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VPM Daily Newscast: April 15, 2020

A mountain view
A view from a trip to southwestern Virginia, toward the area where the Mountain Valley Pipeline is being constructed. (Photo: David Streever/VPM News)

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

In this episode:

Mountain Valley Pipeline Trespassing Case
The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear oral arguments today in the case of a Roanoke landowner who accused Mountain Valley Pipeline of trespassing on his property. 

First COVID-19 Death in a Correctional Facility
A 49-year-old woman who was incarcerated at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland has died from complications related to COVID-19. She's the first incarcerated person to die after contracting the illness.

Poll Finds Bipartisan Support for Northam on COVID-19
In phone surveys, more than 800 adults were asked about how Gov. Ralph Northam and Pres. Donald Trump are responding to the coronavirus outbreak. Over three-quarters said Northam was doing a good job - including 70% of Republicans polled. About half of the people polled said the president was doing a good job.

Testing for Richmond Residents Lags Behind
Most of the coronavirus cases have been found in Northern Virginia - which also has the most testing. Richmond-area officials are planning to expand testing to low-income neighborhoods in the city.

Healthcare Workers Frustrated With Federal Government
Virginia healthcare workers said national leadership was needed to fight the coronavirus. Some of their chief concerns included testing availability and a lack of medical gear.

But Can It Pass The Turing Test?
A new robot is helping the UVA Health clean and sanitize thousands of masks for healthcare workers. The robot - named Tru-D - uses ultraviolet light and can disinfect as many as 6,000 masks a day.

Amid Pandemic, Arts Community Moves Online
With mandated shutdowns for entertainment venues, artists, musicians and actors in Richmond are looking for new ways to reach audiences. For most of them, that's been a pivot to digital.

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