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VPM Daily Newscast: March 18, 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 18, 2022 
Governor continues push to leave Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative 
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 

Governor Glenn Youngkin shared a report this week recommending Virginia leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. He calls RGGI a carbon tax because the cost set on heat-trapping air pollution from fossil fueled power plants comes out of the pockets of households and businesses. But supporters of the carbon emissions market say the report doesn’t consider the cash RGGI is bringing in. 

Virginia lawmakers want to deter and crack down on catalytic converter thefts
Reported by WAMU’s Jordan Pascale 

Virginia lawmakers want to deter and crack down on catalytic converter thefts. These devices are found underneath vehicles and clean exhaust. Thefts have increased over the past few years, especially from Priuses, as the value of the precious metals inside has gone up drastically. The crime could be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony if a bill passed by the General Assembly becomes law.

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