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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia has plowed through its snow-removal budget and is now dipping into maintenance funds to keep roads clear across the state. The transportation department has spent its $79 million snow-removal budget and an additional $25 million in a reserve maintenance fund to keep thousands of state trucks and contractors on the road.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) State education groups are voicing opposition to Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to boost charter schools. Virginia's school boards, superintendents and teacher groups say the measure is unconstitutional because it takes away local school divisions' decision-making power.

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) A Yorktown refinery is developing a plan to address raised levels of cobalt that have appeared in groundwater intermittently since 1996. Western Refining plan a public meeting tonight at the Yorktown Public Library to discuss the plan.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia students who plan to attend college can get free help with completing the federal financial aid form. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will help new and returning college students Saturday at 32 sites around the state.

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