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VPM Daily Newscast March 31, 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 31, 2021:

  • Virginia voters have plenty of options when they choose nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Across the two parties, 32 candidates are running for those offices, including 12 running for governor.


  • Gov. Ralph Northam and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a new infrastructure project yesterday that will increase access to train services statewide.


  • Richmonders will soon see some green space taking up on-street parking. The city has approved five small “parklets” as part of a pilot project. 
  • As COVID-19 cases begin to rise again across the country, theVirginia Department of Health reported over 1,400 new cases in the state yesterday. Since the pandemic began, Virginia has seen almost 618,000 cases, and 10,242 Virginians have died from the coronavirus. As several localities begin to move into Phase 1c for vaccinations, almost 2.5 million people have gotten at least one dose, and almost 16% of the state is now fully vaccinated.


  • For the second year in a row, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting how religious communities experience spring holidays. Local religious leaders spoke with VPM News intern Joi Bass about how they plan to celebrate this spring.
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