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VPM Daily Newscast: July 29, 2022

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VPM Daily Newscast

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, July 29, 2022:     

Richmond official breaks down methods behind city’s universal pre-K study
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

A group called the Children’s Funding Project is studying what it would cost to provide high-quality free preschool to all 3 and 4-year-olds in Richmond. The study results are expected next spring.   

UVA infectious disease expert says to take 'monkeypox quite seriously' 
Reported by VPM News Intern Davis Alcorn 

Experts have been critical of the federal government’s response to the current monkeypox outbreak and are particularly concerned about the lack of clinical trials exploring the efficacy of available treatment options. Locally, the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts have around 340 doses of the monkeypox vaccine available, while more than 1,300 people have expressed interest in getting the shot as of this week. 

Study finds Virginia Medicaid expansion increased financial security 
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour  

The results of the study, published this month in the journal Health Affairs, echo findings in other states that have expanded Medicaid. The research focused on the nearly 675,000 people who were enrolled after lawmakers expanded access in 2019.

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