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VPM Daily Newscast: May 14, 2020

Two women wearing graduation caps pose for a photo
These seniors were expecting to celebrate at a commencement ceremony last Saturday - but Virginia Commonwealth University cancelled in-person commencement due to the coronavirus outbreak. They did their own photos in Monroe Park. Send in a photo of what you did for graduation, and we may post it.

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 said he'll begin a phase one reopening for Virginia on Friday - but not for Northern Virginia, which has requested a delay.
  • Pres. Donald Trump is nominating Roderick C. Young to fill a Hampton Roads Federal court vacancy, but it's uncertain if this - or any - of his judicial nominees will be confirmed before the November election.
  • Democratic Delegate Jay Jones is considering running a run for attorney general in 2021. Jones represents a cohort of younger elected officials who have been critical of Dominion Energy Inc.
  • To reduce the chance of coronavirus outbreaks in correctional facilities, some people convicted of nonviolent offenses are being released. Substance use disorder programs say they need help to serve a growing need.
  • Petersburg says it's making progress restoring water to city residents - and that only  about ten homes still need service.
  • The Sacred Heart Center is trying to reach Richmond's Latino community with resources and help, in Spanish, for a population that's suffering disproportionate impact from COVID-19.

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. Is something unusual happening in your neighborhood? Have a heart warming moment? Let us know.

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