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VPM Daily Newscast: January 21, 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.  Listeners can subscribe through NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Megaphone, Spotify and wherever you get your podcasts.  

Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Friday, January 21, 2022 :

Debate Over School-to-Prison Pipeline Bills Continue

Some Virginia Republicans are attempting to repeal legislation passed when Democrats had full majority of the House of Delegates and state Senate. This includes laws previously approved with the goal of combatting the school-to-prison pipeline, some of which were previously supported by the GOP.  

By VPM News’ Megan Pauly.  

Despite Governor’s Order, Chesterfield County Keeps Student Masking Requirement 

Chesterfield County’s school board voted yesterday to maintain its masking mandate for students, staff and visitors. Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that eliminates student masking requirements officially goes into effect on Monday. The Henrico County and Richmond city school districts also plan to keep their face mask requirements. 

By VPM News’ Ian Stewart and Sara McCloskey.  

Richmond Public Housing Evictions Temporarily Paused 

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners voted this week to suspend lease enforcement proceedings against their residents until the board’s next meeting in February. That decision came following public outcry against the proposed evictions from community members. RRHA officials say 1,115 families are now facing eviction. They represent 35% of the more than 3,100 families living in RRHA properties. 

By VPM News’ Meg Schiffres.  

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