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VPM Daily Newscast: March 30, 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 30, 2023:   

Irvo Otieno remembered as gifted, loving at funeral
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered Irvo Otieno’s eulogy during a Wednesday service, suggesting an “Irvo Law” to improve the treatment of people with mental illness.

The service vacillated between somber moments of reflection, celebratory choir music and impassioned calls for justice over a death that’s drawn international outrage.

Judge hears dismissal arguments in Xzavier Hill wrongful death lawsuit
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans

A federal judge in Richmond heard arguments Wednesday in the case of an 18-year-old man fatally shot by Virginia State Police troopers during a traffic stop in 2021.

Xzavier Hill’s mother Latoya Benton brought a civil rights lawsuit against officers Seth Layton and Benjamin Bone after a grand jury found the troopers were justified in using deadly force, declining to indict either of them.

Attorneys for Layton and Bone asked the judge to dismiss the case, arguing Hill pointed a gun at them before they killed him. Benton's attorneys argued that while Hill had a gun in reach, it wasn't in his hands.

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