VPM Daily Newscast: Sept. 16, 2022
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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Sept. 16, 2022:
Left unchecked, sea-level rise could cost Virginia $79 billion this century, ODU study says
Reported by WHRO News’ Katherine Hafner
The impacts of large natural disasters — like fires and hurricanes — are pretty easy to demonstrate. But the damage from sea-level rise can be harder to illustrate, said Bob McNab, director of Old Dominion University’s Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy. Changes happen over months and years, rather than all at once.
Area health districts offering updated boosters
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen
The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts began distributing recently approved bivalent COVID-19 vaccines at a Wednesday walk-up event. In a press conference Thursday morning, health district director Elaine Perry said the new shots bolster protection against the original COVID-19 strain, as well as the hyper-transmissible Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.
Youngkin signs onto GOP letter calling on President Biden to cancel student loan forgiveness program
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly
When VPM News reached out to the Gov. Glenn Younkin’s office Wednesday about whether or not he supported President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness proposal, a spokesperson provided an updated letter with his signature. Apparently, there was a delay in adding it to the initial letter that went out Monday.
In other news:
With Diamond Dirstrict team in place, city tees up Coliseum-area RFI - Richmond BizSense
Hanover School Board member accused of violating federal student privacy law - Richmond Times-Dispatch
A hydrogen plant could rise near a former King George coal plant – Virginia Mercury
Stuff to do: The Afrikana Film Festival, St. Benedikt Oktoberfest , Steel Pulse at the National and Father John Misty at Brown's Island – Style Weekly
In case you missed it:
Supply chain, staffing challenges slow Virginia's use of rescue plan funds – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Libertarian Party of Virginia dissolving after national party’s ‘bigoted’ turn, ex-chair says – Virginia Mercury
The Gift of ‘Gabriel’: World premiere musical at Firehouse tells a forgotten story well – Style Weekly