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VPM Daily Newscast: Sept. 12, 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. 12, 2023:   

Youngkin borrowed Altria’s jet. No one will say where he went.
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

Gov. Glenn Youngkin flew on Altria’s private jet to and from an undisclosed location at an unknown time, according to campaign finance records. Neither his campaign committee nor Altria will say who else was on board or give any other details about the trip.

Altria spokesperson Steve Callahan said in an email the company provided “limited use of our corporate plane to accommodate a travel request from the Spirit of Virginia PAC.” He confirmed the plane was used on one occasion and that the company reported the fair market value for the flight, but declined to give its itinerary or say if Altria executives, board members or staff were on board.

Richmond bus riders get an enhanced downtown transfer hub
Reported by VPM News’ Ian Stewart

After a year of construction, the Greater Richmond Transit Company’s new downtown transfer station officially opened Monday.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said despite the improvements, there’s still work to be done to help riders throughout Central Virginia.

“If we want to be a competitive, equitable and welcoming city, we have still a long ways to go,” he said at the transfer station’s opening ceremony. “We got to continue to work on frequency, we got to continue to work on accessibility, we got to continue to work on more routes throughout the entire region.”

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