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VPM Daily Newscast: July 25, 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 25, 2023:   

Richmond may join Virginia's C-PACE green financing program
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy loan financing, where it’s in place, helps property owners cover the upfront costs of installing on-site renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation measures.

The unique thing about C-PACE is that the loans, which come from private lenders, are assessed against a property in liens — meaning property owners can sell C-PACE recipient buildings without repaying. Richmond has had a C-PACE ordinance on the books since 2019, but one official said the city has been waiting for a state program to help guide implementation.

‘Green Book’ law will preserve historical sites
Reported by VPM News’ Yaba Ahounou

The H. Vaughan service station at 1701 Chamberlayne Ave. in Northside was one of many automotive businesses serving African Americans traveling on the road.

It was featured in the Negro Motorists Green Book, a critical travel guide for the safety of African Americans, from 1951 to 1955The one-story brick building, now Sam’s New & Used Tire Shop, is one of seven remaining Green Book sites in the city.

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