VPM Daily Newscast: April 13, 2022
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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.
In Other News:
New law creates fund for Indigenous land protection – VPM
Commanders president says team doesn’t want bidding war over new stadium – Virginia Mercury
National historic landmark unveiling ceremony coming up at Burley - CBS19
Developers pull contract to build 650 single-family homes and town homes in Varina – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Politifact VA: Republicans' budget wouldn't cut education spending, but it would invest less than Democrats' - VPM
In Case You Missed It:
Former DeVos aide appointed Virginia’s deputy secretary of education – Virginia Mercury
Easter on Parade not happening this year, plans to return in 2023 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Petersburg residents can give their input on the FY2023 budget this week at two public workshops – The Progress-Index