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VPM Daily Newscast: March 2, 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 Wednesday, March 2, 2022 

Legal experts weigh in on Young Administration’s interim report on “inherently divisive concepts”  
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly   

Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow has rescinded several equity-focused programs and initiatives that the office claims promote “inherently divisive concepts.” The office seeks to define “inherently divisive concepts” as those that violate part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But multiple experts and legal scholars told VPM News that using the Act to rescind programs aimed at addressing the impacts of past discrimination on marginalized groups warps and perverts the intent of the legislation. 

VCU fraternity member convicted in 2021 hazing death to participate in restorative justice program  
Reported by VPM News’ Sara McCloskey 

A fraternity member who played a role in the hazing death of Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Adam Oakes is no longer sentenced to spend two years in jail.  Richmond’s top prosecutor says his sentence was suspended as part of an agreement with the state in consultation with the Oakes family.  
Richmond School's budget includes pay raises for staff, saves Virtual Academy  
Reported by VPM News’ Meg Schiffres   

The Richmond City School Board has approved next year’s over a half a billion-dollar  budget. It includes raises for all staff members, including teachers, bus drivers and food service personnel. But board members clashed over other expenses, including funds for the district’s Virtual Academy and whether to retain several administrative staff.

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