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VPM Daily Newscast: Oct. 16, 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. 16, 2023:   

Richmond teachers call for changes to fire and environmental safety standards
Reported by VPM News’ Megan Pauly

Richmond teachers plan to rally ahead of the school board meeting Monday, when the board plans to introduce two resolutions regarding school facility concerns: one about fire safety and another about air quality concerns. Both were drafted by the Richmond Education Association.

The fire safety resolution comes after reporting from VPM News earlier this year about repeat fire code violations at district schools in recent years.

The resolution would require the school board to adopt policy specifying which violations — if any — are permissible for school operations to continue and would direct the district’s superintendent, Jason Kamras, to create procedures and criteria for relocating students and staff from buildings deemed to be unsafe.

Technology helps open up wilderness trails to all
Reported by NPR

While Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is known for its ski slopes, during mountain biking season, the powder-white runs turn to dirt tracks. And no matter the season, Carol Woody is the woman behind the adaptive programming as the director of Challenged Athletes of West Virginia, a nonprofit partner of the resort.

Athletes with amputations, those who are paralyzed or have learning disabilities can all find ski options at Snowshoe, and that's Woody's goal for the adaptive bike program as well.

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