VPM Daily Newscast VPM's daily newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Hosted by Benjamin Dolle, episodes are recorded the night before so you can wake up prepared.
VPM Daily Newscast

VPM Daily Newscast

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VPM's daily newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Hosted by Benjamin Dolle, episodes are recorded the night before so you can wake up prepared.

Most Recent Episodes

07/10/20 - Governor Northam Faces Pressue Over Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Cases

Governor Ralph Northam is facing mounting pressure from advocates and lawmakers to do more to address the disproportionate impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the state's Latino residents. A new report shows the state's budget shortfall isn't as bad as feared. Governor Northam held a ceremony to sign the new gun control bills that went into effect this month. A judge issued an injunction against any further monument removals by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Protestors speak out against resuming eviction proceedings. A look at the legacy of Dr. Oliver Hill, Jr, who passed away this week. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing newspapers to furlough and lay off staff and reporters.

07/10/20 - Governor Northam Faces Pressue Over Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Cases

07/09/20 - Virginia Eliminates Rape Kit Backlog

Virginia completed testing of over 3000 rape test kits, becoming the seventh state to clear its backlog. Virginia law now requires rape kits from every reported sexual assault to be tested within 60 days. The Soldiers and Sailors monument on Libby Hill was removed yesterday, as neighbors watched. Chesterfield County has kicked off a month of COVID-19 testing events. Several Veterans Services offices have reopened as Virginia continues to move through Phase Three. Republican lawmakers are urging Governor Northam to fully reopen schools in the fall, calling current guidelines "too confusing." The Executive Director of the Richmond Symphony will step down on August 31st. As Confederate monuments come down around Richmond, a new conversation is happening about what should happen to the spaces where they stood. Correction: A piece in this episode incorrectly states "six feet" of social distancing for children in school. Instead, the guideline is three feet for children wearing face coverings.

07/08/20 - Board of Elections Grants Filing Extensions

Delegate Nick Freitas was one of eight candidates who got an extension from the state Board of Elections after missing the filing deadline. The city of Richmond removed the statue of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart from Monument Avenue as residents watched and city council prepares to formally vote to permanently remove the monuments. Evictions resumed in Virginia despite a still-valid moratorium under the CARES Act, and Petersburg gets seven new wifi-equipped buses.

07/07/20 - Atlantic Coast Pipeline Scrapped

After numerous legal and logistical setbacks, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy have cancelled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Yesterday was the deadline for Virginia colleges to submit their plans for reopening to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. A new law allowing local governments to restrict guns have gone into effect, and Richmond has banned firearms from city-owned buildings. Former Governor Doug Wilder has encouraged the Library of Virginia to finish making his records public. Some released felons can now qualify for assistance programs. Ben Paviour looks into the new laws going into effect and how Republican lawmakers are reacting to a changing South.

07/03/20 - Police Corruption Investigated

Former interim Chief Blackwell is now the chief of staff - but there was a federal investigation into the confidential informants department he oversaw. Mayor Stoney continues removing Confederate monuments from the city. Advocates are calling for marijuana - which was just decriminalized - to be legalized. Bike sales are up during the pandemic. A gun rights group is suing the state to prevent new gun regulations enacted by the Democratic majority. A federal report found Virginia isn't providing adequate oversight on special education.

07/02/20 - Stonewall Jackson Removed From Monument Avenue

Claiming authority under the state of emergency in Richmond, Mayor Levar Stoney had the Stonewall Jackson statue on Monument Avenue taken down on Wednesday, as residents gathered and reacted to the removal. Governor Ralph Northam walked back some reopening guidelines for restaurants and bars after seeing an increase in cases of COVID-19 in states like Florida and Texas. The race for Governor of Virginia is beginning to heat up as former Governor Terry McAuliffe seems poised to announce his candidacy. Mayor Stoney is promising transparency and accountability in the Richmond police department with new chief Gerald Smith.

07/01/20 - New State Laws Go Into Effect Today

New laws, from guns to elections to decriminalization of marijuana, take effect across the state today, as most of Virginia also enters Phase Three of reopening amid concerns about COVID-19. A Richmond Circuit Court judge denied an ACLU request for a temporary restraining order to prevent Richmond police from using tear gas against protestors, while dozens of faith leaders met at the Robert E. Lee monument to call for an end to the use of rubber bullets and pepper spray. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger introduced legislation to encourage farmers to engage in trading carbon credits, and the GRTC will provide free fare through this time next year under a newly-approved budget.

06/30/20 - Governor Northam Launches Statewide Rent Relief Program

Governor Ralph Northam has introduced a new statewide initiative to provide rent and mortgage relief to Virginians who have lost income during the pandemic, researchers at UVA may have developed a blood test that can predict a patient's chance of having a severe reaction to a COVID-19 infection, calls for the removal of the statue of A.P. Hill may be impeded by the fact that the Confederate Lieutenant General is actually buried at the monument, Chesterfield is holding a series of virtual public meetings to discuss plans for reopening schools in the fall, and a memoriam for Bill Royall, Jr., a longtime patron of the arts in Richmond.

06/26/20 - The Removal of Confederate Monuments

The process for removing confederate monuments will take at least 60 days, and Richmond city council intends to start the process as soon as the new law goes into effect on July 1st. The state Supreme Court has lifted the freeze on evictions, although Governor Ralph Northam is allowing the freeze to remain in effect for certain parts of the state. Virginia may become one of the first states to fine employers who disregard safety rules around COVID-19 even as the state begins Phase Three of reopening. The VMFA fired 30 employees in advance of reopening to the public next week, and a look behind the scenes of the Commonwealth Times, VCU's student newspaper.

06/25/20 - Chesterfield Schools Plan Reopening

Chesterfield County met to discuss six proposals about how to safely reopen schools in the fall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, VLBC issued recommendations to address racism and reduce police violence, new rules were adopted for residents who rent their homes on sites like AirBnB, and sports tourism returns to Virginia.

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