Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

VPM Daily Newscast May 27, 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.

Listeners can subscribe through NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Megaphone, Spotify and wherever you get your podcasts.

Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Thursday, May 27, 2021:

  • Petersburg native Doctor Jewel Bronaugh returned to her hometown yesterday to make her first public appearance as deputy secretary of the USDA. Bronaugh met with farmers of color to talk about loan forgiveness funds from the American Rescue Plan. Patrick Larsen reports.


  • Former Senator John Warner died at home Tuesday due to heart failure, at 94 years old. Warner was the former Secretary of the Navy and represented Virginia in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. In a statement, Sen, Mark Warner, no relation, called the former senator “a consummate statesman and a public servant who always put Virginia before politics.” Sen. Tim Kaine said he was “stunned” by the loss of “a dear friend.” Both Kaine and Warner expressed their condolences to Warner’s wife and the rest of his family.


  • The family of Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Adam Oakes, who died in February of alcohol poisoning, has started a nonprofit to support high school students after they graduate. Alan Rodriguez Espinoza spoke with Adam’s cousin about their efforts to curb hazing on Virginia campuses.


  • Richmond is transfering fifteen vacant or foreclosed properties to the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust. As Roberto Roldan reports, the city hopes those properties will be used to build new affordable housing.


  • Chesterfield County residents have another chance to get free COVID-19 vaccinations today at Rockwood Park. The county’s mobile clinic will be offering the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to those 12 and up. A parent or guardian must be present for shots given to children. The mobile vaccination unit will be at Rockwood Park from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. No registration is required, and walk-ups are welcome. To find other COVID-19 vaccination locations go to