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VPM Daily Newscast: January 11, 2022

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Tuesday, January 11, 2022: 

  • Governor Ralph Northam declared a limited state of emergency in his final COVID-19 response update yesterday. The state will loosen some regulations to open more hospital beds and increase staffing. Patrick Larsen reports

  • Orlando Carter is a Black man who was shot three times by Richmond Police during a traffic stop on New Years Eve of 2020. He survived the shooting and was charged with two felonies for eluding officers and for possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon. Last week, Carter entered a guilty plea to those charges and accepted a deal to avoid jail time. However, Carter’s family says they’re not finished seeking justice for his assault. According to his mother, Jennifer Carter, they plan to take legal action against the Richmond Police Department and the officers involved.

  • Yesterday, officials with Virginia’s court system asked a federal judge in Richmond to dismiss a lawsuit over the state’s limited public access to court records. Whittney Evans reports

  • The incoming Lieutenant Governor visited Fort Monroe on Monday to meet with community stakeholders. The purpose was to talk about the future of the property at a time of transition. Paul Bibeau from partner station WHRO reports.

  • One day before the General Assembly is set to convene, Norfolk voters will pick a new delegate. A special election is being held in the 89th House District today. Jay Jones announced last month that he was expecting the birth of his child and would be stepping down. Republicans have nominated 39-year-old Giovanni Dolmo, a Navy veteran and pastor. Another Navy vet, activist and civic league leader Jackie Glass, is the Democratic nominee. The 89th District is a Democratic stronghold, according to partner station WHRO. Democrats have held the seat for nearly 40 years. 

  • Governor Ralph Northam says he will soon return to his medical practice in Norfolk.  During his final days in office, Northam has been reflecting on his time as governor.  VPM State Politics Reporter Ben Paviour sat down with him last week. The interview was edited down for clarity.