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VPM Daily Newscast March 31, 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 31, 2022  

Governor still evaluating legislation that allows police to use social media photos to find suspects

Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans  
Gov. Glenn Youngkin met with stakeholders yesterday to talk about legislation he is deciding whether to sign into law. The  bill would allow law enforcement to use photos from Facebook and Instagram to help track down crime suspects and even identify victims. The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and other civil rights groups call the practice “reckless, invasive and ripe for abuse,” but lawmakers say the proposal is largely misunderstood.  

Newport News wants citizens to tell it how to tackle gun violence 

Reported by WHRO News’ Ryan Murphy  
The 36-question survey asks for Newport News residents’ thoughts on police and their experiences with crime and discrimination. The goal is to take the responses and use them to shape policies to address gun violence. The Virginia Department of Health reported that between 2013 and 2017, Newport News posted the third most gun homicides in the state, behind Richmond and Norfolk.

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