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VPM Daily Newscast March 24, 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 Wednesday, March 24, 2021:

  • As COVID-19 cases decline across the state, Gov. Ralph Northam is easing some restrictions he put in place earlier in the pandemic. He broke down the new guidelines during a press conference on Tuesday.


  • When the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began, public health officials raised concerns that Black Americans might be hesitant to get the shot. But as VPM News intern Connor Scribner reports, those same officials say now those concerns have waned


  • Gov. Northam said recent mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder were examples in a long list of tragedies driven by men who had access to firearms. Responding to these events during his weekly press briefing, Northam said he was proud Virginia passed a series of gun control legislation following the 2019 mass shooting in Virginia Beach. President Joe Biden called on Congress Tuesday to tighten gun control laws.


  • Richmond’s Broad Street could soon get a little color. The city is proposing to paint the bus-only lanes red using state dollars to help improve pedestrian safety. Yesterday, Mayor Levar Stoney said he asked his team to put together the proposal shortly after Richmond resident Alice Woodson was struck and killed by a Pulse bus in 2019 trying to cross Broad Street. 


  • The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors is holding apublic hearing tonight on the county’s proposed budget. The bulk of the more than $800 million budget is going toward education, public safety and infrastructure projects. It’s a major increase from the current budget because it restores some funding cut during the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. It will be streamed on the county’s website and YouTube channel.
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