VPM Daily Newscast: March 9, 2022
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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.
In Other News:
General Assembly passes protections for Virginians evicted from assisted living facilities – Virginia Mercury
UVA students vote to change 180-year-old honor policy that expels students – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia program offers state subsidies to defense contractors - VPM
The Dept. Of Wildlife Resources’ Falcon Cam is back!
In Case You Missed It:
A neo-Nazi group and its former leader seek to reduce Unite the Right rally trial damages – The Daily Progress
Only 2 private wells in Eastern Henrico show elevated PFAS levels – The Henrico Citizen
Youngkin concerned about Virginia Community College System's search for new leader – Richmond Times-Dispatch