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VPM Daily Newscast: May 8, 2020

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VPM's newscast editor, Sara McCloskey, sent in this photo of the toughest copy editor in the business - Mickey. Are you working from home? What's changed about your routine? Let us know with a photo. (Photo: Sara McCloskey)

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:


  • Health experts ask how the state can reopen on May 15, citing a recent increase in COVID-19 cases.
  • The House of Delegates may hold a "virtual" special session this year - a first in its history.
  • Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch is calling on Mayor Levar Stoney to end marijuana for city employees, following the General Assembly decriminalizing marijuana. Stoney says he supports her goal.
  • The Richmond and Redevelopment Housing Authority has just appointed a former agency accountant to be interim director, stepping into the shoes of outgoing director Damon Duncan - the second housing authority director to leave in two years.
  • On a lighter note - Henrico's "teacher of the year" found out when a caravan of friends and family drove by her house to celebrate her at a safe distance.
  • In Chesterfield, polls will be open for the primary - but authorities ask voters to mail in their ballot.
  • With college commencement happening virtually, VPM spoke to one graduating student who took a 30 year break - and earned her degree in English this year.
  • In 1918, states across the country reopened after closing to combat a flu pandemic - and death rates spiked. Historian Ed Ayers takes a look back at the 1918 flu pandemic, and the disparate impact it had on African Americans living in Richmond. Maggie Lena Walker was one of the prominent citizens who spearheaded the development of a hospital for African Americans.

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