VPM Daily Newscast: March 22, 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.
Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Women Veterans recognized for service at War Memorial Ceremony
Reported by VPM News Intern Meghan McIntyre
A diverse crowd of more than 50 women veterans participated in a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond Monday. Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears, who is a Marine veteran herself, highlighted the impact of the more than 109,000 women veterans living in Virginia. The commonwealth is home to one of the largest populations of women veterans per capita.
Virginia drops workplace COVID safety measures
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board says the disease as it is now doesn’t meet the legal standard of posing a quote “grave danger” to workers. While the group struck down the state’s workplace COVID-19 requirements, that doesn’t mean all health and safety policies will go away. Employers in healthcare and other industries will still have to provide PPE and sanitize spaces. And any employer can still be held accountable for inadequate COVID protections under general state and federal workplace safety rules.
New podcast explores global reaches of white supremacy
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans
The new podcast "Verified: The Next Threat" uncovers an international network of white supremacists who are recruiting for a new trans-national holy war. Mark Greenblatt, an investigative reporter for the Scripps News Bureau, spoke with VPM News reporter Whittney Evans about how this project began.
In Other News:
Narrowed List of Names for Fort Lee, Other U.S. Military Bases – Rep. Donald McEachin’s office
New state election commissioner says she backs department's strategic plan – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Sierra Jenkins: A bright light put out too soon – Virginian-Pilot
In Case You Missed It:
After years of failed attempts, Virginia is legalizing switchblades – Virginia Mercury