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VPM Daily Newscast: February 9, 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, February 9, 2022 

Republican-led committees block two state Constitutional Amendments 

Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans 

The Democrat-controlled legislature voted last year to strip Virginia’s now-defunct gay marriage ban from the state Constitution. It defines marriage as between one man and one woman. They also took up a Constitutional Amendment restoring the voting rights of people who were previously incarcerated for a felony conviction. But on Tuesday, a GOP-led committee cut that proposal short, without explaining why.   

In party-line vote, state Senate rejects Andrew Wheeler Nomination  

Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 

The Virginia Senate voted on party lines yesterday to reject the nomination of Andrew Wheeler for Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources. The former Environmental Protection Agency administrator has drawn criticism for his history of working with fossil fuel interests. Republicans in the Senate argued that the Governor generally gets his way on appointments. But said some Democrats were concerned Wheeler would not carry out the secretary’s charge of preserving public resources for the public good.

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