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VPM Daily Newscast May 6, 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 Thursday, May 6, 2021:

  • Residents in Richmond wanting to get vaccinated can do so Today at the Islamic Center in Henrico. The outreach event is one of many the center has been hosting since the pandemic began. At the vaccine clinic there will be Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi speakers. Today’s event will be from noon to 4 and is open to anyone who needs a first dose. Walk ups are welcome. The Islamic Center will hold two follow up events later this month for second doses.


  • India is experiencing a catastrophic COVID-19 surge. Thousands of people die each day and hospitals are short on supplies. As Sam Turken from partner station WHRV reports, the outbreak directly impacts Hampton Roads residents of Indian descent.


  • Roughly 44% of residents in Richmond and Henrico have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Yesterday, the health district opened its first walk-up vaccination site, hoping to reach additional residents.


  • A new poll says Virginians describe themselves as slightly right-of-center when it comes to politics. But, it also finds bipartisan support for progressive ideas like the Green New Deal. VPM Politics Reporter Ben Paviour broke down the survey. 


  • In January, 2020, former and then-current Science Museum of Virginia employees approached VPM Reporter Yasmine Jumaa to share their experiences with discrepancies in treatment, disciplinary actions and advancement opportunities for people of color within the organization. What they told her prompted Jumaa to examine the museum’s public record on matters of race, equity and inclusion — and to question institutional leaders in and beyond SMV about what it takes to truly serve all Virginians.