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VPM Daily Newscast: Oct. 2, 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 Oct. 2, 2023:   

Funding sent Virginia’s two land-grant universities on different paths
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly

The Morrill Act of 1862 gave each state 30,000 acres to establish public colleges and universities focused on agriculture and engineering; majority-white Virginia Tech was established in the commonwealth.

But because of the discrimination and exclusion Black students faced at those schools, a second Morrill Act was passed in 1890, mandating that states either consider Black students equally or found separate land-grant schools for them. Virginia chose the latter, leading to Virginia State University being established.

Federal officials estimated VSU was underfunded by $277 million between 1987 and 2020.

Richmond internet personality charged with felony over ‘joke’ tweet
Reported by VPM News

A Richmond internet personality is facing felony bomb threat charges in Henrico County over a tweet.

Jimmie Lee Jarvis, a consultant and licensed private investigator, was arrested Thursday afternoon after the Henrico Fire Marshal's Office issued a warrant, according to court documents obtained by VPM News, a statement from the department and a press release from Jarvis’ legal defense.

Jarvis’ lawyer says the post was satire. Henrico County alleges it was a bomb threat. He was arraigned Friday morning in Henrico County General District Court on a class 5 felony charge, “Threats to bomb or damage buildings.”

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