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VPM Daily Newscast: March 9, 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 March 9, 2023:  

Richmond rallies behind John Marshall, No. 1 HS basketball team
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

George Branch, who lives near the school and has been following the team for a dozen years, watched a recent game from his perch in the stands. He said that this year’s team is especially gifted — “about the best team we ever had.”

Branch doesn’t have students who attend the school, but said he goes to every game.

“This team has really brought the community together,” Branch said. “And the city of Richmond together.”

Regional homelessness count hits new outdoors record
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil

Twice a year, homelessness service providers conduct a “Point in Time” count of those experiencing homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development includes those staying in shelters, hotels paid for by government or nonprofit agencies and individuals staying outdoors or in a place not meant for human habitation.

Homelessness service providers recorded 690 people experiencing homelessness on the nights of Jan. 25 and 26. That is down 1% from last year, but the number of people staying in unsheltered conditions, such as cars, tents, or on the street, more than doubled — from 85 people in January 2022 to 188 people in January 2023.

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