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VPM Daily Newscast: July 27, 2022

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Wednesday, July 27, 2022:      

AG Miyares: Virginia law enforcement are taking notes from Uvalde report 
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans 

At a Virginia School Safety Training Forum in Hampton Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jason Miyares told reporters that Virginia law enforcement agencies are reviewing the Uvalde report and recognize the bungled response. He noted that they already train for active shooter situations. The Virginia General Assembly increased funding this year to put more police officers and security guards in schools. The legislature also passed a law requiring schools to update and digitize maps of their facilities, so first responders can more easily navigate the buildings during an emergency. 

A new airline is coming to the Newport News-Williamsburg Airport  
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner 

Houston-based Avelo Airlines first took flight just over a year ago, now it's coming to the Newport News-Williamsburg Airport in October, with nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando for as little as $29. After Delta stopped flying to the airport during the pandemic, it received a federal grant of about $850,000 to boost marketing and attract new airlines. This helped it attract Avelo, which says on its website that it aims to offer affordable flights and fly out of smaller airports.

Fonticello Food Forest cultivates produce, community 
Reported by VPM News’ Meg Schiffres 

Partners Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price opened the Fonticello Food Forest, a free farmstand and community garden, where volunteers give away thousands of pounds of fresh fruits, veggies and breads every Wednesday. They opened the farmstand in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused them and other volunteers to realize how little access people in the area have to affordable and fresh groceries.

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