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VPM Daily Newscast: July 3, 2024

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VPM Daily Newscast

VPM Daily Newscast: July 3, 2024

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 July 3, 2024:   

Deal on military tuition program reached

Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil

The agreement announced by Virginia statehouse Democrats is to repeal the changes, without imposing additional requirements, and includes funding beyond what was already set aside to offset the program’s costs, according to legislators and their staff.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin also signaled his approval on social media.

The actual language of the announced bills will be available on Wednesday.

Virginia educators working to expand college access for incarcerated students 

Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly

It’s been a year since incarcerated individuals were once again able to qualify for federal Pell Grants to help pay for a college education while behind bars.

However, despite the ban being lifted, only about 600 Virginia inmates are currently using the grants to pursue degrees, according to the Virginia Consensus for Higher Education in Prison.

According to the Rev. Keith Jones, a board member at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, research indicates that over half of incarcerated people qualify for that aid.

Currently, only four community colleges in the commonwealth offer courses in prison.

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