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VPM Daily Newscast: Feb. 21, 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 Feb. 21, 2023:  

General Assembly votes to compensate man wrongly imprisoned for 23 years
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans

Michael Haas has adapted to many uncomfortable changes during the last five years, like smartphones, modern dating and high prices.

The Virginia Court of Appeals ruled last year that Haas, who was found guilty in 1994 of sexually abusing his children, is innocent. On Friday, the General Assembly approved legislation to pay him $1.5 million for his wrongful incarceration, which lasted 23 years. That measure now heads to Gov. Glenn Youngkin's desk.

Democrats look to close U.S. House gap in Benjamin vs. McClellan matchup

Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

Voters in Richmond and Southside Virginia are heading to the polls Tuesday to select a new congressional representative in a race that could narrow Republicans’ control of the U.S. House of Representatives to only nine seats.

State Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D–Richmond) is the heavy favorite against the Rev. Leon Benjamin Sr. in Virginia’s blue-leaning 4th Congressional District. The late Rep. Donald McEachin previously defeated Benjamin twice before by a margin of more than 20%. If McClellan wins, she’d be the first Black woman to represent Virginia in Congress.

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