nature Conservancy is receiving a $25,000 grant to help restore the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Suffolk. Officials say the grant from the Norfolk Southern Foundation will help the organization and its partners install water control systems at the 112,000-acre refuge on the border of Virginia and North Carolina. The funding also will be used to identify ways to manage water flow in order to reduce the threat of intense peat fires like the ones that threatened the region in 2011 and 2008. Costs related to those fires totaled more than $20 million and burned more than 6,500 acres of forest and swamp.
Virginia State Police have identified a man found dead at an Albemarle County rest stop. Officials say 33-year-old James Randle of Waynesboro was found dead in his parked vehicle at the rest stop on Interstate 64 at the 105 mile marker on Monday morning. His body was sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. State police continue to investigate the circumstances of Randle’s death, but foul play is not suspected.
Police are searching for the suspects involved in the fatal shooting of a woman in Hampton Tuesday evening. The woman died at the hospital after medics discovered the victim suffering gunshot wounds to the upper torso in a grassy area on West Avenue. Just before the reported shooting, police were called to investigate a complaint of shots fired two blocks away on Mason Street, It appears the two incidents are related, but the investigation is preliminary.