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VPM Daily Newscast: May 20, 2020

Man sitting in mini park
This image from Park(ing) Day 2019 shows a regular parking spot imagined as a gathering place. Some Richmond residents hope to see more permanent space in the street reclaimed for citizens. (Photo: David Streever)

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:

  • A Richmond-based pharma firm won a $350 million dollar contract with the federal government to manufacture possible COVID-19 drugs
  • The governor has said any Virginian can vote absentee before a new law permitting no-excuse absentee voting goes into effect. Several people are filing suit against the state, alleging it would be an act of fraud.
  • Courts reopened this week - and that means that more than 800 eviction proceedings can move forward.
  • The owner of several Gold's Gym, who sued to be classified as not a gym and lost, tried to appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court. They refused to hear his case.
  • After weeks of clamoring for streets open to pedestrians during the pandemic, urbanists are rejoicing - Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said he's looking to let businesses expand their operations onto the sidewalks and the street, limiting automobile traffic in some areas.
  • An excerpt from VPM's new podcast, Making Menuhin, which tells the inside stories of the world’s best young violinists. 

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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