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VPM Daily Newscast: January 25, 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 25, 2022:

Legal Debates Rise as Student Masking Executive Order Takes Effect 
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

Some experts are questioning legality of the Gov. Glenn Younkin's executive order on school masking. State lawmakers  passed a law last year requiring school boards to follow CDC guidelines, which currently recommend universal masking for all students, staff and school visitors – regardless of vaccination status. Rich Schragger, who teaches constitutional law at the University of Virginia, told VPM that, “the question here is whether the governor can override the state law.”

New Lawsuit Challenges Governor’s Executive Order 
Reported by WHRO’s Ryan Murphy 

Seven school boards from around the state want to stop Gov. Youngkin’s executive order on school mask mandates. The school boards argue that Youngkin’s executive order, which lets parents opt their children out of local mask mandates, is unconstitutional. 

Local Teachers’ Unions Raise Concerns Over COVID-19 Safety 
Reported by VPM News’ Ian Stewart 

Teachers' union leaders from Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond asked their school districts yesterday to step up support for students and staff, amid rising COVID-19 cases and teacher shortages. They suggest creating better safety protocols will help keep schools open, such as providing more take home COVID-19 tests and K-N95 masks. The education associations also say complete virtual instruction should only be used as a last resort.

Local Starbucks Join Growing Unionization Movement
Reported by VPM News’ Meg Schiffres 

Two Starbucks locations in the Richmond-area recently filed paperwork to begin the process of forming a labor union. The stores are following the lead of dozens of other Starbucks locations across the country. The first to officially unionize is in Buffalo, New York.  

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