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VPM Daily Newscast: May 24, 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 24, 2023:   

Stoney, council aim for second Southside casino vote
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen

Mayor Levar Stoney said in a statement to VPM News that the casino would bring 1,300 well-paying jobs, as well as $30 million in city revenue yearly.

“[The casino will] allow us to expand funding options for critical community needs, such as public schools, community infrastructure and affordable housing, and relieve tax burden on City taxpayers,” Stoney said.

But opponents to the previous effort questioned whether the economic benefits would fully materialize in Richmond, pointing to other projects’ disappointing returns elsewhere in the country, including Maryland.

A lifetime of racism makes Alzheimer’s more prevalent in Black Americans
Reported by The Associated Press

About 14% of Black people in America over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s, compared with 10% of white people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disparity is likely even larger, because many Black people aren’t correctly diagnosed.

By 2060, cases are expected to increase fourfold among Black Americans.

While some risk factors may differ by race, the large disparities among racial groups can’t be explained just by genetics.

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