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VPM Daily Newscast: March 25, 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 25, 2022 
For the first time in decades, Mattaponi women can vote in tribal elections  
Reported by VPM News’ Alex Scribner  
For the first time in over 100 years, Mattaponi women will be able to vote for their next chief. The tribe is holding its first open elections on Saturday. Some members have been highly critical of the current council and are seeking new leadership.

Jackson confirmation hearings highlight lack of public defender experience on the bench   
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans 

The contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week have highlighted the lack of professional diversity on the nation’s highest court. Once confirmed, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first justice with experience as a public defender. Only about 1% of federal appeals court judges are former public defenders, according to the  Center for American Progress.

Federal funds help build a 24-hour detox center in Henrico County 
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 
Henrico County has received $1 million in federal funds to help construct a 24-hour detox and rehabilitation center. County officials say there’s a growing need for these resources in the community. Rep. Abigail Spanberger secured money for the center and 9 other central Virginia projects through a new federal program. The center is expected to open in 2024. 

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