VPM Daily Newscast: March 15, 2022
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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.
In Other News:
General Assembly leaves town without a budget, prepares for special session - VPM
No foul play suspected in death of VSU student whose body was found in her off-campus apartment – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
USA TODAY’s Women of the Year: Meet the woman who helped Virginia ban no-knock warrants – Progress-Index
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