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VPM Daily Newscast: April 13, 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 Wednesday, April 13, 2022  

With slew of vetoes, Youngkin plays ‘hardball’ with Democrats
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour  

Gov. Glenn Youngkin rejected nine out of ten bills that reached his desk from Democrat Sen. Adam Ebbin, who played a leading role in the Senate’s rejection of the governor’s appointments to the parole board. The governor says all but two of Ebbin’s bills were unnecessary because he’d signed or amended identical legislation from the House of Delegates. In all, Youngkin rejected more bills in his first year than any governor since Jim Gilmore in 1998, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. 

Update: Youngkin to support bill authorizing police use of facial recognition technology  
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans 

Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he’ll support a bill to allow local law enforcement and campus police to use facial recognition technology. But, he’s asking the General Assembly to make some changes first before it becomes law. This includes a proposed amendment to require additional training and support from the Virginia State Police, which is already allowed to use the technology. 

Great Dismal Swamp getting new trailhead to boost access
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner  

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is revamping one of its trailheads to draw in more visitors. The refuge is using a $50,000 grant from Dominion Energy to build a new trailhead closer to the road. There will also be new signs and an outdoor pavilion. 

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