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VPM Daily Newscast March 16, 2021

VPM's daily newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Hosted by Benjamin Dolle, episodes are recorded the night before so you can wake up prepared.

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Tuesday, March 16, 2021:

  • NPRrecently reported on possible ethics violations at Virginia’s largest law firm, Richmond-based McGuireWoods. The firm is accused of representing a federal agency attempting to defund a former McGuireWoods client.


  • Gov. Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine yesterday, just over one year after COVID-19 first appeared in the commonwealth. Their shots were administered by a team from the Virginia National Guard.


  • The Virginia Department of Health identified over 1,100 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday. About 596,000 Virginians have been diagnosed with the virus since the pandemic began a year ago. And 10,060 Virginians have died.


  • An annual mass healthcare event in Southwest Virginia has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s Move Mountains Medical Mission was set to be hosted by the Health Wagon and Virginia Dental Association Foundation in Wise County this July. Organizers say they were concerned about the health risks posed by large gatherings. Since the event was started in 2000, it has provided over 100-thousand free medical appointments, saving patients millions of dollars. To offset the cancellation, the Health Wagon will host a series of smaller clinics throughout the rest of the year.


  • Volunteers planted 50 trees at Swansboro Park on Saturday. It was the first such event in the ‘Greening Southside Richmond’ Project, which aims to vegetate neighborhoods and provide green job training for young people.


  • Two Hampton Roads students are winners in a national documentary contest for their film on reparations. Our partner station WHRV has the story
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