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VPM Daily Newscast: March 15, 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 15, 2023:   

City’s budget plan calls for major capital improvements spending
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil

Richmond is considering a budget that would increase the amount for capital investments by 18%, Chief Administrative Officer Lincoln Saunders outlined in remarks to City Council on Monday.

The capital improvement plan spans five years and accounts for longer-term projects with lifespans typically more than 20 years. Last year’s five-year CIP amounted to $627 million, while this year’s is $739.5 million.

PolitiFact VA: Despite heated debate, little change in antisemitism protections
Reported by VPM News’ Warren Fiske

Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to pass a package of bills cracking down on antisemitism in Virginia produced plenty of debate in the General Assembly this winter but only modest changes to state laws.

Three bills were introduced based on recommendations of the Commission to Combat Antisemitism. And two passed: a measure that will provide a nonbinding definition of antisemitism and a resolution that will establish May as Jewish American Heritage Month.

Supporters say the measures will improve understanding of Jewish ethnicity and education on antisemitic acts.

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