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VPM Daily Newscast: March 24, 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 24, 2022 
Resources for families who need housing can’t keep up with pandemic hike in homelessness, rising housing costs  
Reported by VPM News' Meg Schiffres 

Richmond is a ‘no guarantee bed community,’ meaning that people who find themselves living on the streets cannot necessarily count on or even expect to find somewhere safe like a shelter to lay their heads at night. While they strive to respond to requests for help quickly, organizations say the resources simply aren’t present in the city to assist everyone who calls their Homeless Connection Hotline right away. 

Historical markers unveiled for “Hidden Figures”  
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner  

Around 200 people packed the lobby at the NASA Langley’s Visitor Center in downtown Hampton to honor Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan. They were the namesakes of a book by a Hampton native called “Hidden Figures,” made into a hit movie five years ago. It reveals how the three Black women did crucial math for early rocket missions despite facing rampant racism and sexism. 

Gov. Glenn Youngkin calls special session on April 4 
Reported by VPM News Staff 

Virginia lawmakers will be called back to Richmond on April 4th to finish work on bills and the state budget. Governor Glenn Youngkin  issued the decision Wednesday. He says that between high gas prices and rising inflation, the General Assembly needs to provide relief to families and “get back to work.” Lawmakers initially wrapped up work for this year’s General Assembly session earlier this month. But they did not reach a compromise on key issues in the budget, including tax cuts and education funding.

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