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VPM Daily Newscast: February 8, 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, February 8, 2022 

Chesapeake parents’ lawsuit against student masking Executive Order dismissed 

Reported by the WHRO News Team 

The Supreme Court of Virginia  dismissed a lawsuit from a group of Chesapeake parents trying to undo Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order on school mask mandates. According to the ruling, the Supreme Court doesn’t have the latitude to rule on the issue. The Governor and local School Boards have some amount of discretion when carrying out their duties. The Supreme Court said it can’t force them to do or not do something even if what they are doing is illegal. Another lawsuit filed by several school boards targeting Youngkin’s school mask order is still ongoing. 

Charter school proposals face opposition in General Assembly 

Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

Legislative proposals to make it easier for charter schools to open in the state are facing stiff opposition in the General Assembly. While a bill that would allow the state to create regional entities to authorize charter schools is advancing in the GOP-controlled House, its Senate version has failed to  get support. The only bill related to charter schools that is still viable would allow public colleges and private businesse s to open them. The Senate version of that proposal hasn’t gotten a hearing yet. 

State Senate rejects effort to repeal mandatory minimum sentences 

Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans 

The Virginia Senate has rejected a bill that would eliminate every mandatory minimum criminal sentence, which is the shortest period of incarceration a judge can impose against a defendant. Among the “no” votes were two Democrats. Advocates say these sentences do not reduce crime, but instead force judges and juries to ignore the unique circumstances of individual cases. But lawmakers who voted against the measure say that instead of a blanket repeal, they should evaluate each charge one by one.  

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