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VPM Daily Newscast: Aug. 23, 2022

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VPM Daily Newscast

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. 23, 2022:     

First class enters Maggie Walker after new testing policy begins
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly 

It’s back-to-school time for many kids in the Richmond area, including a new freshman class at the Maggie Walker Governor’s School. They’re the first class admitted under a new admission policy, which gets rid of a requirement to take an achievement test. The change was approved in 2020 by the school’s board in an effort to diversify the pool of new students.  

Book chronicling transgender teens to remain on Chesterfield school shelves 
Reported by VPM News Intern Davis Alcorn 

When middle and high school students return to class in Chesterfield County this week, they’ll find a book on library shelves that was almost removed by the school district. Becoming Magenta has been generally well received since its publication, but it’s become the target of conservative backlash as part of a larger culture war in classrooms. 

Researchers study what’s threatening Virginia’s coastal forests 
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner  

For the past several years, researchers from the Virginia Department of Forestry and nonprofit Green Infrastructure Center have been looking into what’s happening to Virginia’s coastal forests. They chose to study the Peninsula because it has a mix of urban, suburban and rural land.  

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