Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

VPM Daily Newscast: Sept. 19, 2023

A young woman listening to her phone next to the VPM Daily Newscast logo in shades of blue
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.

Listeners can subscribe through NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Megaphone, Spotify and wherever you get your podcasts. 

Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Sept. 19, 2023:   

Regional partnerships key to oyster habitat restoration
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen

Healthy oyster populations — stacked up into reefs — can help protect against major coastal floods by minimizing storm surges and reducing everyday erosion of buffer wetland habitats.

That’s one of the reasons Leslie Townsell is conducting graduate research on oyster populations at the University of Georgia. It’s also one of the reasons that Black in Marine Science — the nonprofit where she serves as community director — joined the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance earlier this month.

SNAP benefits increase food access at farmers markets in rural Virginia
Reported by VPM News’ Henry Brannan

Food access is more than just how close a person is to a store. Due to poverty, about 1 in 10 Virginians are food insecure, according to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.

To address this — and their reputation for being expensive — more than 100 farmers markets in the commonwealth and thousands around the country accept EBT SNAP benefits as payment.

Those benefits — formerly known as food stamps — allow customers to purchase meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables, baked goods and more with their SNAP debit card. And the SNAP program isn’t alone. Seventy-five markets now accept Virginia Fresh Match, a program that gives SNAP recipients coupons to buy produce to double their SNAP funds.

In other news: 

In case you missed it: 

*This outlet utilizes a paywall.

VPM News is the staff byline for articles and podcasts written and produced by multiple reporters and editors.
Related Stories