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VPM Daily Newscast: March 8, 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 Tuesday, March 8, 2022 

Groups partner to assist Afghan refugees  
Reported by VPM News' Angie Miles 

As more than a million Ukrainians seek safety in countries bordering their own, the United States is helping more than 76,000 Afghan refugees to resettle here. Since last August, Virginia has resettled more than 5,000 refugees from Afghanistan. Aid workers have been helping the newcomers with housing, clothing, food and finding jobs, and in some cases, trying to secure passage for loved ones who have not yet made it out. 
Virginia program offers state subsidies to defense contractors
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

A little-known Virginia program has given nearly $930,000 in state subsidies to defense contractors over the last three years in a bid to increase exports abroad and shore up a key industry in the commonwealth. The program’s organizers in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership say they’re not aware of any other states that offer something like their Global Defense Program. 

Ruling on governor’s school admissions policies concerns legal experts  
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

A federal judge recently ruled that changes to the admissions policy at a northern Virginia governor’s school discriminated against Asian American students. But many legal groups say this judge got it wrong and anticipate legal challenges. A measure to change how governor’s schools approach admissions has also been brought up in legislation making its way through the Virginia General Assembly.  

Norfolk waterways flourish with oyster population 
Reported by WHRO News’ Ryan Murphy 

It wasn’t long ago that Norfolk’s Lafayette River was written off as dead. But restored oyster populations have exploded in the past couple of years and brought the waterway life back. 

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