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VPM Daily Newscast: March 11, 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 11, 2022 

Virginia Democrats call on Governor to issue state of emergency 
Reported by VPM News 

Virginia Democrats want Gov. Glenn Youngkin to issue a state of emergency because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. An emergency declaration activates the state’s anti-price gouging act, which allows the Attorney General’s office to investigate businesses that are overcharging for gas and fuel. Due to the war, gas prices have spiked nationwide to more than $4 on average.

Young children struggling to read will get more support from state budget 
Reported by VPM News' Megan Pauly 

Last year, assessments showed more Virginia kindergartners and first-graders were struggling to read at their grade level than the year before. The General Assembly has passed legislation this year to require evidence-based literacy instruction in Virginia schools, which lawmakers are now working out how to pay for.  

  70 officers decertified after state law implemented for first year 
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans 

A state law aimed at getting problem police officers off the streets has resulted in dozens of cops losing their badges in the last year. The law, which passed following nationwide protests, had bipartisan support among lawmakers and law enforcement groups.

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