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VPM Daily Newscast: May 15, 2020

Photos of sidewalk chalk
VPM reporter and World Music Show host Ian Stewart sent in these photos of he and his kids chalking the street in front of their house. (Photos: Ian Stewart/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:

  • Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney requests a reopening day delay - and Gov. Ralph Northam grants it.
  • Hair salons in the capital city are divided - some want to reopen while others say it's too dangerous for their customers, citing disproportionate health outcomes for people of color.
  • Unemployment claims continue to decline, although they're still higher than before the pandemic.
  • After criticism from local and national outlets, Virginia is changing its testing numbers to better depict antibody vs swab tests.
  • A lawsuit by the Hanover NAACP alleging that schools named after Confederate generals is discriminatory has been thrown out by a federal judge.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University is starting clinical trials on a drug to control severe immune overreaction resulting from complications of COVID 19
  • Although libraries are closed to foot traffic, librarians are still serving the public - through digital tools, telephone help, and even curbside pickup.


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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