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VPM Daily Newscast: February 25, 2021

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 Friday, February 25, 2022 

Virginia elected leaders condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine       
Reported by VPM News’ Sara McCloskey  

The actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin are coming under the scrutiny of elected leaders across the country, including in Virginia.  Sen. Tim Kaine says America’s commitment to Ukraine is absolute.  In a statement released yesterday, Kaine said Russia’s aggression will continue to have quote “significant consequences.”  Rep. Abigail Spanberger told  the Culpepper Star-Exponent that we must be united in condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions. Both Kaine and Spanberger sit on congressional committees for foreign affairs.

State lawmakers negotiate Governor’s tax proposals in budget  
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen  

Gov. Youngkin promised on the campaign trail to double the standard deduction on taxable income, eliminate the grocery tax, and increase rebates based on a record-breaking cash surplus. But Senate Democrats say Youngkin’s overall spending on tax policy would strain future revenues. Democrats also want to repeal the grocery tax, and increase yearly tax rebates - though not to the extent the Governor has called for. The House of Delegates passed their own version of the budget, which keeps Youngkin’s promises intact. Lawmakers have about two weeks to wrap up work.

Experts: More than 500 bridges in Virginia are in “poor condition”    
Reported by VPM News’ Ian Stewart 

Of the nearly 14,000 bridges in Virginia, just over 500 are classified as “structurally deficient,” according to a study by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. While that number is down from 2017, several heavily trafficked bridges and overpasses in need of work are in Henrico, Petersburg and Richmond. Money to fix these structures comes from a variety of sources, including gas taxes and registration fees. While VDOT says additional funding will come from President Joe Biden’s recently passed infrastructure bill.

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