VPM Daily Newscast: Aug 22, 2023
The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.
Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Aug. 22, 2023:
Virginia in talks with Ohio, Florida, Texas in new voter fraud initiative
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour
Elections officials in Virginia have been communicating with a bipartisan group of around two dozen other states since March to develop new voter data sharing agreements. Their discussions began as a steady stream of Republican-led states have quit a multistate partnership that until early 2022 was considered a widely trusted, bipartisan effort.
The emails also hint that Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration was directly involved in Virginia's abrupt exit from that partnership, the Electronic Registration Information Center, commonly known as ERIC.
Virginia Beach explores private ownership options for Virginia Aquarium
Reported by WHRO News’ Ryan Murphy
Virginia Beach is considering handing off the Virginia Aquarium to a private operator as aquarium leaders say they need roughly $250 million for a major renovation and expansion.
No decisions have been made, and no offers are on the table — at least publicly — but several members of City Council said during a meeting Tuesday that they were open to exploring the idea.
Since it opened in 1986, the Virginia Aquarium has been run as a department of the city in partnership with a nonprofit foundation.
In other news:
- Researchers identify Fredericksburg properties and families with likely ties to an Underground Railroad (The Free Lance-Star)*
- Immigration agency releases 3 men from Virginia facilities after lawsuit alleges illegal detentions, group says (WRIC)
In case you missed it:
- RVA BikeShare set to relaunch Monday (VPM News)
- [Petersburg] school board members rescind original collective bargaining agreement to make a better one (The Progress-Index)*
*This outlet utilizes a paywall.