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VPM Daily Newscast: March 9, 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 9, 2022

General Assembly to finalize judicial appointments this week 
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

The General Assembly is set to vote on a slate of judges today, a process that mainly happens behind closed doors. Virginia is one of only two states where lawmakers choose judges. A delegation of lawmakers from a particular area choose judges for local courts. The General Assembly, as a whole, rarely questions the picks, meaning the judges will be approved unless local lawmakers change their minds. 
State budget may include funds for mussel restoration program  
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 

Virginia lawmakers are considering whether the Department of Wildlife Resources should hire two biologists to put together and implement a statewide freshwater mussel protection and restoration plan. Virginia is home to over 80 species of the critters. Scientists say they’re  an essential part of ecosystems, each one can filter pollutants from up to an estimated 15 gallons of water a day. But populations in the wild are declining. 

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