VPM Daily Newscast

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

Daily News
11/18/21 - Fort Lee completes resettlement of A...
The last Afghan refugees staying on Fort Lee have been resettled; So far this year, there’ve been a total of 12 infant deaths in Richmond, compared to just five in 2020; Republican State Senator Amanda Chase is making a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives; and other local news stories.
3 min
11/17/21 - Troopers must answer questions in Xz...
A judge has ordered the Virginia State Police troopers who fatally shot Xzavier Hill to answer most of the questions his mother submitted to the court about the night he died; Attorneys representing the nine Charlottesville residents who sued Unite the Right rally organizers have rested their case; The City of Charlottesville officially has a new comprehensive plan; and other local news stories.
5 min
11/16/21 - State board certifies results in 202...
The State Board of Elections finished certifying Virginia’s 2021 results yesterday; Democrats and Republicans in Virginia's House of Delegates elected their caucus leaders over the weekend; In Prince George County, R.W. Vargo won the race for sheriff by six votes; and other local news stories.
6 min
VPM Daily Newscast Special Edition - Dreams Def...
A look at a Michigan program that's helping students get back on track.
7 min
11/12/21 - Youngkin calls on former governors f...
Virginia's Governor-elect, Republican Glenn Youngkin, will be getting help from four former governors, including one Democrat, as he prepares to take on that job; The Urban One casino project could be getting a second chance in Petersburg; The amphitheater at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond was packed yesterday, as people gathered to honor the commonwealth’s veterans and service members; and other local news stories.
9 min
VPM Daily Newscast Special Edition - Dreams Def...
A look at how VCU policies affect student debt.
7 min
11/11/21 - How activist Princess Blanding got a...
In the week leading up to Election Day, a mysterious group sent out mailers promoting third-party candidate Princess Blanding for governor and attacking Democrat Terry McAuliffe; Negotiations between Diversity Richmond employees and administrators continued last night; The Hanover County School Board narrowly rejected a proposed policy change around transgender bathroom access this week; and other local news stories.
5 min
VPM Daily Newscast Special Edition - Dreams Def...
How state policies create and perpetuate problems with direct-to-school debt.
7 min
11/10/21 - Mayor Levar Stoney and Richmond Scho...
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is asking City Council to use funds from the Capital Improvement Plan to get designs for George Wythe High School nailed down; A new job training program for veterans and their spouses is coming to Hampton Roads; The former Charlottesville Police Chief says her termination was unjust and is demanding $3 million dollars from the city; and other local news stories.
3 min
VPM Daily Newscast Special Edition - Dreams Def...
Direct-to-school debt.
7 min
11/09/21 - Democratic Senators raise concerns o...
A group of Democratic Virginia Senators shared a list of complaints with the state Supreme Court yesterday. They’re concerned with Republican nominees for Special Master, who will eventually help the court draw new legislative maps; The Virginia Employment Commission has made headway in clearing a backlog of disputed unemployment claims; The fate of two proposed constitutional amendments are unclear after Republicans seemed to win control of the House of Delegates last week; new testimony in the Unite the Right trial in Charlottesville; and other local news stories.
6 min
11/05/21 - Youngkin tours Executive Mansion
Virginia’s governor-elect, Republican Glenn Youngkin, toured the executive mansion and met with its current inhabitant, Democrat Ralph Northam yesterday; Incoming Attorney General Jason Miyares says his office will focus more on addressing crime; One of the country’s most prominent white nationalist leaders took the stand yesterday in the trial against organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally; and other local news stories.
8 min
11/04/21 - Virginia Republicans make big gains ...
Glenn Youngkin will be Virginia’s first GOP Governor since Bob McDonnell left office in 2014, which means he’ll also be the first Republican since then to appoint top state government officials; Attorneys for the nine people who are suing the organizers of the deadly Unite the Right rally brought their first expert to the stand yesterday; Virginia began its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for children 5 to 11-years-old; and other local news stories.
4 min
11/03/2021 - Virginia Election Night Recap
Projected results for the governor's race, hiccups at polling places and updates on Richmond's casino referendum, and many other stories
6 min
11/02/21 - Election results may not be known fo...
Registrars are already counting early votes in the hopes of reducing delays in election results. Even so, we won’t know the official results of any races on Election Night; In a last push before Election Day, civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton visited Richmond to speak in support of a voter referendum to build a casino; Twenty barbers stationed at Fort Lee have won the right to keep 53 percent of their earnings after being on strike since July; and other local news stories.
4 min
10/29/21 - Unite the Right trial begins in Char...
Opening arguments began yesterday in the civil trial against the white nationalists who organized the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville; Dominion Energy is becoming a talking point in the Virginia governor’s race; Richmond voters will decide on their ballots whether to allow a casino to open in the city’s Southside neighborhood; and other local news stories.
6 min
10/28/21 - Opening arguments begin today in Uni...
A jury of 12 has been seated in the trial against white nationalist groups who planned the Unite the Right rally; With Election Day less than a week away, Virginia localities are required to start processing early votes in the hopes of reducing post-election delays; Virginia Senator Mark Warner is continuing to monitor ongoing mail delivery issues with the U.S. Postal service; and other local news stories.
4 min
10/27/21 - Public housing residents say Richmon...
Data from the Richmond Police Department shows that from 2020 to 2021 there were 605 reported crimes in the city’s six largest public housing neighborhoods. Residents and advocates say these neighborhoods are over-policed; Teachers in Chesterfield who wish to take training courses will have to sign a form promising the sessions do not include critical race theory; Next month, Richmond city officials say a temporary shelter is expected to open that will house people experiencing homelessness this winter; and other local news stories.
8 min
10/26/21 - Vaccination and masking views may in...
Jury selection is underway in a trial against white nationalists who planned the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville; The Virginia Redistricting Commission has missed a final deadline to draw new state legislative maps, kicking the process to the Virginia Supreme Court; Hampton Roads’ stake in offshore wind just got a lot bigger; and other local news stories.
5 min
10/22/21 - Arthur Ashe Jr mural defaced with wh...
Richmond Police are trying to identify who defaced a mural of tennis player Arthur Ashe Jr. in Battery Park with white supremacist imagery; The Supreme Court of Virginia won’t reconsider its decision to allow Governor Ralph Northam to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond; President Joe Biden will be campaigning with gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe; and other local news stories.
5 min
10/21/21 - Redistricting Commission cancels rem...
The Virginia Redistricting Commission has tentatively cancelled its remaining meetings; Henrico Police are increasing patrols in parts of the county, after finding suspicious bags filled with KKK flyers; Petersburg will not be mandating its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19; and other local news stories.
4 min
10/20/21 - Only two Central Virginia school dis...
Only two public school districts in Central Virginia have fully adopted policies in line with the Virginia Department of Education’s model for the treatment of transgender students in schools; While Virginia is starting to see a slight decline in COVID-19 infections, children now account for more than 20 percent of new cases; More veterans in Virginia will have to wait to get approval for their disability claims; and other local news stories.
8 min
10/19/21 - JLARC releases report after state gu...
JLARC has released its report after investigating the state's adult guardianship program; A national Republican group helped draft a congressional map considered by Virginia’s redistricting committee; Nearly 30 real estate companies in the greater Richmond area are being prosecuted for alleged housing discrimination; and other local news stories.
6 min
10/15/21 - Derailed redistricting commission be...
Derailed redistricting commission begins work on congressional maps; New addition to state's vaccination dashboard; and many other stories.
6 min
10/14/2021 New analysis shows underfunding leav...
A new analysis shows underfunding leaves many students, who are English language learners, behind; Henrico County GreenCity project approved; and other local news stories.
4 min
10/13/21 - Racial disparities show up in Virgin...
Racial disparities revealed in distribution of COVID relief grants, President Obama to stump for McAuliffe, Candidate for House of Delegates arrested
4 min
10/12/21 - Redistricting process mired in parti...
Redistricting process mired in partisan fighting, voter registration deadline nearing, attorney general candidates spar over prosecution priorities, Richmond recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day, a new mutual aid 'store' opens, and more
8 min
10/08/21 - Advocates are calling on the next go...
As Virginia prepares to choose its next Governor, activists are calling for better environmental justice protections; Residents in Richmond’s Northside neighborhood are taking their grievances over traffic calming measures to the next level; Colonial Williamsburg archaeologists have made an exciting discovery at the site of the original First Baptist Church; and other local news stories.
5 min
10/07/21 - Amanda Chase is stumping for Youngki...
Chesterfield state Senator Amanda Chase is calling for an election audit in all 50 states, including Virginia; Senator Tim Kaine is among those sponsoring new voting rights legislation in Congress; State officials say they have not decided when to take down the fence around the traffic circle where the Robert E. Lee statue once stood; and other local news stories.
5 min
10/06/21 - Vaccine gap threatens vulnerable com...
Richmonders living in areas of high poverty are more likely to have had COVID-19 than those living in wealthier areas; The state denied hospitals’ requests for emergency waivers as COVID surged this summer, according to internal emails; The Richmond school board decided this week to keep police in schools for the foreseeable future; and other local news stories.
5 min
10/05/21 - Overwhelmed nurses beg Virginians to...
Hospitals across the country, and in Virginia, are facing an influx of COVID-positive patients, the majority of whom are unvaccinated; Hundreds of Virginia healthcare workers have been suspended or fired for not following hospital COVID-19 vaccination mandates; Virginia’s new redistricting commission is hearing feedback this week on new political maps for the General Assembly; and other local news stories.
4 min
10/01/21 - State Supreme Court upholds ban on u...
The Supreme Court of Virginia has refused an appeal from the company Virginia Uranium, to overturn the state’s ban on uranium mining; Residents of Richmond’s Northside neighborhood are upset about the removal of several traffic calming measures known as “bump outs"; Virginia State University sports fans will have to prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending games; and other local news stories.
4 min
09/30/21 - COVID-19 cases are filling Southwest...
The State Water Control Board held two in-person public comment hearings on a key Mountain Valley Pipeline permit this week, but an open letter to state officials called for an additional virtual hearing; The property owners who sued to stop Governor Ralph Northam from taking down Richmond’s statue of Robert E. Lee are asking the Virginia Supreme Court to reconsider its unanimous decision to permit the monument’s removal; Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts will celebrate the life of former dean Murry N. DePillars today, through the official unveiling of a building name after him; and other local news stories.
7 min
09/29/21 - Dominion Energy paid journalist over...
New state filings by Dominion Energy show the utility company paid a newspaper columnist more than $260,000 over the last four years; The Virginia Employment Commission is delaying the roll out of its new unemployment insurance system by a month; The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce hosted the final gubernatorial debate last night between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin; and other local news stories.
5 min
09/28/21 - Richmond Police seeking help in miss...
Richmond Police are still searching for leads in a number of missing persons cases; The opening of a museum marks the beginning of a community's journey to repair the broken perspective of Black history in the Appalachian region of Virginia; Two more polling locations are opening today in the City of Richmond; and other local news stories.
5 min
09/24/21 - Activists' Black liberation symbols ...
The night before the Robert E. Lee statue was removed from Richmond’s Monument Avenue; all traces of the movement that led to it being taken down were confiscated and stored by state officials.; Petersburg has banned firearms in the city’s public areas; Virginia’s Redistricting Commission again struggled with directing its map drawers on which data to prioritize; and other local news stories.
4 min
09/23/21 - Herring says he’s fighting for abort...
Attorney General Mark Herring is highlighting his efforts to defend abortion rights ahead of the November Election; A new monument now stands on Brown’s Island in Richmond. It commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; Despite Governor Ralph Northam’s request that state employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, many workers are opting for weekly testing instead; and other local news stories.
6 min
09/22/21 - Commission unveils Emancipation and ...
Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission will unveil the Emancipation and Freedom Monument on Brown’s Island in Richmond this morning; Passengers who rely on the GRTC may have to make some adjustments this winter; The mother of Xzavier Hill, a Black teen shot and killed by Virginia State Police during a traffic stop, is petitioning the Richmond Circuit Court to solicit testimony from the troopers; and other local news stories.
5 min
09/21/21 - Police investigating school shooting...
Police are investigating a shooting that happened Monday at Heritage High School in Newport News; Two groups of partisan map-drawers have presented new drafts for the Virginia Redistricting Commission to consider; A real estate listing for a building that used to host slave auctions has stirred up debate in Charlottesville; and other local news stories.
6 min
09/17/21 - Nurse Shortage Limits Testing Option...
A shortage of nurses is limiting options for COVID-19 testing in Chesterfield County schools; The commission drawing Virginia’s new General Assembly and congressional maps voted unanimously this week that it won’t be guided by political data or where incumbents live; Nearly three-quarters of Virginia voters view the health of the Chesapeake Bay as important according to a new poll; and other local news stories.
4 min
09/16/21 - McAuliffe and Youngkin to Meet In De...
Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the 2021 campaign is tonight at 7 o’clock at Appalachian School of Law, but one candidate won't be on the stage; Striking workers at a Nabisco plant in Richmond may be able to go back to work soon; A Culpeper County couple is suing an electric company for trying to install internet cable lines along their property without their consent; and other local news stories.
5 min
09/15/21 - Richmond Civilian Review Board Task ...
A task force to establish a civilian review board on police misconduct in Richmond presented their recommendations to City Council Monday afternoon; An investigation into the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline; Virginia’s redistricting commission is shifting its region by region approach to focus on statewide maps; and other local news stories.
5 min
09/14/21 - Governor Northam Signs Sweeping Voti...
Governor Ralph Northam signed a sweeping voting rights act yesterday in Newport News; The race for the Governor’s office is heating up in Virginia, with attack ads coming from both major-party candidates; Families across Virginia qualify for a new monthly payment from the federal government, but thousands are at risk of not getting the child tax credit; and other local news stories.
4 min
09/10/21 - Crews Search for the Lee Monument Ti...
Excavation crews worked through the day on Thursday searching for an over 130-year-old time capsule believed to be under the pedestal that, until yesterday, held a statue of Robert E. Lee; A vacancy on the state redistricting commission has been filled; Quarantined students in Chesterfield face challenges in getting academic help; and other local news stories.
5 min
09/09/21 - Richmonders React To Lee Monument Re...
Hundreds of people watched as the last Confederate General on Monument Ave. was taken down from its pedestal yesterday; The Chesterfield County branch of the NAACP is asking Chesterfield County Schools to immediately take steps to ensure students’ safety as the number of positive cases of Covid-19 continue to rise; and The Virginia Department of Health is adding 170 additional community testing events during September.
3 min
09/08/21 - A New Time Capsule Is Installed As L...
The pedestal of the Lee Monument contains a 134-year-old time capsule. On Tuesday, state officials sealed a new capsule filled with dozens of items that they say will replace it; People planning to watch the Robert E. Lee Monument come down today may have to rely on streaming options; A task force is recommending Virginia's largest city give its police review board subpoena power and increase the number of members to better reflect city demographics; and other local news stories.
8 min
09/07/21 - Robert E. Lee Monument to be Removed...
Several roads in Richmond are being closed in preparation for the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument, as questions remain about what will replace it; Amazon expands operations in Hampton Roads, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation is calling on homeowners to get flood coverage this hurricane season.
3 min
09/03/21 - Lee Statue Removal Approved by VA Su...
Local leaders are responding to yesterday’s state Supreme Court decision allowing the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond to be taken down; Activists at last summer’s racial justice protests called for the removal of Richmond’s confederate monuments. Chelsea Higgs Wise, of Marijuana Justice, and Kalia Harris, of the Virginia Student Power Network, shared voice memos with VPM on the Robert E. Lee memorial’s imminent removal, and the demands they still have; This week, Richmond Superintendent Jason Kamras hit a school board mandated goal to submit a request for proposals for the design of George Wythe High School; and other local news stories.
5 min
09/02/21 - With Legal Weed Hard to Buy in Virgi...
If you want to legally buy marijuana in Virginia, medical dispensaries are your only option, but a product called Delta-8 has many of the same effects and it’s flying off the shelves at local stores; While Virginia once again won the title as the top state for business by CNBC this year, the commonwealth still has room to grow as a place for workers according to Oxfam’s new rankings; In the same week that Chesterfield County Public Schools announced pay raises for its school bus drivers, Henrico schools announced a similar hourly rate increase; and other local news stories.
4 min
09/01/21 - Advocates for ‘Martinsville 7’ Celeb...
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has granted a posthumous pardon to seven Black men executed in 1951; Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner signed onto a letter, urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide more mental health resources to military members who served in Afghanistan; Richmond Public School teachers are getting ready for another stressful year. To help them prepare, a local nonprofit is offering free mindfulness meditation sessions; and other local news stories.
5 min
08/31/21 - Youngkin and McAuliffe’s Plans Hinge...
The families of seven Black men who were executed in 1951 are scheduled to meet with Governor Ralph Northam today to discuss a posthumous pardon; Republican Glenn Youngkin proposed a series of tax cuts in a campaign announcement yesterday. He says the plans won’t cause any cuts in state services if he’s elected governor, but it’s not clear how he will pay for it; Chesterfield County Public Schools announced yesterday that new and existing bus drivers will see an increase in pay and incentives; and other local news stories.
6 min
08/27/21 - Amidst Uncertainty Abroad, Virginia ...
Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine say they are closely monitoring the situation in Kabul; While evacuation efforts continue to evolve, state officials say Virginia is prepared to support more Afghans leaving their home country; The American Civil Liberties Union announced yesterday that the Gloucester County School Board has agreed to pay over $1 million in attorney’s fees and costs to resolve former student Gavin Grimm’s case; and other local news stories.
4 min
08/26/21 - Crowded School Buses, Long Drop-Off ...
With a shortage of school bus drivers in Chesterfield County and long lines of cars queuing up to drop off students, many parents are considering alternative ways to get their kids to school; The Virginia Department of Health is reinstating information on COVID-19 outbreaks in their online dashboards; Prison reform advocates want the public to rethink what we call people who are incarcerated; and other local news stories.
5 min
08/25/21 - Behind Virginia’s COVID-19 Guideline...
While the CDC is recommending quarantines for unvaccinated teachers who come in close contact with COVID-positive students in the classroom, there’s an exception for children who are fully masked. These guidelines have formed the basis for Virginia’s school reopening plans; As the delta variant leads to a surge of COVID-19 cases in Virginia, health officials also report a higher number of infections among children; Mayor Stoney announced the launch of a “community rooted” crime prevention program; and other local news stories.
5 min
08/24/21 - A Blank Slate and Familiar Face as V...
The Virginia Redistricting Commission is set to begin drawing new political maps next week; Virginia student athletes have new protections from the General Assembly to secure their ability to sell their name, rights and images to brands outside of their college or university; Unvaccinated Virginians developed COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive at a rate 12.5 times higher than their fully vaxxed counterparts this year; and other local news stories.
10 min
08/20/21 - Some Afghans May Settle in Virginia
Thousands of Afghan nationals that have worked for or with the U.S. are trying to secure transport to the states; Two children in Central Virginia have died after contracting COVID-19; This week, the White House announced plans to make COVID-19 booster shots available by the end of next month; and other local news stories.
5 min
08/19/21 - Northam Urges Compliance With Mask M...
Governor Ralph Northam is urging students and parents to comply with his executive order requiring masks in schools; Yesterday was move-in day on the University of Richmond campus where students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated before classes start next week; U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona toured Glen Allen High School in Henrico County yesterday; and other local news stories.
4 min
08/18/21 - In Reversal, VDH Will Release Locati...
Last month, the Virginia Department of Health stopped reporting the specific locations of COVID-19 outbreaks, including the names of school districts and nursing homes, but that decision is being called into question as cases and outbreaks increase; Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam announced yesterday that they anticipate a record number of Virginia children will enroll in pre-K this year; Advocates for Virginia’s new redistricting commission said it would limit the influence of partisanship on the state’s political maps, but in a meeting yesterday, the group took votes that cemented the role parties play in the process; and Mark Warner speaks to VPM's Ben Paviour about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
8 min
08/17/21 - Virginia Redistricting Committee Set...
The Virginia Redistricting Commission will begin drawing new legislative maps in less than two weeks; As the U.S. government scrambles to evacuate allies from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, a Prince George County army garrison serves as temporary housing for many fleeing the country; Tonight, the task force creating a civilian review board to investigate complaints against Richmond police will release a draft of its recommendations; and other local news stories.
4 min
08/13/21 - Northam Mandates Masks Across All Vi...
Governor Ralph Northam is calling on all K through 12 schools in Virginia to require mask wearing by staff and students; The COVID-19 outbreak now impacting the entire fourth grade at Patrick Henry Elementary is the second COVID outbreak in Richmond Public Schools since July. The district’s first outbreak took place at Fisher Elementary’s summer school program; The redistricting process in Virginia can now officially begin, with the release of 2020 Census data; and other local news stories.
6 min
08/12/21 - Chesterfield County Approves Non-Dis...
A new policy making sure transgender students are treated equally in Chesterfield County schools was approved this week; The Hanover County NAACP is calling the local school board’s decision to not require masks for students and staff “totally irresponsible"; State lawmakers selected eight new judges this week to Virginia’s Court of Appeals amid criticism that the process was too secretive; and other local news stories.
8 min
08/11/21 - Special Session Wraps
State lawmakers are heading home after wrapping up a special session yesterday; Hopewell Public Schools is making plans to expand virtual learning in response to over three dozen confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and staff; Governor Ralph Northam is asserting local school districts must adopt mask mandates; and other local news stories.
6 min
08/10/21 - General Assembly Finalizes Budget, A...
Yesterday, the Virginia General Assembly approved the final budget for American Rescue Plan funds; Virginia lawmakers selected eight candidates yesterday to sit on the Virginia Court of Appeals; Richmond Public Schools kicked off a series of trainings for educators yesterday; and other local news stories.
7 min
08/06/21 - Vaccinations Required for State Empl...
State employees in Virginia must get vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 1st under a new directive issued by Gov. Ralph Northam; The Virginia Department of Health announced yesterday the first death of a child in the eastern region of the state due to COVID-19 complications; Democrats will fill eight judicial vacancies on the Virginia Court of Appeals in the coming days; and other local news stories.
5 min
08/05/21 - Virginia Democrats Fund Police - But...
Democrats in Virginia want to set aside federal stimulus funds to give bonuses to law enforcement officers, but Republicans are pressing them to move faster; Virginia DMVs may have to open up their doors to customers without appointments under a proposal passed by the state Senate; Richmond city employees are now required to get the COVID-19 vaccine; and other local news stories.
5 min
08/04/21 - State Lawmakers Seek to Extend Evict...
As eviction filings rise, lawmakers in Virginia are looking at extending state-level programs to keep people in their homes; RRHA has updated its policy about how it bars certain visitors from its housing developments; The Richmond and Henrico Health Departments are hosting walk-up events today so students can get their required physicals and vaccinations; and other local news stories.
4 min
08/03/21 - Lawmakers Return to Richmond for Spe...
Lawmakers returned to Richmond yesterday for a special session of the General Assembly; A new Marcus Alert system is one of the measures being discussed in the special session; US Representative Abigail Spanberger is seeking $1 million in federal funds to help build a detox center in Henrico County; and other local news stories.
4 min
07/30/21 - Governor Northam Announces Health Fu...
Governor Ralph Northam announced funding priorities for behavioral health care this week; Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin proposed using more than half of the estimated budget surplus on a tax rebate for Virginians; A federal eviction ban ends Saturday. It comes as more than 60,000 Virginians say they could lose their homes soon because they’re struggling to make rent; and other local news stories.
9 min
07/29/21 - Virginia Judge Dismisses Challenge t...
A circuit court judge in Lynchburg tossed out a legal challenge to policies designed to protect transgender students on Tuesday; The City of Richmond is asking residents for input on how it should spend $77 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan; Rural Virginians tend to be older than their urban counterparts. The median age in densely populated localities is about a decade younger than in sparsely populated ones, and that gap continues to grow; and other local news stories.
5 min
07/28/21 - GOP Lawmakers Say They’re Shut Out o...
State Republican lawmakers say they’re being excluded from discussions on how the federal money should be spent; For the last month, advocates and lawmakers have visited schools throughout Virginia as part of the Crumbling Schools tour. On Tuesday, the group stopped by Petersburg; Governor Ralph Northam announced plans on Monday to use federal funds to improve school ventilation systems, but experts and advocates say they want more flexibility with how that money is spent; and other local news stories.
6 min
07/27/21 - Hopewell Requires Masking, Social Di...
Yesterday was the first day of school for all K-12 students in Hopewell Public Schools. Hopewell is the first in Virginia to resume classes district-wide for the next school year; Governor Ralph Northam was in Hopewell to take part in the back-to-school activities. He used the opportunity to announce his intention to invest in public school ventilation systems; Education advocates are heading to Petersburg today as part of the Crumbling Schools tour; and other local news stories.
5 min
07/23/21 - Lawsuit Challenges Lack of Medicatio...
A prisoner suing the Virginia Department of Corrections for refusing to allow him to take medication for his opioid dependency is asking a federal appeals court to hear his case. He claims the department’s policy violates the Americans with Disabilities Act; The Virginia State Board for Community Colleges approved changing the name of John Tyler Community College to Brightpoint Community College; As the fall semester approaches, universities in the area are mixed on whether they should require their students to get the COVID-19 vaccine; and other local news stories.
6 min
07/22/21 - New State Guidance Recommends - But ...
The Virginia Department of Health, along with the department of education, released new guidance for preK-12 schools yesterday as students prepare to resume in-person instruction; Virginia Commonwealth University is requiring all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to return to the classroom in the fall; A State Inspector General report released last month found flaws in the state agency overseeing drinking water quality; and other local news stories.
4 min
07/21/21 - RPS Will Design Its Own George Wythe...
The Richmond school board approved a plan Monday to move forward with rebuilding George Wythe High School; The Virginians for Affordable Medicine is a brand new coalition of advocates, patients, and physicians advocating for affordable medications; Virginians have till the end of today to add artifacts to a new time capsule; and other local news stories.
4 min
07/20/21 - John Tyler Community College Conside...
John Tyler Community College could become Brightpoint Community College; The commission tasked with redrawing Virginia’s Congressional districts will hold a public hearing today for Hampton Roads; Federal data show a rise in drug overdose deaths inside prisons and jails across the country in recent years. Virginia falls near the middle of the pack; and other local news stories.
5 min
07/16/21 - Spanberger Already Facing Challenger...
U.S. congressional races are more than a year away, but Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger is already facing a challenge from the right; Virginia ended its fiscal year with $2.6 billion dollars more in tax revenue than it had forecasted; Students, scientists, citizens and more across Virginia took part yesterday in the country’s largest-ever heat mapping project; and other local news stories.
4 min
07/15/21 - Federal Appeals Court Strikes Law Ba...
A federal appeals court in Richmond struck down the federal government’s long-standing ban on selling handguns to people under the age of 21; Virginia Military Institute is implementing changes following an investigation ordered by Governor Ralph Northam into allegations of racism at the university; The Richmond community is expressing frustration about delays in construction of a new George Wythe High School; and other local news stories.
8 min
07/14/21 - Virginia Halts Psychiatric Admission...
Virginia is temporarily halting admissions to five of its eight state-run psychiatric hospitals, including one in Petersburg, because of staffing shortages; Republican Glenn Youngkin still hasn’t released specific policy proposals on most major issues since he announced his campaign for governor; Richmond is considering extending the target date for construction of a new casino by 9 months; and other local news stories.
4 min
07/13/21 - Northam Lays Out Plans For $4 Billio...
Yesterday, Governor Ralph Northam announced his latest plan for how he wants to spend some of the more than $4 billion in federal funds headed to the commonwealth; Virginia school districts are required to adopt policies about harassment-free treatment of transgender students ahead of the upcoming school year; The City of Charlottesville removed four statues over the weekend, including two Confederate statues that became a flashpoint for the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017; and other local news stories..
5 min
07/09/21 - Virginia Gets $80 Million in Deal Wi...
Twenty-four states, including Virginia, reached a resolution in legal fights against the makers of Oxycontin; Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is defending comments he made about abortion in a video taken by a liberal activist; Since pandemic restrictions were lifted, many people are returning to doing things they missed out on last summer, like blueberry picking; and a look at delay in the construction of a new George Wythe High School amid tensions between the City of Richmond and Mayor Levar Stoney.
11 min
07/08/21 - Statue of Former Governor and Segreg...
A statue of former governor and segregationist Harry Byrd, Senior was removed from capitol square in Richmond yesterday; Homicides in Richmond and across the state are rising after hitting a low about a decade ago; The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board met yesterday amid controversy over its lack of public engagement regarding a Mountain Valley Pipeline permit application; and other local news stories.
5 min
07/07/21 - Census Delays Could Lead to Extra El...
Candidates for Virginia’s House of Delegates could face the ballot box three years in a row under a lawsuit filed against Governor Ralph Northam and the Board of Elections last week; Virginia has seen a large increase in Medicaid enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic; The American Lung Association is offering new fact-based guides about COVID-19 in an effort to raise vaccination rates in Virginia; and other local news stories.
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07/06/21 - Eviction Moratorium Doesn't Cover Ex...
While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an eviction moratorium for non-payment of rent through the end of this month, it does not apply to tenants with expired leases who want to stay, but whose landlords want them out; The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board has postponed consideration of a permit for a Mountain Valley Pipeline compressor station in Chatham; President Joe Biden has nominated Virginia’s top trial lawyer to the federal bench; and other local news stories.
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07/02/21 - Rep. Luria to Serve on Jan. 6 Committee
Virginia Representative Elaine Luria was selected as a member of the committee investigating the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol; Senator Mark Warner visited The Diamond today to discuss new legislation to provide financial relief to minor league teams; Federal officials are launching a review of a new wind farm project off Virginia's coast; and other local news stories.
5 min
07/01/21 - New Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect Today
Starting today, Virginians can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana. But advocates fear confusion over the new law could result in Black people being disproportionately targeted by law enforcement; Another new law taking effect today requires Virginia schools to grant all middle and high school students one excused absence a year to participate in a civic event; and Whittney Evans explains the new marijuana and other laws taking effect today.
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06/30/21 - VDOT Completes Cleanup from February...
The Virginia Department of Transportation announced it has completed cleanup efforts following February's ice storm; The city of Richmond held a press conference yesterday to provide a pandemic update; Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are pushing for more financial support to implement the Ashanti Alert system; and other local news stories.
3 min
06/29/21 - Supreme Court Decision Upholds Trans...
The Supreme Court yesterday indicated support of a lower court’s ruling in favor of Gavin Grimm, an advocate for the transgender community who sued his school district for not allowing him to use the boy’s restroom; Governor Ralph Northam signed four bills to make voting easier; Next week, GRTC is holding a public meeting to announce schedule changes coming to some of its routes this fall; and a memorial to the five Capital Gazette Newspaper employees shot by a gunman in 2018 is unveiled in Annapolis.
4 min
6/25/2021 - Andrew Freiden, Meteorologist, on R...
Richmond students on graduating during a "hectic" year; interfaith coalition gathers to denounce antisemitism; Andrew Freiden, Meteorologist, talks about climate change; and more
8 min
6/24/2021 - Civilian Review Board Recommendatio...
Civilian Review Board Recommendations Coming; Unemployment Falls; Lt. Gov Fairfax's Lawsuit Dismissed; On Its 50th Anniversary, Virginia's Constitution Faces New Tests, and more
5 min
6/23/2021 -Virginia Replacing 134-Year-Old Time...
Virginia Replacing 134-Year-Old Time Capsule With Confederate Memorabilia; Pro-Trump Politician Fights to Stay on Ballot After Paperwork Problems; and more
6 min
6/22/2021 - Planning Commission Doesn't Endorse...
City Plan endorsed a plan to remove a statue to Confederate A.P. Hill, but passed on proposals to remove pedestals which once held Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart and other Confederates to City Council without an endorsement;
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06/18/21 - VCU Health Seeks to Address Racial D...
As of today, Juneteenth is a national holiday celebrating the emancipation of African Americans. It also happens to be World Sickle Cell Awareness Day; Virginia children are less likely to meet school immunization requirements this year due to limited access to health services during the pandemic; Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney released a request for design proposals yesterday in a last-ditch effort to begin work on George Wythe High School as soon as possible; and other local news stories.
8 min
06/17/21 - As Commonwealth Begins Environmental...
The nonprofit Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative released a map this week detailing the environmental vulnerability of state residents; Chesterfield teenagers have the opportunity to get vaccinated today; and Ian Stewart speaks with Michael Paul Williams from the Richmond Times Dispatch about his Pulitzer Prize for Journalism.
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06/16/21 - Claims of Critical Race Theory in Vi...
Critical Race Theory has been used for decades to examine systemic racism. Politicians claim the theory is being taught in schools, but that’s really not the case; Virginia Senator Mark Warner says last week’s passage of the United States Innovation and Competition Act is intended to address current supply chain issues; Riding on GRTC will continue to be free for another year; and other local news stories.
4 min
06/15/21 - Putting Virginia’s Prison COVID Case...
After more than a year of battling the spread of COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Corrections is reporting zero active coronavirus cases in state prisons; Virginia Senator Mark Warner is part of a bipartisan coalition that has put together an alternative to President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal; Tonight, Chesterfield residents will have the chance to comment on what the county should do with over $68 million in federal money; and other local news stories.
4 min
06/11/21 - Chesterfield Supporting LGBTQ+ Stude...
At their meeting last week, the Chesterfield School Board approved a resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ+ month; Governor Ralph Northam signed into law a new reform to Virginia’s probation system; Virginia will receive over $15 million in federal funding to help residents obtain affordable housing; and other local news stories.
4 min
06/10/21 - Virginia Primary Turnout Dips, But S...
About 8 percent of registered voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary, down about two points from 2017’s record; The primary race for Richmond’s top prosecutor was a sweeping victory for incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin; The F-B-I says it believes the gunman in the 20-19 Virginia Beach mass shooting “was motivated by perceived workplace grievances."; and other local news stories.
4 min
06/06/21 - Return of the Mac: Terry McAuliffe W...
Democrats in Virginia have selected Terry McAuliffe as their nominee for governor; The Virginia Supreme Court heard challenges yesterday to the state’s plan to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond; Virginia has seen an overall decrease in violent crimes compared to 2019; and other local news stories.
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06/08/21 - On Eve of Primary, Rivals Seek to Ch...
Five Democrats running for Virginia governor are making their final pitch to voters ahead of today’s primary; The Supreme Court of Virginia is slated to hear oral arguments today in the fight over taking down the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee; The City of Richmond is holding a mass vaccination event this week that will also serve as a community job fair; and other local news stories.
3 min
06/04/21 - Spanberger Calls For Oversight Of Ph...
Virginia Representative Abigail Spanberger is reintroducing a bill to increase transparency in prescription drug transactions; VCU has expelled Delta Chi fraternity for violations that allegedly led to the death of a student; Tomorrow is the last day to vote early in-person before the June Primary; and other local news stories.
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