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VPM Daily Newscast: April 5, 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 April 5, 2023:   

Data: Amid scarcity, unhoused people in Richmond sought fewer services
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil

The number of people seeking beds at area shelters increased when capacity was higher, according to city data obtained by VPM News. It points to the possibility that some people experiencing homelessness didn’t seek out services when they were scarce.

While the data wasn’t conclusive in this regard, Michael Rogers, programs director at Homeward, said it was a “reasonable assumption” that people perhaps didn’t bother going to shelters after hearing they were already full.

Two Virginia House seats to remain open ahead of general elections
Reported by VPM News

After five months of special elections to fill cascading vacancies in the U.S. Congress and General Assembly, Virginia politicians will not fill the last two seats ahead of the summer’s primaries in newly redrawn districts.

As a result, the 74th and 79th House seats — which were previously represented by Democrats — will remain open until January 2024.

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