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VPM Daily Newscast: Jun 5, 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 June 5, 2023:   

Henrico aims to increase tax revenue through sports tourism

Reported by VPM News’ Lyndon German

Sports, recreation and tourism are becoming key parts of Henrico County’s economic growth, accounting for tens of millions of dollars each year.

Dennis Bickmeier, director of Henrico’s Sports and Entertainment Authority, said the county’s new events center could help pull in an additional $30 million in tax revenue annually.

Ahead of its opening this fall, the $50 million facility has already booked events for 40 weekends through 2024.

Abortion plays key role in state Senate race pitting Morrissey against Aird

Reported by The Associated Press

One of Virginia's most closely watched nomination contests this election cycle features a rarity in today's politics: a self-described “pro-life” Democrat.

Sen. Joe Morrissey is being challenged by Lashrecse Aird, who says the lawmaker in the blue-leaning 13th District should be ousted — largely for his limited support for abortion. Aird argues that Morrissey's position constrains women’s rights and endangers their health.

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin wants to sign a 15-week abortion ban into law, and in a state with a close political divide, every vote on the issue could matter. All of the commonwealth's legislative seats are on the ballot this year.

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