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VPM Daily Newscast: December 21, 2021

VPM's daily newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before so you can wake up prepared.           

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Tuesday, December 21, 2021: 

  • Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has selected an education data consultant to serve as Virginia’s next Secretary of Education. Yesterday, Youngkin announced that Aimee Rogstad Guidera, of Fairfax, was chosen for the job. Besides running her own firm, Guidera also worked for the National Center for Educational Achievement. Youngkin says her experience will quote “ensure Virginia kids are the best prepared in the country to succeed.” School funding and parents’ rights to make decisions about their children’s education were major focal points to Youngkin’s campaign. 

  • Today, a federal court in Richmond will hear arguments in a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Virginia over its policy of barring the public from obtaining civil court records remotely.  Whittney Evans reports

  • The Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court plans to step down from the position at the end of the year. Chief Justice Donald Lemons has been on the state’s highest court for over two decades. According to court officials, he’s served at every level of the court system in Virginia throughout his career. The justices have selected Bernard Goodwyn to take over the role of Chief Justice starting January 1st. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2007 by then-Governor Tim Kaine.   

  • Have you ever been driving and seen something about a section of road that is just sort of confusing? VPM reporter Ian Stewart has.  

  • Two schools and one health care center agreed to explore ways to create a new academic health center in Hampton Roads. Representatives from Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Sentara Healthcare signed the agreement on Friday. They will share data about finances and staffing by the beginning of next month -- and issue a progress report to the governor and US Congress by the middle of next February. Earlier this year, ODU and EVMS joined Norfolk State University in another agreement to take steps to form a joint public health school.