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VPM Daily Newscast: June 21, 2024

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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 June 21, 2024:   

Richmond's heat dome is only getting hotter this weekend 
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen

The National Weather Service says to use “extreme caution” when the heat index is over 90 degrees Fahrenheit: That means you should limit physical activity in the sunlight and stay hydrated.

There were 120 reported emergency room visits for heat-related illnesses in Richmond last year, according to state data. There were 2,656 across the commonwealth in 2023.

But not everyone has an easy way out of the elements.

Chesterfield County schools adding new security features
Reported by VPM News’ Billy Shields

When classes resume in late August, students, teachers and parents will encounter new vestibules — often described as security air-locks — at many county school buildings.

The vestibules have two controlled doorways. Visitors buzz in at a door monitored by a camera, enter the vestibule and then run their identification through a system called RAPTOR. If they’re allowed to pass through the entrance, they’re issued a sticker badge.

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