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VPM Daily Newscast: Sept. 15, 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. 15, 2023:   

Youngkin took Altria jet to Hamptons fundraiser, flight records suggest
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

Public records suggest Gov. Glenn Youngkin may have borrowed Altria’s corporate jet to attend a fundraiser in the Hamptons hosted by Wilbur Ross, who served as Secretary of Commerce in President Donald Trump’s administration.

It’s not clear if Altria executives or board members attended the fundraiser — or why Youngkin turned to the company to fly him to the Hamptons.

Ross’ event was part of a broader fundraising blitz that helped Youngkin raise at least $3.1 million in the month of August alone, according to data compiled from the Virginia Public Access Project.

Henrico supervisor candidates speak at environment-focused forum
Reported by VPM News’ Lyndon German

Nine candidates are running in contested elections for Henrico County Board of Supervisors positions in the Brookland, Fairfield, Tuckahoe and Three Chopt districts this year. Four of them took part in a recent forum sponsored by a coalition of environmental groups at Reynolds Community College.

Tim Cywinski, a spokesperson with the Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter, said environmental concerns have become a central issue in local races.

“We all see the stakes. We see what's going on with the climate, and we see what's going on in our communities,” Cywinski said.

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