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VPM Daily Newscast: May 5, 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 Thursday, May 5, 2022  

Virginia launches Office of the Children’s Ombudsman 
Reported by VPM News' Whittney Evans  

The long-awaited Office of the Children’s Ombudsman is now up and running. It was created to advocate for changes to Virginia’s child welfare system, and independently investigate complaints.  

Navy investigates how ship conditions may have contributed to deaths on the USS George Washington
Reported by WHRO News  

Congresswoman Elaine Luria wants to know if there is a connection between conditions on the USS George Washington and the deaths of 7 personnel over the past 12 months. The Navy has launched multiple investigations and moved more than 200 people off the vessel. At least four of those deaths were by suicide.

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