VPM Daily Newscast: February 24, 2022
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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Thursday, February 24, 2022
Virginia lawmakers set aside funds to hire more forensic nurses
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans
Virginia doesn’t have enough nurses to examine people who have been sexually assaulted. The problem has plagued the state for years. But state lawmakers want to set aside money in this year’s budget to help fill the gaps.
Richmond School Board spends half a million on temporary home for Fox students
Reported by VPM News’ Meg Schiffres
William Fox Elementary School’s insurance policy is expected to cover the entire cost of rebuilding it. In the meantime, Richmond School Board members are allocating half a million dollars for renovations to wherever they decide to temporarily place Fox students.
Recently passed environmental laws scrutinized by Virginia’s new majority leadership
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen
A range of environmental laws passed by Virginia Democrats while they held power across state government, including legislation to transition away from fossil fuels and define environmental justice in state law. These efforts are now coming under the scrutiny of Virginia’s new Republican leadership.
In Other News:
Bomb threat locks down Hampton University – Daily Press
PolitiFact VA: Virginia among minority of states that tax veterans' pensions - VPM
Senate budget would block second Richmond vote on casino to allow study of site in Petersburg – Richmond Times-Dispatch
In C ase You Missed It:
Colonial Downs could soon be changing hands - Daily Press
Poor timing means three state education board seats lie vacant – VPM
Equitrans says it’s still committed to Mountain Valley Pipeline but completion date uncertain – Virginia Mercury
Richmond restaurants offer free meals and fundraisers for Fox Elementary students this week – Richmond Times-Dispatch