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VPM Daily Newscast: April 7, 2020

Man with ukulele
Screenshot from RVA Sings compilation video.

During the coronavirus outbreak, VPM is running a daily newscast of our reporting, hosted by Benjamin Dolle. Episodes are recorded at 6 p.m. and released at 7 a.m. the next day, Tuesday through Friday.

In this episode:

Advocates Say Incarcerated People Are Endangered by COVID-19
The Department of Corrections reports 19 inmates and 9 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Advocates are asking Gov. Ralph Northam to do more to protect these populations.

Don’t Delay Collective Bargaining, Say Public Employees
After business groups and local governments called for a delay to collective bargaining rules approved earlier this year, public employees say the new rules are needed now more than ever. Virginia is one of only three states with a blanket ban on public sector collective bargaining.

Attendance Won't Be Mandatory
Richmond Public Schools launched a new online platform on Monday, designed to support remote learning. Officials say participation is highly encouraged, but that the work will not be graded, because they recognize some students and parents will have conflicting obligations.

Valentine Museum Asks Students to Share Their Pandemic Stories
The Valentine Museum is working with local k-12 students to gather stories of day-to-day life during the coronavirus. The museum’s goal is to represent the voices of young people and their perspective - a view museum officials say is often left out of the historical record.

Standing Together, Six Feet Apart
The Chesterfield Education Foundation, which normally funds teacher projects, has turned to raising money for a local food bank since local schools were ordered closed. Sales of their “Standing Together/Six Feet Apart” shirt have already raised almost $13,000 with over a thousand sold.

“‘Cause Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright”
Inspired by viral videos coming out of Italy during the coronavirus outbreak, people across Richmond stepped out on their porches and balconies yesterday to sing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” as part of RVA Sings.

*VPM intern Jakob Cordes contributed to this report.

VPM News is the staff byline for articles and podcasts written and produced by multiple reporters and editors.
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