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VPM Daily Newscast: Nov. 16, 2023

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VPM Daily Newscast

VPM Daily Newscast: Nov. 16, 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 Nov. 16, 2023:   

Leadership falls into place for upcoming General Assembly session
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil

Democratic legislators announced more leadership positions Wednesday, choosing Sen. Scott Surovell, of Fairfax, to be the majority leader. This comes after Saturday’s nomination of Del. Don Scott, of Portsmouth, to be speaker of the House.

Democrats in the General Assembly will have an unprecedented number of Black legislators in leadership positions. Del. Charniele Herring, of Alexandria, will return as majority leader in the House, and Sen. Mamie Locke will be caucus hair in the Senate. Republican Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears will continue to preside over the Senate.

There will also be a record number of Black legislators in the Assembly: at least 24 Black delegates and seven Black senators.

How will climate change affect Virginia? Massive new report is a window into the future
Reported by WHRO News' Katherine Hafner

Climate change will likely bring more intense storms and higher temperatures year-round to Virginia and across the Southeast, according to a new federal report. The National Climate Assessment is the government’s most comprehensive report on how climate change is affecting the U.S.

It confirms that climate change — driven primarily by the burning of fossil fuels — is already impacting the lives of Americans and that the country needs to adapt to those impacts even while acting to slash greenhouse gas emissions to prevent worst-case scenarios.

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