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VPM Daily Newscast: March 15, 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 15, 2022 

RGGI auction brings in over $74 million to Virginia 
Reported by VPM News Patrick Larsen 
Virginia brought in  over $74 million for flood protection and energy efficiency programs through the  latest Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction. But with the state budget unresolved, Virginia’s future in RGGI is still uncertain. 
Virginia teens press General Assembly for action on mental healt h
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

Between virtual learning and racial justice protests, it’s been a long two years for youth in Virginia. Advocates say the recent turmoil highlighted the state’s lack of investment in mental health services for students. While political and media debate has swirled around critical race theory and masking, student advocates say their mental health deserves more attention. 
Protesters demand Family Dollar take responsibility for Alecia Nelson’s arrest
Reported by VPM News’ Meg Schiffres 

Despite freezing temperatures and light snowfall Saturday, protesters gathered outside a Family Dollar store in Richmond to protest the corporation’s role in the violent arrest of Alecia Nelson. A video circulating on social media in the Richmond-area shows a police officer holding Nelson on the floor of a Family Dollar store as she said she cannot breathe. Richmond Police are now investigating the incident internally.  

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