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VPM Daily Newscast: January 18, 2022

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, January 18, 2022 

  • Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin addressed state lawmakers for the first time yesterday afternoon. Youngkin focused on issues he campaigned on, what he called the “kitchen-table” concerns of working families - especially parents. 

  • Dominion Energy and its executives spent more than a quarter of a million dollarsfunding a secretive political group that attacked Governor Glenn Youngkin during his campaign. That’s according to newly-released federal campaign filings. Now a bipartisan group of lawmakers are reviving an effort to ban donations from Dominion and other state-regulated utilities. Republican delegate Lee Ware is among them. He says Dominion has used its political contributions to shape laws that increase their profits at customers’ expense. A spokesperson for Dominion says it shouldn’t be singled out by campaign finance laws. Youngkin hasn’t taken a public position on the issue. 

  • Governor Youngkin has been clear on his desire to expand charter schools. Megan Pauly reports on what experts say are the pros - and cons - of the charter school model. 

  • The Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is responding to Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order eliminating a statewide mask mandate for public schools. The group is strongly recommending that school-aged children, regardless of vaccination status, wear a well-fitting face mask while attending school in accordance with CDC guidelines. Henrico County and Richmond City Public Schools have already announced they will maintain their current mask mandates for students, staff, and visitors.   

  • Work is underway on the fifth National Climate Assessment, a wholesale analysis of climate change in the United States. Initial chapter drafts were released earlier this month - and as Patrick Larsen reports, the authors want your help

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