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VPM Daily Newscast: March 17, 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 Thursday, March 17, 2022 
Youngkin pitches lawmakers on 3-month gas tax holiday 
Reported by VPM News 

During the upcoming Special Session, Gov. Glenn Youngkin wants lawmakers to approve legislation to suspend the state’s gas tax for 90 days. The tax is just over 26 cents per gallon of gas, and 27 cents for diesel. Democrats in the state Senate say lawmakers need to prioritize finishing the state budget and that suspending the gas tax could have long-term effects on infrastructure. 

Ban on withholding student transcripts fails this year in General Assembly 
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

Lawmakers proposed a bill to prohibit public colleges and universities from withholding transcripts from students who owe money to schools. There was some push back to the measure during this year’s General Assembly session. 
New solar projects coming to Virginia 
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner  

The State Corporation Commission approved 15 of Dominion Energy’s solar projects. Another 24 are privately owned and Dominion will buy power from them. Dominion says those projects will provide nearly 1,000 megawatts of electricity. That’s enough to power about a quarter-million homes when at their peak output. The typical customer will see their monthly bill increase by about $1.13 starting in May. We should disclose: Dominion Energy is a sponsor of VPM News.

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