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VPM Daily Newscast: Oct. 23, 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. 23, 2023:   

Richmond’s compost program is taking root
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen

About a year ago, the city of Richmond placed compost bins at locations all over the city. And it still has about $10,000 left of the original $90,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that got the program going.

Once that funding runs out, a city representative said the public works department will continue picking up and delivering the bins to the central composting site in the Whitcomb neighborhood.

VCU students gather to mourn Palestinian deaths, occupation
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil

Hundreds gathered last week near Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus for a vigil commemorating Palestinians killed during Israel’s recent military offensive and decades of occupation.

Speakers from VCU’s Palestinian Student Organization and Richmond’s branch of the American Muslims for Palestine called on students to stay active in their calls for a ceasefire, as well as the end of the occupation.

“We are complicit as a country in apartheid and genocide — either we stand up for the human rights or we don’t,” said Zaid Mahdawi, president of AMP’s Richmond branch.

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