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VPM Daily Newscast: April 7, 2023

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VPM Daily Newscast

The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of April 7, 2023:   

Latest General Assembly retirement contributes to generational change
Reported by VPM News’ Dave Cantor

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R–Augusta) said Thursday that he would not seek reelection this fall — namely because he doesn’t live within the new bounds of his district.

“While I currently represent, or have represented in the past, at least half of the new Senate District 3, I do not live within those boundaries,” he wrote in a statement posted to social media. “Where I have lived all of my life, went to school, college, commanded a National Guard Infantry Company, my Church, my Ruritan Club, my business, where 6 of my 16 grandchildren live; in essence ‘my community’, are all in Senate District 2.”

Spring breaking at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Reported by VPM News’ Shaban Athuman

The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is celebrating spring with A Million Blooms until June 1. Daffodils, tulips and bluebells are currently blooming.

Layla Knight, 1, arrived at the garden dressed in pink from head to toe with her mother, Lorna, and grandmother Sunisa Polishuk. Lorna’s leash made sure that Layla didn’t wander off as she played with the blooming tulips.

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