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VPM Daily Newscast: Aug. 4, 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 Aug. 4, 2023:   

Richmond to relaunch bike share program
Reported by VPM News’ Ian Stewart

E-bikes have sat locked at RVA Bike Share stations since May, but a new agreement between the city and a Portuguese software company means the program's wheels might soon be turning again.

Richmond city officials began soliciting software companies in June to take over for the program’s former operator, which declared bankruptcy.

Representatives of a company called We Go Share said it signed a contract with the city on July 31 to help relaunch the bike-share. City officials have not said when the program will be up and running again.

Proposed hospitals could expand Hanover health care access
Reported by VPM News’ Lyndon German

Two companies — Bon Secours and HCA Health Services of Virginia — are vying to expand their footprint of services in the Ashland District. But before the companies can open new hospitals, they’ll need approval from the state health department.

A report released in July by Virginia Department Health staff recommended that Bon Secours move forward with its proposed development while the HCA hospital be denied. Those recommendations must still be approved by the state health commissioner this fall.

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