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VPM Daily Newscast: Feb. 14, 2023

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VPM Daily Newscast

The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Feb. 14, 2023:   

Lawmakers scramble to address statewide educator shortage
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly

This year, Virginia lawmakers introduced numerous bills seeking to address the state’s teacher and support staff shortage, which has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Del. David Reid (D–Loudoun) is sponsoring a bill to establish the Teacher Reengagement Program, which would allow school districts to bring back retired teachers for part-time work — as long as districts provide the same health care benefits available to full-time teachers.

Towing companies ignite passions in General Assembly
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

Towing industry representatives are pushing lawmakers to raise fees they’re allowed to charge drivers across the commonwealth. They argue the industry has been hit hard by inflation, and are backing legislation that would allow them to add a $30 fuel surcharge to their fees.

Meanwhile, an Arlington delegate reintroduced legislation designed to help increase consumer protections for trespass towing. The bill failed in a House subcommittee and met the same fate this year.

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