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VPM Daily Newscast: July 19, 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 19, 2023:   

VEC head says unemployment benefits backlog is nearly done
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil

The Virginia Employment Commission’s Carrie Roth told the Commission on Unemployment Compensation, a bipartisan group of delegates and state senators, that VEC had eliminated its adjudication backlog and its potential fraud case backlog. She also said that its first-level appeals backlog had been reduced by 33% since November.

VEC was inundated with unemployment benefits claims in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns. Advocates and constituents said Tuesday that the Virginia Employment Commission was still falling short — and even questioned its methods.

Navy vet Hung Cao enters GOP race to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine in 2024
Reported by The Associated Press

Retired Navy combat veteran Hung Cao, who ran an energetic but unsuccessful campaign last year for a blue-leaning northern Virginia U.S. House seat, has set his sights on the U.S. Senate, announcing Tuesday that he's seeking the 2024 Republican nomination to challenge Democrat Tim Kaine.

“We are losing our country. You know it. But you also know you can’t say it. We’re forced to say that wrong is right,” he said in a video announcement.

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