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News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT

UNION, W.Va. (AP) - A judge has lifted the restraining order against natural gas pipeline protesters sitting in trees in West Virginia. News outlets report Circuit Court Judge Robert Irons denied the injunction, reversing course less than two weeks after granting Mountain Valley Pipeline a 10-day restraining order against the protesters.

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - A preliminary hearing for actress Rose McGowan on a drug possession charge in Virginia has been postponed until May 3. The hearing was scheduled Wednesday, but was postponed after two prosecution witnesses were unable to get to court during a snowstorm. McGowan's lawyers have suggested the drugs may have been planted by agents hired by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to discredit her for making sex assault accusations against him.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is renewing his call for the General Assembly to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income Virginians. During a press conference Wednesday, Northam unveiled the budget he will propose to lawmakers when they return for a special session in April to pass a state spending plan. It includes language that would expand Medicaid.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has heard arguments in a legal battle over the storage of more than 3 million tons of coal ash from a retired power plant in Virginia. A judge ruled last year that arsenic is flowing from a Dominion Energy site in Chesapeake, Virginia, through groundwater into surrounding waters. The case is being closely watched as the U.S. grapples with what to do with man-made ponds nationwide that have been used for decades for dumping coal ash.

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