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VPM Daily Newscast: May 18, 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 18, 2022  

Has abortion always been a polarizing topic in Virginia?  
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

The issue of abortion today is politically polarized, but it wasn’t always that way. Before Roe v. Wade, an historian from the University of West Georgia says there was political support from both Republicans and Democrats to legalize certain abortions. In fact, that’s what happened in Virginia, where state lawmakers legalized abortion in 1970 for a handful of scenarios.  

Upwards of 400,000 Virginians could soon lose Medicaid coverage 
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

With the pandemic health emergency set to expire in the coming months, officials in Virginia are preparing for a major review of who receives Medicaid. State officials told lawmakers Tuesday that they estimate between 280,000 and 400,000 Virginians could lose coverage.  

Stakeholders concerned about extra costs for Dominion Energy customers 
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 

State regulators are reviewing Dominion Energy’s proposal for its long-touted Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, and several stakeholders are concerned ratepayers could be left footing a larger-than-expected bill because of additional costs for the project. Dominion representatives say any change to customers’ bills would have to be approved by regulators.

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