Election Day; Justices sound skeptical about overturning uranium ban; Amazon could split new headquarters; UDC is picketed; elk population growing and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

— It’s Election Day. (Associated Press)

— U.S. Supreme Court justices sounded supportive of Virginia’s uranium mining ban during a hearing in a case trying to overturn it. The plaintiffs’ argued the ban was put in place because of fears about radioactive waste, an area governed by federal law, not state. The state argued there were lots of other reasons lawmakers would pass such a law. “Suppose that Virginia put forward a rationale of we don’t like big, huge, ugly holes dug into the Virginia countryside.” (The New York Times)

— Barack Obama brought campaign volunteers doughnuts during a surprise appearance in Northern Virginia with 10th District congressional hopeful Jennifer Wexton and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine. (The Washington Post)

— Amazon is now reportedly considering splitting its HQ2 between two cities, likely Queens in New York and Crystal City in Northern Virginia. (The New York Times)

— About 50 protesters picketed the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s annual convention in Richmond, criticizing the group’s work erecting hundreds of Confederate statues and promoting the “Lost Cause” narrative that the war wasn’t really about slavery. One UDC member who ventured out to greet the protesters called their concerns “a bunch of bullcrap.” (C-VILLE)

— A year out, the Interstate 95 express lane extension cut northbound commutes by an average of 10 minutes, but hasn’t sped up southbound commutes at all. (The Free Lance Star)

— The population of elk in Virginia is growing and the state wants to know how residents feel about them, setting three public meetings to discuss a proposed management plan. (Associated Press)