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VPM Daily Newscast: February 4, 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 Friday, February 4, 2022

Governor's office refuses to disclose teacher tip line submissions 

Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly  

Gov. Glenn Youngkin recently launched a tip line to report teachers and schools for “inherently divisive teaching practices.” Members of the media across the state  – including VPM News – and community members have submitted public records requests for copies of emails and voicemails sent to the tip line so far. But thus far, Youngkin’s office has fully withheld this information,  claiming the records are exempt as the “working papers and correspondence” of the governor’s office. 

Youngkin administration joins Loudoun parents in lawsuit against mask mandate 

Reported by WAMU's Amanda Michelle Gomez  

Members of the Youngkin administration are asking a Loudon County Circuit Court judge to immediately put a stop to the mask requirement.This is one of two dueling lawsuits over masking in Virginia schools. The other one was filed by parents of children with disabilities and challenges Youngkin’s executive order aiming to make face coverings optional in schools. 

New Executive Mansion residents may spell changes for project on history of enslaved 

Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

Historian and archeologist Kelley Fanto Deetz arrived to work at Virginia’s Executive Mansion last month to find her office had been emptied. Items in a historic kitchen in the building’s annex, which had been reimagined to tell the stories of enslaved workers to visitors, had been shoved aside, she said. Deetz is unsure whether she still has a job as the mansion’s director of historic interpretation and education. Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s spokesperson, Macaulay Porter, says First Lady Suzanne Youngkin and her staff are “in the decision-making process about the mansion”.

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