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VPM Daily Newscast: May 8, 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 May 8, 2023:   

Richmond needs $1.3B to stem waste flowing into the James River
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil

The General Assembly set a 2035 deadline for the city of Richmond to implement major infrastructure upgrades to its combined water sewer system, which was built during the 1870s. The project will cost $1.3 billion, and utility ratepayers in the city could be on the hook, if there’s not ample support in federal and state money.

Irvo Otieno’s family questions his transfer to jail amid mental health crisis
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans

The family of Irvo Otieno has more questions about why law enforcement took the 28-year-old to jail when he was experiencing a mental health crisis.

Otieno’s family recently told reporters that officers should not have charged him with a crime and taken him to jail. Instead, by state law, they said he should have remained at Parham Doctors’ Hospital under a Temporary Detention Order.

Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor previously said she is investigating what happened at both Parham Hospital and the jail.

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