VPM Daily Newscast: Sept. 1, 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 Sept. 1, 2022:
State officials say the process to leave RGGI will begin soon
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen
The Youngkin administration told the State Air Pollution Control Board yesterday that the process to leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, commonly known as RGGI, will begin in the coming weeks. Administration officials say leaving the program is part of an effort to reduce electric rates, which have risen steadily for decades. But some board members question the methods, noting the burden on ratepayers can be eased through legislation, and that energy costs are dependent on a range of factors.
A project restoring marches on the Eastern Shore receives federal funds
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner
The money is going to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for their work restoring and expanding marshes on Cedar Island, which is one of Virginia’s 12 major barrier islands on the seaside of the Eastern Shore. The islands are constantly shifting in response to the water around them. It’s natural for them to change shape, but sea level rise has dramatically sped up that process.
Hanover school board approves controversial bathroom access policy
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly
The Hanover County School Board approved a controversial policy on Tuesday night. It requires transgender students to submit written requests to use bathrooms and locker rooms aligning with their gender identity, with the school board having the final say.
In other news:
UVA report sheds light on utility-scale solar farm decommissioning – Virginia Mercury
Chesterfield site taken off Superfund list - Richmond Times-Dispatch
Chase City town employees given paid parental leave – The News-Progress
In case you missed it:
Lots of effort, limited results spark Youngkin's call to change workforce training – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond-area food pantries overwhelmed – Axios Richmond
How Henrico's roads can keep cyclists safer – VPM News