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VPM Daily Newscast: Aug. 30, 2023

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VPM Daily Newscast

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Aug. 30, 2023:

Schools limit cellphone use in the name of school safety 
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly

Last year, Hopewell City Public Schools started requiring middle and high school students to keep cellphones locked away in magnetic pouches during the school day. Now, other districts are following suit.

Superintendent Jay McClain said the reason Hopewell started using the cell phone pouches was twofold. Coming out of remote learning, McClain said it was extremely difficult to re-engage kids socially and academically because of the exclusive reliance on devices for learning during the pandemic.

They’d also seen an increasing number of fights and more weapons making their way into schools.

Youngkin calls General Assembly back to Richmond for special budget session Reported by the Associated Press

Virginia lawmakers will reconvene in Richmond next week to consider a compromise General Assembly negotiators recently reached on the long-delayed state budget.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has called the part-time Legislature into session Sept. 6 to consider the deal, his office said in a news release Tuesday.

“To make Virginia more affordable for families and local businesses, we must deliver on our shared goals for more jobs, safer and healthier communities, greater workforce and educational opportunities and much needed tax relief for Virginians. Together, we can get the job done,” Youngkin said.

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