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VPM Daily Newscast: March 5, 2020

Women wearing masks prepare bags of food
Volunteers and parishioners of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia prepare bags of food for their drive-up/walk-up food pantry, which operates on Thursdays. Crixell Matthews took this photo while working on a possible food story about food banks. (Photo: Crixell Matthews/VPM News)

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 for 7 a.m. the next day, Tuesday through Friday.

In today's newscast:


  • Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia may begin phase one of reopening as soon as May 15.
  • Could FEMA denying testing swabs be part of the reason Virginia lags behind in COVID-19 testing?
  • Millions in federal money coming for Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority. The money can be used for COVID-19 prevention and response.
  • The Department of Justice is backing a legal challenge to Virginia's ban on church gatherings.
  • Early voting for the June primaries begins on Friday.
  • Food banks are stretched thin to support people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic - and in rural communities, the challenges are even bigger.

If you have a photo that speaks to what you're experiencing under the coronavirus outbreak, please  send it to us with a note about what the image means to you.

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