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VPM Daily Newscast: Aug 28, 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. 28, 2023:   

Richmond-area summer camps face increased demand
Reported by VPM News' Sterling Barbett

Summer programs have been a staple of kids’ time away from school for years, though many took a hit during the COVID-19 emergency. But demand for summer camps in the Richmond area was back up this year.

There’s been a surge of families enrolling their children in summer programs following the formal end of the worldwide public health emergency, according to the American Camp Association. With demand, the price of camps has also increased 35% from 2021 to 2022.

State budget negotiators say they have deal on 'major components'
Reported by The Associated Press

The apparent deal includes a one-time tax rebate of $200 for individuals and $400 for joint-filers, according to a statement from the negotiators. It would also increase the standard deduction, reinstate a popular sales tax holiday and boost spending on public education and college financial aid, the statement said.

The full framework of the proposal was not released, and the statement did not elaborate on the remaining sticking points.

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