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Here is a recap of the main stories from the morning of Wednesday July 20, 2022

Youngkin and GOP board majorities could reshape education, environment and elections
Reported by Ben Paviour of VPM News

Six months into his term, Governor Glenn Youngkin’s appointments to major state boards have given him the regulatory power to impact those policies anyway. His picks could eventually give the Republican lasting influence on issues ranging from abortion to elections — even if the GOP never wins full control of the legislature.

Seaside businesses are still having a good season, despite fewer festivals
Reported by Paul Bibeau and Ryan Murphy of WHRO News

Virginia Beach will spend a record $750,000 on the East Coast Surfing Championship this summer. It’s an attempt to attract more people, after the city lost several major festivals and events last year. While summer concerts and festivals increase the number of customers they receive, local businesses say normal tourist traffic has been strong and business has been good overall this summer.

Local health officials urge residents to take precautions in the heat
Reported by VPM News Intern Davis Alcorn

So far this year, the Virginia Department of Health reports that more than 1,500 people have visited emergency departments or urgent care centers with heat-related illnesses. If someone’s body temperature is over 100 degrees and they’re feeling faint, Richmond and Henrico health district officials say it’s time to see a doctor.

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