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VPM Daily Newscast: May 19, 2020

sign says parking lot closed
Although much of the state was in 'phase one' of reopening this weekend, Richmond was not - and the parking lots around Belle Isle were officially closed. (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:

  • Town elections are happening in some parts of Virginia today, and roughly 40,000 people have already voted absentee - nearly 39,000 more than in a similar election four years ago.
  • A court has determined that mayoral candidates in Richmond only need 150 signatures instead of 500 to appear on November's ballot - but some are asking why city council and school board candidates aren't receiving similar relief during a time when social distancing makes signature collections harder.
  • Virginia's economy has taken a hit, but state officials say it's done better than it could have - and point to a 10% unemployment rate, versus a national average of 15%.
  • Gov. Ralph Northam announced several initiatives to help tenants, homeowners, and landlords yesterday, as the judicial emergency that closed courts expires - permitting 
  • Virginia Beach is reopening in time for Memorial Day - although there are lots of restrictions in place.
  • Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and other states attorneys general are suing the EPA, seeking to protect the Chesapeake Bay
  • During the pandemic, pick-your-own orchards and farms say they're safe places to practice social distancing - and get out of the house.

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