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VPM Daily Newscast: Dec. 12, 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 Dec. 12, 2023:   

State psychiatric hospitals remain overcrowded, understaffed 
Reported by VPM News’ Connor Scribner

The research arm of Virginia’s Legislature said Monday that psychiatric hospitals are overcrowded and understaffed, leaving patients and staff vulnerable. It recommended the closure of the state’s lone psychiatric hospital for children.

Opponents say Dominion’s offshore wind farm endangers whales. Scientists say it doesn't.
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner

The biggest proven threats to whales are vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear — often tied to existing industries like shipping and commercial fishing, said Andrew Read, a marine biology professor at Duke University, who also serves on the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, an independent government agency that advises on federal policy affecting marine mammals.

Two conservative think tanks have notified the government they plan to sue to halt Dominion Energy's planned wind farm off Virginia Beach, arguing the project threatens the endangered right whale.

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