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VPM Daily Newscast: June 17, 2022

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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 Friday, June 17, 2022      

Local health districts affirm racism’s role in disparate medical outcomes
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen  

State Health Commissioner Colin Greene has been the subject of controversy after the Washington Post quoted him downplaying the role of racism in public health. Local officials emphasized this week that they plan to continue to acknowledge how “structural and interpersonal racism” impacts health outcomes. 

Governor’s proposed amendment would further limit abortion access in Virginia 
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans  

Governor Glenn Youngkin has proposed an amendment to the state budget that bars the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion-related services. The state already denies funding to Medicaid-eligible pregnant people who seek an abortion - except in cases of rape, incest, when their life is at risk, and with severe fetal diagnoses. The governor’s amendment would remove the fetal diagnoses from that list.

In rural coastal Virginia, an academic tool helps jumpstart flood resilience  
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner  

Bigger coastal communities faced with such a problem often conduct their own analysis and start preparing solutions. But smaller and more rural places like Onancock, which has a population of about 1,200, don’t have the resources to do so. That’s where a local program called RAFT comes in:  the Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool.

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