VPM Daily Newscast: Aug 2, 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 Aug. 2, 2023:
VPM News requested data from the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts on the differences in health outcomes by race and income — following the announcement of more than $600,000 in Health Equity Fund grants for local organizations to address disparities.
What RHHD aggregated illustrated continued health disparities between Black and white Richmond residents when it came to COVID-19, food access, and substance use and recovery.
RHHD did include a disclaimer: The data was “not meant to be exhaustive of methodologically consistent between the sets of data to the next but rather provide a general summary of the justifications for Health Equity Fund program funding.”
Data: Housing affordability is concentrated in select Virginia cities
Reported by WHRO News’ Mechelle Hankerson
Despite rents falling overall in some cities, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Hampton Roads is still $1,539. WHRO published data in 2022 showing the region is less affordable than places like Northern Virginia or Richmond, meaning a higher portion of peoples’ wages here go toward housing costs.
According to Alex Fella from the Norfolk-based research group City Work, “Affordability is disappearing in certain parts and that matters most because if you are being forced to move or you have to find a new place to live, you might end up somewhere that's like an hour away from your job if you're looking for affordability.”
In other news:
- Tax cuts remain key to Virginia budget stalemate (The Associated Press)
- Should police officer names be kept secret? Chesterfield department says yes. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)*
- Rockingham And Augusta counties top locations for motorcycle fatalities in Virginia (Daily News-Record)*
In case you missed it:
- Recovering from twin Southwest Virginia floods: ‘A rough, rough ride’ (The Washington Post)*
- Richmond-area swimming hole Hadad's Lake is for sale for $975,000 (Richmond Times-Dispatch)*
*This outlet utilizes a paywall.