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VPM Daily Newscast: May 20, 2022

The VPM 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 Friday, May 20, 2022  

Youngkin administration sees ‘downward trendlines’ in public education
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly

The more than 30-page report, commissioned under Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s first executive order, is filled with data that largely centers on low standardized test scores among students of color.  Administration officials say they will work with the State Board of Education to raise state standards. Advocates told VPM News they’re worried about the focus on test scores and say other resources should be fully funded to support students and teachers.  

Formula shortage worsens as local families begin to panic  
Reported by VPM News’ Meg Schiffres  

Local pediatricians are warning parents and guardians not to take drastic measures as a national shortage of baby formula worsens. Some are seeing cases of malnutrition and dehydration, because families are resorting to unsafe options like watering down formula or making it at home. To find formula, experts say families should contact their pediatricians for help. 

Elizabeth River Project breaks ground on “resilience lab”
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner  

The Elizabeth River Project is working to build a new $8 million headquarters in Norfolk. It’s meant to be an urban sanctuary for the public, with lots of greenery for people to explore.

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