VPM Daily Newscast: April 20, 2022
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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Youngkin vetoes bipartisan bill designed to reign in slumlords
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour
Horror stories have cropped up from tenants across the state: holes in the walls, rotten floors and flooded kitchens. A bipartisan group of lawmakers passed legislation last month designed to rein in landlords who don’t keep up their properties. But Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoed the bill in a move housing advocates say will let slumlords off the hook.
Faith leaders, activists concerned about the effects sea level rise will have on places of worship
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner
More than 220 places of worship in Hampton Roads are at risk of serious damage from persistent flooding and sea level rise. That’s according to a national climate action organization that recently mapped those most at risk in coming decades. A group of faith leaders and environmentalists gathered next to the Hague Tuesday to draw attention to the issue.
Court finds medical advancements prove man’s innocence after ‘94 conviction
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans
The Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled that a man found guilty in 1994 of sexually abusing his children is innocent. Michael Haas filed a petition for a writ of actual innocence in July of 2020, shortly after a new Virginia law went into effect making it easier for people to have their cases reexamined. The effort to reopen the case was supported by both Attorney General Jason Miyares and his predecessor, Mark Herring.
In Other News:
Montpelier staffers say they were fired for backing descendants group – The Washington Post
Google to invest $300M in Va., give grant to CodeVA – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Gill lice detected for first time in Virginia trout – Virginia Mercury
In Case You Missed It:
Youngkin orders security review of state mental hospitals after escapes – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Feedback needed on regional infrastructure projects – Central Virginia Transportation Authority
For a Black Man Hired to Undo a Confederate Legacy, It Has Not Been Easy – The New York Times