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VPM Daily Newscast: March 16, 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 16, 2022 
Judge says VCU can’t be held liable for age-based discrimination 
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans  

A Richmond judge tossed out an age-discrimination lawsuit brought by a Virginia Commonwealth University student. The doctoral student says she was treated differently than her younger peers and forced to withdraw from her program after being accused of plagiarism. The  Virginia Human Rights Act bars discrimination based on race, religion and age among other characteristics. But the ban doesn’t apply to the Commonwealth itself or its agencies - which includes public colleges and universities.  
New Veterans Affairs medical centers recommended in new report
Reported by WHRO and VPM News 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs suggests building several new VA medical centers in Virginia, which includes replacing the Hampton facility with two new centers. The recommendation came from a  new report released by the agency this week that aims to modernize care of veterans nationwide. The analysis was commissioned by legislation supported by U.S. Senator Mark Warner.  

Local health districts mark two year anniversary since pandemic began 
Reported by VPM News 

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts started their emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic nearly two years ago to the day. Since March 14, 2020, the health districts have held more than 240 COVID-19 testing events and vaccinated over 290,000 people.  Where are we going next? Dr. Melissa Viray, the acting director of the RHHD, says there will still be challenges along the way, but we have more tools than before to be prepared.

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