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VPM Daily Newscast: January 26, 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 Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Bill barring Governor’s Schools from using race in admissions gains support

Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

An education bill supported by Gov. Glenn Youngkin is making its way through the General Assembly. Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach) insists that all the legislation would do is ensure that the admissions process to Governors’ Schools are “race blind,” and purely merit based. But advocates are concerned the measure would undo recent efforts by local school boards and Governor's Schools, such as Maggie Walker in Richmond, to increase student diversity. 

Governor’s Nominee Andrew Wheeler Questioned by Senate Committee 

Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 

“First of all, I don’t think the things I did at EPA were covered very well by the press,” Andrew Wheeler, nominee for Virginia’s Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources, told a state Senate committee Tuesday. Democratic lawmakers grilled Wheeler on his track record as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump, including questions on his efforts to roll back of clean- air policies and claims that he pushed scientists out of the agency. Wheeler maintained to the panel his intention to protect Virginia resources, citing millions in Chesapeake Bay protection funding and environmental justice programs he authorized at the EPA.  

Richmond City Council Votes for Second Casino Referendum  

Reported by VPM News’ Meg Schiffres 

The Richmond City Council has voted to hold another referendum on whether to establish a casino. Katherine Jordan was the only council member against the proposal between the city and media giant UrbanOne. Last year, a referendum on whether to establish the same project was narrowly defeated by Richmond voters.  Activists call this second referendum undemocratic and an attempt at voter suppression, while proponents of the casino say it will bring jobs and entertainment to the capital city. 

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