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VPM Daily Newscast: May 31, 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 31, 2023:   

What Virginia’s primaries mean for Democrats and Republicans
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

Virginia’s June legislative primaries are off to a busy start: Trash-talking flyers clog mailboxes, brash TV ads have begun appearing in local markets and special interest groups have already invested millions of dollars in their preferred candidates.

It’s the result of a once-in-a-decade redistricting process that forced incumbents into new territories, and occasionally, against each other.

LGBTQ+ activists rally after Target relocates Pride displays
Reported by The Associated Press

Last week, Target announced it removed products and relocated Pride displays to the back of certain stores in the South. Now, activists in the LGBTQ+ community are calling for new campaigns to convince corporate leaders not to cave.

Nearly 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced in state legislatures around the country this year. At least 18 states have enacted laws restricting or banning gender-affirming care for transgender minors.

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