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VPM Daily Newscast: Aug. 19, 2022

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The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.  

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Aug. 19, 2022:     

VDOE: Higher standardized test scores show correlation to in-person learning 
Reported by VPM News’ Katharine DeRosa and Sara McCloskey 

Results released by the Virginia Department of Education on Thursday show 66 percent of students in all grades passed their math exams for the most recent school year. That’s down by about 16 percent compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. In a  statement, Governor Glenn Youngkin said the results show that prolonged school shutdowns have “undeniably exacerbated the learning loss experienced by Virginia’s students.”   

Exploration of NASA Langley’s role in latest space launch 
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner 

NASA will soon launch the Artemis 1 rocket into space. It’s the first step in sending Americans back to the moon for the first time since Apollo 50 years ago. NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton played a big role in many ways. 

New playground opens in Richmond’s Church Hill 
Reported by VPM News’ Meg Schiffres 

The playground was constructed as part of the city’s project to build three new schools, including Henry L. Marsh Elementary which was previously known as George Mason Elementary. The project was funded by a two cent increase to the meals taxes that was approved in 2018.

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