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VPM Daily Newscast May 11, 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, May 11, 2021:

  • In Virginia, Black women are three to four times more likely to experience maternal health problems. VPM News Intern Lyndon German dug into a Richmond-based program recently launched to address this.


  • Henrico County residents will have a chance to comment tonight on a proposed mixed-use apartment complex to replace the former Virginia Center Commons.The Board of Supervisors will vote on rezoning over seven acres of land to allow homes to be built on the property. Two companies, Shamin Hotels and Rebkee Company, purchased parts of the complex in January according toRichmond BizSense. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on the county’s website.


  • Over the last few years, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has proposed large increases to the city’s road repaving budget. Data presented to City Council yesterday, shows the investment is having an effect. According to the Department of Public Works, 43 percent of Richmond’s roads are now rated good or better, compared to 35 percent in 2018. Bobby Vincent, the head of the department, says he expects road conditions to keep improving as long as it remains a priority.


  • The deadline for Virginians to file their state taxes is approaching. This year’s deadline is Monday, May 17. The cutoff was extended to match the federal deadline in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who miss filing, Virginia offers an automatic 6-month extension. But it’s highly encouraged that all taxes be paid by May 17 to avoid penalties. Virginians can check the status of their refund by calling (804) 367-2486 or by using theWhere’s My Refund application on the Virginia Tax website.


  • Outdoor concerts have returned to Richmond amidst a wave of vaccine optimism and a recent announcement that Virginia plans to lift gathering restrictions in mid-June. Patrick Larsen took in the scenes at a socially-distant Brown’s Island concert this weekend.
VPM News is the staff byline for articles and podcasts written and produced by multiple reporters and editors.