VPM Daily Newscast: March 21, 2023
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 March 21, 2023:
Youngkin marks completion of Virginia’s first LDS temple
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour
Gov. Glenn Youngkin made a public overture to a small but prominent constituency Monday by welcoming the completion of the new Virginia Temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside Richmond — their first in the commonwealth.
Rich Meagher, associate professor of political science at Randolph-Macon College, said it’s not clear that Youngkin had a particular political goal in attending the event. But he said the governor allying himself to the group could be helpful if Youngkin decides to run for president.
Youngkin calls for patience in Otieno murder case
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans and Patrick Larsen
Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Monday called for the public’s patience after seven Henrico County sheriff’s deputies and three Central State Hospital employees were charged with second-degree murder in the death of Irvo Otieno.
The governor said the incident further demonstrates the need for a major mental health system overhaul. In January, he announced a 3-year plan to funnel $230 million into behavioral healthcare — which hinges on the General Assembly finalizing the state budget.
In other news:
- Amid high-profile shootings, Virginia gun policy remains a stalemate (Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism)
- Former top Trump administration official who launched pro-DeSantis super PAC reveals his mission (Fox News)
- Virginia women's swimming and diving team wins third straight national title (The Daily Progress)
In case you missed it:
- Greenswell Growers lands a deal with Kroger for co-branded line with Ukrop's; shipments start in April (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- Amid Women's History Month, legislators reflect on parity in politics (Richmond Times-Dispatch)