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VPM Daily Newscast: February 3, 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 Thursday, February 3, 2022

Wildlife officials ask for changes to Virginia law to prevent growth of invasive rodent population 

Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen  

Large, destructive, semi-aquatic rodents called nutria are inching northward along Virginia’s coastal wetlands. One technique, trapping and tagging, has been effective but it’s currently illegal under Virginia law, due to concerns about nutria fur trade. A bill to carve out exceptions for wildlife officials recently passed the House of Delegates without opposition. It’s still being considered by the state Senate. 

Sen. Joe Morrisey tells local NAACP president ‘I’ll rip your heart out’ 

Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

VPM has learned Capitol Police are investigating an incident involving state Senator Joe Morrissey and the president of the Petersburg NAACP. It happened during a meeting on Monday to discuss a proposal to bring a casino to Petersburg. Morrissey confirmed to VPM that he threatened Lafayette Jefferson, saying a post of his on Facebook several years ago attacked the senator’s wife. 

Virginia’s public colleges might be banned from withholding transcripts in student debt collection cases    

Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly  

Legislation banning public Virginia colleges and universities from withholding students’ transcripts as a debt collection tool cleared the state Senate this week. A House version of the bill is still making its way through the Virginia General Assembly. A subcommittee is expected to discuss it next Monday.

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