VPM Daily Newscast: August 2, 2022
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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Tuesday, August 2, 2022:
Weeks before the new school year, Richmond still has a shortage of teachers
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly
The pandemic has exacerbated the teacher shortage, which was already a troubling problem in Virginia and across the country pre-COVID. School districts, including Richmond, have many unfilled vacancies just weeks before the start of a new school year. A recent RAND Corporation study shows that this past school year, educators and staff were about twice as likely to report job-related stress as the general population of working adults.
New data shows children are committing more crimes in Hampton
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner
A Harvard researcher uncovered the trend while stationed in the city this summer to help leaders with data-backed decision making. There’s been a 20% average increase each year since 2017, with violent incidents specifically going up even faster.
In Other News:
Students with varying immigration statuses to be eligible for in-state college aid – VPM News
Washington Commanders stars will visit Richmond on August 26 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Study: Virginia Medicaid expansion increased financial security for enrollees - Virginia Mercury
Scooter operator bolts out of Richmond – Richmond BizSense
In Case You Missed It:
PolitFact VA: National Republican group muddles Spanberger’s record on police funding – VPM News
More armadillos sighted in Southwest Virginia - Cardinal News
Rappahanock Health district had 'hundreds of thousands of dollars' in unpaid bills - The Free-Lance Star
Governor Youngkin announces more than $27 million in funds for Affordable and Special Needs housing projects - WRIC