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VPM Daily Newscast: March 3, 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, March 3, 2022

General Assembly debates bringing Washington Commanders to Virginia 

Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to bring the Washington Commanders to Virginia. The plan is backed by Governor Glenn Youngkin, but not everyone is sold on it. 

Lawsuit to remove barriers for substance abuse counselors with criminal histories continues, after lawmakers squash effort to change state law 
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans   

Some people who’ve battled drug and alcohol addictions, eventually turn their energy toward counseling others. But if you live in Virginia making it a career is illegal if you have a criminal history. There are almost 200 “barrier” crimes in Virginia law that make you ineligible to become a substance abuse counselor.  The General Assembly blocked a bill this week that would have changed that.  

VDOT studying the state’s first “plastic road” in Chesterfield County  
Reported by VPM News’ Ian Stewart   

An almost mile long section of Old Stage Road in Chesterfield County was resurfaced last September with an asphalt mixture containing more than 6,000 pounds of recycled plastic. This location is the state’s first “plastic road.”  
As Virginia Beach plans a memorial, the city looks to other communities for guidance 

Reported by WHRO's Paul Bibeau 

Virginia Beach is looking to other communities that have experienced mass shootings to find a way to honor the memories of those killed at a city municipal building in 2019. A city committee met with people who’ve helped plan memorials for the shootings in El Paso, Texas; San Bernadino, California and Newtown, Connecticut, to learn about their approaches. 

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