VPM Daily Newscast: February 11, 2022
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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Friday, February 11, 2022
Attorney General drops wrongful conviction case that predecessor was championing
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans
The Office of the Attorney General in Virginia has decided the state will not support the case of two Waverly men who are serving life sentence in federal prison, despite a jury finding them not guilty of murder. This announcement came about three weeks after Attorney General Jason Miyares fired every attorney in his office that had been working on the case.
Recently approved voting laws could face challenges by House’s GOP majority
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour
The new Republican majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates is trying to roll back voting access laws passed by Democrats over the last two years. Yesterday, they approved bills requiring a photo ID to vote as well as a measure that limits early voting to two weeks ahead of elections, down from 45 days in current law. Republicans have argued the bill helps bring certainty and closure to elections. Democrats call that claim misleading. Similar bills have already been shot down by the state Senate, where Democrats have a narrow majority.
Teachers navigate how to teach about race during Black History Month
Reported by VPM News’ Ian Stewart
Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s Executive Order to end the teaching of divisive concepts as well as the tip line to report if these issues are being taught in school – have teachers on edge. And many are struggling with how to teach about race during Black History Month.
In Other News:
Advocates warn of weed ‘oligopoly’ as Virginia looks to speed up sales - VPM
Governor’s executive orders raise constitutional questions, and it’s unclear when they’ll be answered - VPM
Virginia Beach proposal would provide housing for people with mental illness- WHRO
Albemarle needs interpreters with rise in Afghan students - NBC 29
The JXN Project to receive properties - Richmond BizSense
VCU apologizes after URI radio broadcaster with disability blocked from working - The Boston Globe
In C ase You Missed It:
Full Senate strikes Natural Resources nominee – VPM
Republicans block constitutional amendments on gay marriage, voting rights – VPM
UPDATE: NFL says it will not allow Dan Snyder to conduct his own investigation into allegations against him – Richmond Times-Dispatch
CDC preps guidance for governors on relaxing COVID rules, but states forge ahead – Virginia Mercury