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VPM Daily Newscast: April 12, 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 Tuesday, April 12, 2022  

Youngkin signs hundreds of bills 
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has put his executive pen to work in recent days, signing over 700 pieces of legislation. The new laws touch everything from elections to juvenile justice. Democrats still control Virginia’s Senate, so all of the new laws passed with at least some bipartisan support. The new laws go into effect July 1st. 

City Council to review new proposal for George Wythe High School construction 
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has proposed a new ordinance to city council to set aside funding to begin the design and construction of a new George Wythe High School. Stoney says the ordinance represents a compromise – solidifying funds for a school with a student population of 1,800. The proposal still needs to have a public hearing. Stoney expects it will be voted on by the city council in two weeks. 

Virginia Beach African American Cultural Center gets funding
Reported by WHRO News’ Paul Bibeau 

Virginia Beach leaders agreed last week to dedicate $1 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to the future African American Cultural Center. But the nonprofit behind the center says there’s still millions more needed to get the proposed 35,000 square foot building constructed to house such programming. 

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Ian M. Stewart is the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.