DAYBREAK DAILY: Uranium debate front and center in Virginia

ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m.

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the mid 40s.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: And this is how it ends, for this season. RG3 reinjures his knee but continues to play, then late in the game he fumbles on a bad snap and injures the knee again. The Seahawks came back from trailing 14-0 in the first quarter to beat the Redskins 24-14 and advance in the playoffs. How will the Redskins do next season?

UNDER-THE-RADAR DEBATE: But it’s a big deal, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The great uranium debate is finally upon us. A clash three decades in the making arrives as an array of pro- and anti-mining interests descend on the State Capitol to persuade lawmakers to side with them in a policy battle that could redefine Virginia for years to come. But unlike many issues that come before the General Assembly, the uranium question divides legislators along geographic lines, rather than the partisan orthodoxy that often decides contested votes.”

OF GUNS: Just the facts, per the Washington Post, “Lawmakers kept up the renewed debate over the nation’s gun laws Sunday, with the Senate’s leading Republican arguing that the matter must wait until pressing fiscal issues are addressed in Congress and one Senate Democrat warning against “extreme” restrictions on guns.”

HAGGLING ABOUT HAGEL: But the decision has been made, per the New York Times, “When President Obama nominates Chuck Hagel, the maverick Republican and former senator from Nebraska, to be his next secretary of defense, he will be turning to a trusted ally whose willingness to defy party loyalty and conventional wisdom won his admiration both in the Senate and on a 2008 tour of war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

SPEEDY CAMERAS: And a push to slow them, per the Washington Examiner, “Support is growing among lawmakers in Maryland for reforms to the state's speed camera law. The effort comes after a Baltimore Sun investigation found widespread problems with that city's speed camera program, including cameras issuing tickets to cars that weren't speeding -- or in one case, not even moving.”

POLITICO PLAY: “The 12 Republican rebels who last week refused to back John Boehner for speaker revealed how challenging it will be for Boehner to govern the House over the next two years. The conservatives don’t trust the speaker. They don’t think he cuts good deals. They believe he has repeatedly come away on the losing end of showdowns with President Barack Obama and has not delivered the results he’s promised. As a result, the Ohio Republican — for the moment — is dramatically weakened.”

STORM WATER: EPA takes a stand, per the Washington Times, “A recent ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency has given Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II his first clear-cut victory in the conservative’s much-publicized skirmishes with the federal government. A federal judge recently ruled the EPA overstepped its bounds in trying to regulate storm water in a Northern Virginia watershed — a ruling Mr. Cuccinelli says could save the state and Fairfax County upward of $300 million.”

FOR SALE: Houses, per INSIDENOVA, “Record-low interest rates helped to push November home sales in Virginia significantly higher than a year before, while the median sales price also posted a significant increase. Total transactions that went to closing across the Old Dominion in November totaled 7,145, according to figures reported by the Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR), up 18 percent from the 6,078 properties that changed hands in November 2011.”

SCHOOLS AND LABOR DAY: Touchy subject in Virginia, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Business organizations in Virginia are entering this year’s General Assembly session preparing to fight some of the same battles they’ve won before. That includes lobbying to keep schools closed until after Labor Day, a perennial debate that business groups have won in previous legislative sessions on the argument that ending summer vacation earlier would hurt the state’s economy.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards lose 99-71 against Miami.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Virginia Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), who will be asked about this year's session of the General Assembly.

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