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VPM Daily Newscast: May 19, 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 19, 2023:   

Ride of Silence honors Jonah Holland, a local cyclist killed by driver
Reported by VPM News’ Ian Stewart

A “Ride of Silence” was held earlier this week as part of RVA Bike Month.

More than 50 cyclists gathered for the ride, which culminated in the placement of a roadside memorial for Jonah Holland, who was killed last year by a drunk driver while riding her bike.

Natalie Rainer was also injured on that morning ride in August. She's still recovering, but cycled down the section of Osborne Turnpike Wednesday where the accident occurred to honor her friend.

Beyond the 'abortion pill': Real-life experiences of individuals taking mifepristone
Reported by NPR's Becky Sullivan and Selena Simmons-Duffin

NPR asked people to share their experiences with using mifepristone. More than 150 people responded.

The stories illustrate how mifepristone is indeed an "abortion pill" — but it also plays other important roles in people's lives.

Many people wrote about how they took the medicine in treatment of a miscarriage. Others used it as part of their fertility journeys. Physically, taking mifepristone and misoprostol was a seriously painful experience for some and caused few symptoms for others.

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