VPM Daily Newscast: March 31, 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 31, 2023:
Crash analysis suggests fixes for intersection where VCU student died
Reported by VPM News’ Ian M. Stewart
On the last Friday in January, Virginia Commonwealth University student Mahrokh Khan died after being struck by a driver while crossing the street near Monroe Park at the corner of Main and Laurel streets.
Road safety advocates argue the intersection's design contributed to Khan's death. They say the road is wider than needed, encouraging drivers to speed through the crowded urban corridor.
How Richmond Public Schools responds when gun violence affects students
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly
A vigil was held last week for Richmond middle school student Marquan Mitchell-Nash, who was fatally shot earlier this month while handling a firearm. At least 17 students from Richmond Public Schools have been shot so far this school year, according to the district’s unofficial count.
Last summer, VPM News education reporter Megan Pauly spoke with Angela Jones, RPS director of culture, climate and student services, about how the district responds to these events.
In other news:
- They've won their freedom, and now fight to regain right to vote (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- 14 books to be removed from Spotsylvania County school libraries (The Free Lance–Star)
- Sen. Joe Morrissey slammed by 6 fellow Democrats for ‘destructive’ behavior (The Virginian-Pilot)
In case you missed it:
- Small graves mark a big mystery at High Bridge Trail State Park (The Farmville Herald)