VPM Daily Newscast: March 29, 2023
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 29, 2023:
Richmond official reports lower poverty rate to City Council
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil
Poverty in Richmond has decreased in most major demographic sectors over the past decade, according to an annual report by the city’s Office of Community Wealth Building.
The downward trend comes as the city’s economy grows and migration has altered its socioeconomic makeup.
Henrico NAACP questions Marcus Alert data after Irvo Otieno’s death
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen
The Henrico County NAACP is raising concerns about the county’s investment in mental and behavioral health care following the death of 28-year-old Irvo Otieno at Central State Hospital. Otieno, who lived in Henrico, died March 6 after he was transported to the Dinwiddie County facility.
Video footage shows Henrico sheriff’s deputies pinning Otieno to the floor for nearly 11 minutes. Ten people — seven Henrico deputies and three Central State Hospital employees — have been charged with second-degree murder in his death.
In other news:
- Superintendent to become part-time bus driver amid shortages (Rappahannock News)
- New FloydFest site lacks state permits, could endanger protected species, group says (The Roanoke Times)
- Stone Brewing facility to start producing Sapporo, expanding, doubling workforce (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
In case you missed it:
- Shake lawsuit opens rare window on Pat Robertson's media empire (The Virginian-Pilot)
- Glen Lyn mayor indicted on federal water pollution charges (The Roanoke Times)
- He won a discrimination case against UVa. Now he says the school is retaliating. (The Daily Progress)