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VPM Daily Newscast May 28, 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 Friday, May 28, 2021:

  • Monday is the two-year anniversary of the Virginia Beach mass shooting that killed 12 people and injured four more. There will be tributes throughout the weekend to remember the victims.


  • After over a year of social distancing, masking and avoiding crowds, Virginia lifted itsremaining gathering restrictions Friday. As Patrick Larsen reports, health experts say it’s time to make the transition - but there’s still room to be cautious.


  • The unofficial start to the summer travel season will kick off this weekend. AAA Mid-Atlantic expects more than a million Virginians to travel for Memorial Day, and most will be going by car. A recent AAA pollreveals a surge in travel plans. 62 percent of respondents say they are considering or planning to take a trip this summer. The survey also shows many are still keeping COVID-19 precautions in mind when traveling.  About 60 percent said they’re only looking to go on vacation with people in their households or those in their COVID “bubble.”


  • The Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial will be open to the public this year. Residents can attend in person as all distancing and COVID-19 capacity restrictions have been eased as of today. If individuals are not vaccinated, state officials strongly encourage wearing face masks to the ceremony. The event begins at 11 a.m. Monday, and is expected to last an hour. It will be live-streamed on the social media pages for the Virginia War Memorial and CBS6.


  • Planning officials in Chesterfield have begun rewriting the county’s zoning ordinance. As Ian Stewart reports, the initial phase of the two-year process includes a public outreach campaign.
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