VPM Daily Newscast: Aug 9, 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. 9, 2023:
City commission outlines changes to Richmond charter
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil
The Richmond City Charter Review Commission recommended a “reconceiving” of Richmond’s government structure in a report it submitted late last week. The nine-member panel, which City Council created in early 2022, had been tasked with "finding ambiguities and conflicts, clerical and grammatical errors, and outdated or otherwise inapplicable text" in the city's 75-year-old charter.
“Equity was very much on our minds,” said Thad Williamson, the commission’s chairperson. “So the question is, ‘What structure gives us the best chance of moving together as a community?’”
Address changes puts Del. Nick Freitas in new district
Reported by WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi
Del. Nick Freitas, a Republican who currently represents residents living in Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties, is running against Democrat Sara Ratcliffe for the newly redistricted House District 62.
But records obtained by WMRA show that property owned by Freitas is located in House District 61 — and don't match the paperwork he filed with the state Department of Elections.
In other news:
- The story behind the Virginia Supreme Court building's banking past (Richmond Times-Dispatch)*
- Suit aims to halt removal of Arlington Cemetery’s Confederate Memorial (The Washington Post)*
- 'It's collapsing and becoming meaningless': Changes to UVa honor system divides alumni (The Daily Progress)*
In case you missed it:
- Four takeaways from Southwest Virginia’s critical mineral investigation (Virginia Mercury)
- Richmond's homeless face challenges accessing emergency support, find hope in 'Godsend' program (WTVR)
*This outlet utilizes a paywall.