VPM Daily Newscast: Oct. 11, 2023
The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.
Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Oct. 11, 2023:
How Richmond's unions are supporting the casino question
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil
Unite Here represents 8,000 workers in Virginia, including hospitality workers at Colonial Williamsburg and food service workers at The College of William & Mary, Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth universities, a union spokesperson said.
In 2022, Unite Here supported a successful effort to keep Richmonders from voting on the casino a second time. Now, bolstered by over $1 million in pro-casino funds, 65 of its members are knocking on doors for the Richmond Grand Resort & Casino referendum.
Virginia Democrats call for federal inquiry into voter removals
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour
In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland late last week, both U.S. senators and six representatives called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate “how these recent removals happened” and what the state is doing to ensure voters are informed they’re eligible to vote.
Virginia ELECT announced in December it had made list maintenance changes to ensure people convicted of felonies after their rights were restored are removed from voter rolls. But as VPM News reported last month, some voters were removed after a probation violation such as missing a court date or failing to check in with a probation officer — not a new felony conviction.
An elections department spokesperson said at least 275 voters have been affected by the error.
In other news:
- New Richmond program gives cash directly to people in need (Axios Richmond)
- What’s at stake if RGGI disappears in Virginia? (Bay Journal)
In case you missed it:
- The Richmond Folk Festival's Virginia Folklife Area salutes the birthplace of country music (Style Weekly)
- Violent assaults show uptick at VCU and other colleges (Richmond Times-Dispatch)*
- 500-unit development proposed in Hollymead (The Daily Progress)*
*This outlet utilizes a paywall.