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VPM Daily Newscast: Nov. 15, 2023

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VPM Daily Newscast

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Nov. 15, 2023:   

New commission to provide utilities oversight, report to Richmond City Council
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen

Richmond City Council approved the creation of a Public Utilities and Services Commission at a recent meeting amid calls for better oversight of the city Department of Public Utilities.

The commission, once organized, will advise City Council and the mayor on “matters involving the operation, maintenance, and expansion of the City’s public utilities, including natural gas, clean drinking water, wastewater, solid waste, and stormwater.”

“We are looking for transparency, accountability, understanding of exactly what is going on with our utilities,” said Andreas Addison, 1st District councilor and patron of the PUC ordinance.

Staunton counselor’s books help families solve behavioral problems together
Reported by VPM News’ Henry Brannan

Dustin Wright can’t help but find gaps in mental health services.

After getting a master's degree in counseling psychology at James Madison University and spending a decade working in mental health roles around the Shenandoah Valley, Wright opened a counseling practice in Staunton.

But as he worked with families, Wright found the books meant to help them address behavioral problems in children were lacking.

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