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VPM Daily Newscast: February 17, 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 Thursday, February 17, 2022 

Governor signs into law measure ending school mask mandates
Reported by VPM News' Ben Paviour 

Virginia school districts officially have two weeks to prepare for mask mandates to end.  Yesterday, Governor Glenn Youngkin signed a bill into law that allows parents to opt their children out of wearing facemasks at school.  School districts have until March 1st to comply. The measure updates a law passed last year, requiring schools to open for in-person learning and to fully follow CDC guidelines when possible 

Lawmakers switch gears on recently passed bike law
Reported by VPM News' Ian Stewart 

Cyclists may have to adjust their riding style again after the state Senate approved changes to a law that’s barely a year old. Bicycle advocates say the changes could be detrimental. The current  law allows cyclists to ride side by side and says drivers can legally change lanes to avoid bikers when possible.  The  update, sponsored by Republican Senator Richard Stuart, back peddles those changes. It calls for bikers to move into single file when a car comes up from behind. 

Box found at base of Richmond’s Jefferson Davis monument  
Reported by VPM News' Patrick Larsen 

A box was discovered in the base of the Jefferson Davis monument in Richmond. It resembles a time capsule found just down the street at the Robert E. Lee monument. Historical records maintained by the Valentine Museum show the box was originally intended for a never-built temple in Monroe Park. Crews were on site to remove parts of the remaining memorial to the president of the Confederacy, when the box was found. They’re in the process of taking down Confederate iconography around the city, which will then be given to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

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