VPM Daily Newscast: Jun 5, 2023
The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.
Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of June 5, 2023:
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.
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.
In other news:
- Virginia's Guard deployment to Texas to cost $3.1 million for 30 days (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- UVA president promises 20% of work-study funds to student tutors at local schools (The Daily Progress)
- Why groups are fighting over obscure 1960s-era ‘slot and perimeter’ rules at a Virginia airport (Virginia Mercury)
In case you missed it:
- Saving the spies: Albemarle County floats $58M land deal to preserve Rivanna Station (The Daily Progress)
- Will a Dollar General ruin a rural crossroads? (The New York Times)
- Carytown Citizen Burger closes; new Indian spot planned in its place (Richmond BizSense)