VPM Daily Newscast: Aug 17, 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. 17, 2023:
Typo leaves Democratic Virginia Senate candidate in limbo
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour
Trudy Berry was always a long-shot candidate for the heavily rural and Republican Senate District 9 seat, stretching from Danville to the outskirts of Farmville.
But her odds dimmed further when Danville Democratic official Clem Oliver left off a .gov from an email submitting Berry’s paperwork to the state on April 10, according to a letter to the board from the Democratic Party of Virginia. The error meant state officials didn’t receive Berry’s paperwork ahead of their April 11 deadline.
The State Board of Elections didn’t take up Berry’s petition to add her name to the ballot against state Sen. Frank Ruff (R–Mecklenburg). In an email Wednesday, Berry questioned why she would be treated differently than past instances where the board had granted forgiveness to candidates from both parties.
Richmond had the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in Virginia last year. Preliminary numbers from the Virginia Department of Health for 2023 have Richmond outpacing other cities and counties.
To combat that, the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are trying to get naloxone, the overdose reversal nasal spray, into the hands of more people for free. It’s offering twice weekly virtual trainings through REVIVE!, a statewide program to educate Virginians on the signs of overdose and how to administer naloxone, also known by its brand name, Narcan.
In other news:
- Richmond to pay $140K in settlement after allegedly violating multiple constitutional rights during protests (WRIC)
- Chef Sean Brock brings Appalachian food to the masses (Cardinal News)
- Amid rise in gun violence, Charlottesville-area police join nationwide initiative (The Daily Progress)*
In case you missed it:
- Utility regulator recommends suspension of Dominion’s rules for connecting new solar to grid (Virginia Mercury)
- Williams: Gilpin Court genealogy project seeks to reveal roots and reclaim narratives (Richmond Times-Dispatch)*
*This outlet utilizes a paywall.