VPM Daily Newscast: Sept 8, 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 Sept. 8, 2023:
Henrico’s Economic Development Authority recently approved the purchase of a 110-acre property known as Scott Farm in the northeast part of the county to further develop a planned multi-use area known as GreenCity.
Years after the initial announcement, county officials say Henrico is still far from a groundbreaking. But the EDA has been busy assembling partners to manage the multi-phased development: An arena will be operated by ASM Global — one of the largest venue management companies nationwide — and 880 for-sale homes are planned by Eagle Construction.
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil
On Thursday, Homeward, which coordinates homelessness services across Central Virginia, released data from its Point-in-Time Count conducted between July 26 and 27. That night, staff and volunteers with the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care counted 486 people experiencing homelessness, which is 8.7% higher than the organization's summer 2022 count of 447.
The organization also noted a higher number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness — staying outdoors, in cars and/or other places not meant for habitation — versus last year's count. Homeward said that people older than 55 made up 40% of those experiencing homelessness in this count.
In other news:
- Richmond Hostel slated to become a homeless shelter (Axios Richmond)
- Over 104,000 Virginians sign up for new student loan repayment program (Virginia Mercury)
- Rare copy of Declaration of Independence on display at Monticello (The Daily Progress)*
In case you missed it:
- Virginia’s bellwether elections could reshape the commonwealth — and its governor’s political future (CNN)
- Poets, musicians put spotlight on grief (Daily News-Record)*
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