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VPM Daily Newscast: Sept. 11, 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 Sept. 11, 2023:   

Virginia’s new hemp law faces federal lawsuit
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

Critics of Virginia’s new law cracking down on intoxicating hemp products recently filed a federal lawsuit challenging its legality — and asking a judge to suspend enforcement.

The complaint from Northern Virginia Hemp and Agriculture, North Carolina–based manufacturer Franny’s Farmacy and individual Virginia hemp user Rose Lane contends the law violates federal interstate commerce laws and the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill.

Poet Rita Dove to receive National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement
Reported by The Associated Press

The National Book Foundation, the nonprofit which presents the book awards, announced Friday that University of Virginia professor Rita Dove is this year’s winner of its medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, an honor previously given to Toni Morrison, Edmund White and Art Spiegelman among others.

Dove, 71, has been a published author for 50 years, her notable books including her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection “Thomas and Beulah,” inspired by her maternal grandparents.

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