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VPM Daily Newscast: July 14, 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 July 14, 2023:   

John Henry James’ 1898 indictment dismissed in Charlottesville
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans

In 1898, a grand jury indicted Charlottesville resident John Henry James, an ice cream vendor accused of sexually assaulting a white woman. The indictment was issued despite the grand jury’s knowledge that he’d already been killed by a lynch mob.

No one was charged in his killing, but James’ July 12 indictment endured — until Wednesday, when Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins heard Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingeley’s request to dismiss the charges.

Hanover Tomato Festival returns in full swing
Reported by VPM News’ Lyndon German

What began as a fundraiser for a local volunteer fire department in the 1970s has become a long-standing tradition for county residents, out-of-state guests and even sitting presidents.

In 2020, the two-day festival was canceled for the first time in its history. Starting Friday, the festival returns in full force to Pole Green Park with nearly 100 handcraft and artisan vendors, agricultural displays, live music, food — and Hanover-grown tomatoes, of course.

The festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.

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