VPM Daily Newscast: June 17, 2022
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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.
In Other News:
Title IX helped daughter-father duo level the playing field for girls' athletics in Virginia – VPM News
Higher tolls, no more coins among changes for Dulles Toll Road users - The Washington Post
Virginia Board of Education pans Youngkin report on K-12 student achievement - Virginia Mercury
Former Charlottesville police chief sues city for $10 million – The Daily Progress
In Case You Missed It:
Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame – Associated Press / WAVY10 News
Tension over role of racism in public health strains Va. agency under Youngkin – The Washington Post
Judge dismisses restraining orders against Sen. Joe Morrissey over radio show outburst – Virginia Mercury