VPM Daily Newscast: Feb. 23, 2023
The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.
Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Feb. 23, 2023:
RPS says no insurance money taken off the table for Fox elementary
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly
Officials from Richmond Public Schools gave a brief update Wednesday morning about the rebuild of William Fox Elementary School, before allowing reporters to tour the charred structure. The shoring, stabilization, demolition and cleaning work are “100% complete,” and a spokesperson said “substantial” mold growth has been removed.
Questions remain around exactly how the repair will be financed, and school officials said they expect the district to receive an insurance payout estimate in March.
Richmond City Council eyes acquisition of historic Black cemeteries
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil
City Council put off considering an effort to have the city acquire two historic Black cemeteries during a subcommittee meeting Wednesday. East End Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery, which date back to the turn of the 20th century, were caught up in the apparent collapse of the Enrichmond Foundation last summer.
In other news:
- Richmond Schools Chief of Staff resigns, blames 'mean-spirited,' 'toxic' school board (WTVR)
- COVID relief funding has ended and now the rural town of Scottsville has to cut its budget by 25% (Charlottesville Tomorrow)
In case you missed it:
- An activist group is spreading misinformation to stop solar projects in rural America (NPR)
- The Richmond Bartenders’ Guild serves up education and camaraderie (Richmond magazine)
- China fuels debate in Richmond after Youngkin slams door on battery plant (The Washington Post)