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VPM Daily Newscast: March 4, 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 Friday, March 4, 2022 

Youngkin administration blocks release of public record requests
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

Last month, VPM News reported that Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office has refused to hand over submissions to the “tip line” he created for parents. Now, the administration is also blocking attempts to see who made public records requests and how they were handled. 

Virginia state agencies often fail to provide access for non-English speakers
Reported by WHRO News’ Ryan Murphy 

Virginia’s Latino residents have been  more likely to catch COVID-19 over the last two years. A  state report admits a lack of Spanish-speaking contact tracers and insufficient outreach in Spanish-speaking communities are partly to blame. 

Virginia Department of Education to work on heat-related illness guidance for school districts 
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 

The Virginia Department of Education will have to draw up statewide guidance on heat-related illness this summer due to a bill passed by the General Assembly on Thursday. The guidelines would educate coaches, student athletes and parents on how to recognize and prevent these illnesses. The report will be shared with school districts by August.  

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