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VPM Daily Newscast: Aug 24, 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. 24, 2023:   

RVA BikeShare 2.0 exists, but does not work
Reported by VPM News' Meghin Moore

After months of silence, RVA BikeShare formally relaunched this week under a new operator: Wegoshare, a Portugal-based firm that previously partnered with Bewegen on bikeshares.

But the relaunch has had various technical difficulties after being in service for several days.

Virginia localities are working to limit PFAS chemical exposures 
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS, pronounced pee-FOSS) include thousands of unique chemical compounds that have been widely used in industrial and household products since the 1940s — including firefighting foam, nonstick cookware and disposable plates.

People have taken to calling them “forever chemicals” because they persist for years without breaking down. Research shows they can also persist in human and animal bodies for years, leading to a buildup.

And in 2021, Henrico County detected those chemicals in both the Chickahominy River and further upstream in the White Oak Swamp watershed, near Richmond International Airport.

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