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VPM Daily Newscast: February 15, 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 15, 2022 

School construction legislation passes state Senate
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly

School construction is top-of-mind for school leaders after William Fox Elementary school caught fire this weekend. The Richmond school is one of  over 1,000 buildings statewide that are over 50 years old. Legislation cleared Virginia’s Senate yesterday that would create a new state fund for local school construction projects. It’s part of a package of bills recommended by a bipartisan commission tasked with studying school modernization. 

Teachers say RPS is planning to fully eliminate its online program
Reported by VPM News’ Meg Schiffres 

Educators at Richmond Public Schools who teach virtually were informed last week that their jobs may be eliminated next year when the district’s Virtual Academy closes. That means about 80 teachers would lose their current positions at RPS. 

Police denied father a lawyer during interrogation about his missing toddler
Reported by WHRO's Ryan Murphy 

Detectives refused to let the father of a missing Hampton toddler talk to a lawyer after he requested one during a police interrogation. Cori Bigsby is the only person of interest in his son’s disappearance. 4-year-old Codi Bigsby has been missing since January 31st. Cori Bigsby was arrested and charged with seven felony counts of child neglect, related to prior instances where he had left his children home alone. It is not clear whether the violation of Bigsby’s right to counsel may imperil future charges.

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