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VPM Daily Newscast: Aug. 30, 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. 30, 2022:    

‘FARTCAR’: The license plates Virginia DMV won’t let you have 
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

Virginia vanity license plates have offered drivers an outlet for bad puns and inside jokes since they were first introduced in 1981. In all, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles rejected upwards of 39,000 thousand license plates over the past few years, according to DMV spokesperson. Vetoed plates get added to what DMV staff call the “no-no list.”  

Virginia Beach has battled over what books are too obscene for kids. Now the issue is going to court. 

Reported by WHRO News’ Ryan Murphy  

A Virginia Beach judge will decide on Tuesday whether kids would have to get a parent’s permission to buy or rent two books some call ‘obscene.’ National trade groups of authors, publishers and booksellers as well as the ACLU and a few individual book shops around Virginia all signed onto filings in the case, saying the lawsuit would set a dangerous precedent. 

The death of a cyclist renews attention to road design and safety 

Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil 

Osborne Turnpike in Henrico County is where two women were hit, one of whom died, earlier this month by a reportedly drunk driver. The roadway lacks some of the design elements experts say can prevent deaths, such as bike lanes or signage. According to data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 16 bicyclists died on Virginia roads last year, and more than 500 were injured.

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