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VPM Daily Newscast: Jun 6, 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 6, 2023:   

Dominion-backed Power for Tomorrow enters primary fray
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

In 2021, Power for Tomorrow spent heavily in Virginia on TV and Facebook ads warning consumers that proposals to deregulate the electrical grid would leave Virginia vulnerable to grid failure, a claim several experts said was misleading. The group’s IRS filings said it spent $1.8 million in 2021 on advertising.

Now, the Dominion Energy–backed group has re-emerged with a series of incumbent-backing ads ahead of the June 20 primary. Power for Tomorrow refused to say how much it’s spending, but it’s currently running Facebook ads for a dozen candidates — all current or former lawmakers.

Editors' note: Clean Virginia, which features in this piece, is a VPM donor.

No survivors found after Nelson County plane crash
Reported by The Associated Press

A wayward and unresponsive business plane that flew over the nation's capital Sunday afternoon caused the military to scramble a fighter jet before the plane crashed in Virginia, officials said. The fighter jet caused a loud sonic boom that was heard across the capital region.

Hours later, police said rescuers had reached the site of the plane crash in a rural part of the Shenandoah Valley and that no survivors were found. It was not immediately clear why the plane was nonresponsive, why it crashed or how many people were on board.

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