VPM Daily Newscast: March 17, 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 March 17, 2023:
Youngkin administration says hemp bill accomplishes governor’s goals
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour
A slew of health and public safety groups back the legislation, though members of the hemp industry said there would be an effect far beyond intoxicating products.
The legislation — which passed with broad bipartisan support in Virginia’s House and more narrowly in the state Senate — caps the total amount of intoxicating THC in products to 2 milligrams per package. That restriction would effectively take products like delta-8 and delta-10 off shelves in head shops and gas stations.
Family discusses Otieno’s death after watching video of incident
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans
A total of 10 people, including seven Sheriff’s deputies and three Central State Hospital employees, are facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Irvo Otieno last week.
Otieno’s family joined their attorneys Thursday to watch video footage of the incident shortly before addressing the media outside the Dinwiddie County Courthouse.
In other news:
- In Virginia, school boards will be the primary deciders on AP African American studies (Virginia Mercury)
- University of Richmond gets second largest gift in school history (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
In case you missed it:
- Midlothian eatery named 'Best Locally Owned Restaurant in Virginia' by Southern Living Magazine (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- Va. church where George Washington prayed honors its enslaved builders (The Washington Post)
- The ‘crazy FOIA lady’ used state law to dislodge public records (Cardinal News)