VPM Daily Newscast: Aug. 16, 2022
The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.
Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Aug. 16, 2022:
Congressman declines debates, citing concerns about opponent’s stance on election integrity
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour
Rep. Donald McEachin says he’s declined invitations to debate his Republican opponent. In a letter yesterday, McEachin says he won’t share the stage with Leon Benjamin until he acknowledges the legitimacy of the 2020 election.
Anti-pipeline activists gather after Inflation Reduction Act vote
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen
Activists opposing the 303-mile-long Mountain Valley Pipeline gathered less than a mile from its path over the weekend. Construction in the area has been on pause for years, as pipeline investors attempt to secure key permits that were revoked after hundreds of environmental hazards were documented. But progress seems more likely now. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin demanded relaxed permitting policies in exchange for signing onto the Inflation Reduction Act.
How one 'former' helps people leave violent extremist groups
Reported by VPM News’ Sara McCloskey
Five years after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, far-right ideologies continue to embed in mainstream American politics. While experts say white supremacist groups are nothing new, these organizations continue to recruit members, and communities nationwide are suffering more attacks.
In other news:
Virginia Obamacare rates set to fall next year ( Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Demand for mental health services outpaces expectations ( Virginia Mercury)
In case you missed it:
Postal Service shuts Montpelier Station office over racial segregation exhibit ( Culpeper Star-Exponent)
Dulles solar farm would be the nation’s largest at an airport ( The Washington Post)
Germanna, UMW to explore lab schools ( The Free Lance-Star)