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VPM Daily Newscast June 21, 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 Tuesday, June 21, 2022    

Republican primary voters  hope to flip two key House of Representatives seats
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

In 2018, Democrats flipped three of Virginia’s 11 Congressional seats as part of a backlash to former President Trump. Now, with an unpopular Democrat in the White House, Republicans are trying to win them back.

New state budget allocates $5 million to Virginia’s public historically Black colleges 
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

Lawmakers had previously approved $10 million in financial aid for certain students without permanent legal immigration status. Gov. Glenn Youngkin removed that funding, in favor of $5 million just for HBCUs. Some lawmakers saw this as an attempt to pit communities against each other. Late Friday, Democratic Senators Joe Morrisey and Lionel Spruill ensured the funding’s passage in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Researchers work to honor lives of enslaved Africans who built Midlothian coal mines 
Reported by VPM News’ Ian Stewart 

Coal mines in the village of Midlothian in Chesterfield County helped fuel the Revolutionary and Civil wars. A local historian wants the county to better honor the enslaved men and children who worked and died in the mines.  

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