VPM Daily Newscast: May 4, 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 May 4, 2023:
Doula services at risk amid review of state Medicaid roll
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen
Birth in Color RVA — a doula care provider and nonprofit advocacy group based in Richmond — is helping about 300 of its patients with the Medicaid reenrollment process.
Medicaid is the only healthcare plan in Virginia that covers their services. And as the state embarks on an examination of its rolls, some could lose their access to doula care.
The state's largest electric utility might seek to keep most of its existing power stations online for decades and seek to build additional small natural gas and nuclear units, if it pursues the scenarios outlined in the planning document filed with state regulators.
The filing was quickly met with criticism from environmental groups and other clean-energy advocates, who have long called for greater urgency in the company's shift to renewables in order to help address the threat of climate change.
In other news:
- The difference between buying weed in D.C., Maryland and Virginia (The Washington Post)
- MVP sees narrow path to completing pipeline by year's end (The Roanoke Times)
In case you missed it:
- DNA evidence sheds light on one of America’s oldest Black churches (Smithsonian Magazine)