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VPM Daily Newscast: May 4, 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, May 4, 2022  
What happens in Virginia if Roe v. Wade is overturned  
Reported by VPM News' Whittney Evans 

A leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe versus Wade has supercharged a debate over abortion access in Virginia. For now, abortions before the third trimester will remain legal in the commonwealth. But Republicans are one vote away from controlling the state Senate and already hold the House of Delegates and the governor’s office. 

Roe v. Wade decision will likely have ripple effect on Virginia elections 
Reported by VPM News' Ben Paviour  

Republicans face an uphill battle passing new abortion restrictions in Virginia before 2023, which is when the state Senate is up for grabs. Some experts say the GOP will have to tread carefully on the issue with suburban voters. The issue could also influence this year’s Congressional races. Three vulnerable Democrats, including Rep. Abigail Spanberger, say they’ll defend abortion rights.

The return of open mic night to a Newport News comedy institution
Reported by VPM News' Paul Bibeau 

Cozzy’s Comedy Club has been on the Peninsula for more than 20 years. The open mic night has been a Thursday fixture for a long time. It shut down along with the rest of the world in 2020. After the worst months of the pandemic, people are going back to live shows and Cozzy’s is trying to rebuild. 

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