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VPM Daily Newscast: April 26, 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 26, 2022  
Hanover students protest discrimination against LGBTQ students  
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 
A group of Hanover County students spent last Friday in silence as part of a national day of LGBTQ advocacy. The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence is meant to protest bullying and discrimination against queer students. They said students need a safe place to learn. Previous protest plans were shelved when students received threats of violence and were informed they’d be suspended for leaving class to participate.  

Bernie Sanders celebrates Starbucks unionization in Richmond 
Reported by VPM’s Meg Schiffres 
Bernie Sanders came to Richmond this weekend to celebrate the recent unionization of seven  Starbucks locations in Virginia. They’re among more than 200 such stores to do so nationwide. Speaking at The National on Saturday, Sanders criticized Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz for opposing unionizing efforts among baristas who’ve sacrificed their safety by working through a pandemic. A spokesperson for Starbucks says accusations of anti-union tactics are categorically false.

City Council votes to proceed with new George Wythe High School
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 
Asbestos, roaches, and mice are just a few of the reported problems facing George Wythe High School on Richmond’s Southside, which has been caught up for months in a school construction fight between the school board and mayor’s office. Richmond City Council voted last night to approve the design and construction of a new 1800-student facility.

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