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VPM Daily Newscast May 25, 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 25, 2021:

  • Richmond City Council has approved a more than 770 million dollar budget for next fiscal year. As Roberto Roldan reports, the budget includes some new spending despite the pandemic.


  • Changes to Virginia’s medical cannabis program are coming this summer as recreational marijuana becomes legal. Whittney Evans reports.


  • Multiple walk-up vaccination events at the Richmond Raceway this week will be open to children. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will be offered, which is approved for kids 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult and have parental consent to be vaccinated. The events will be held on May 26 and 27. They’ll run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are not required. For a list of upcoming clinics in Richmond and Henrico head


  • A new Virginia law could affect voters living in quote “split precincts.” Hannah Schuster, from our partner station WHRV, explains.


  • A screening of the PBS documentary “College Behind Bars,” will be shown virtually tonight through the non-profit Communities in Schools of Chesterfield. The Ken Burns film is about a small group of men and women who are incarcerated. They struggle to earn college degrees through the Bard Prison Initiative, a national prison education program. The documentary starts at 6 and will be followed by a live Q & A that will feature two people who went through the initiative. To register for the free event go to
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