VPM Daily Newscast: July 20, 2022
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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Youngkin and GOP board majorities could reshape education, environment, elections
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour
Six months into his term, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s appointments to key state boards have given him the regulatory muscle to impact those policies anyway. His picks could eventually give the Republican lasting influence over issues ranging from abortion to elections — even if the GOP never wins complete control of the legislature.
Oceanfront businesses still see a strong season, despite fewer festivals
Reported by WHRO News’ Paul Bibeau and Ryan Murphy
Virginia Beach will spend a record $750,000 on the East Coast Surfing Championship this summer. It’s a bid to attract more people, after the city lost several major festivals and events in the past year. While summer concerts and festivals increase the number of customers they get, local businesses say normal tourist traffic has been strong and business has been good overall this summer.
Local health officials urge residents to take precautions in the heat
Reported by VPM News Intern Davis Alcorn
So far this year, the Virginia Department of Health reports more than 1,500 people have visited emergency departments or urgent care centers because of heat-related illnesses. If someone’s body temperature goes above 100 degrees and they’re feeling faint, Richmond and Henrico Health District officials say it’s time to get medical attention.
In Other News:
Richmond schools will end upcoming academic year earlier than anticipated – Richmond Times-Dispatch
SCC approves latest version of Appalachian Power's renewable energy plan - The Roanoke Times
Aurora Higgs shares her story in hopes of reshaping Virginia – VPM News
In Case You Missed It:
Wilder sues VCU's Rao, others, for not firing employee who sent crude messages - Richmond Times-Dispatch
Police agencies arrest 36 people during sex solicitation sting – VPM News
Virginia’s mental health hotline launches amid fears it won’t meet expectations – Virginia Mercury
Governor names Petersburg city attorney, Chesterfield Police chief to criminal justice services board – Progress-Index