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VPM Daily Newscast June 11, 2021

VPM's daily newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. 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, June 11, 2021: 

  • At their meeting last week, the Chesterfield School Board approved a resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ+ month.  As Ian Stewart reports, it comes in the midst of the board creating a policy to codify transgender rights.

  • Yesterday, Governor Ralph Northam signed into law a new reform to Virginia’s probation system. The bill, sponsored by Portsmouth Delegate Don Scott, places a limit of one year of probation for a misdemeanor, and five years for a felony. It also restricts the length of prison sentences for parole violations. The law goes into effect on July 1. 

  • Virginia will receive over $15 million in federal funding to help residents obtain affordable housing. The Virginia Housing Authority will receive the largest share of the funds, about $5 million. Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority is set to receive just over $1.3 million. 

  • As Virginia prepares to legalize simple possession of marijuana, a watchdog group is urging the state to make changes to the new law. Ally Schweitzer, from our partner station WAMU, reports

  • Today, a post office in Chesterfield County will be renamed for a World War Two code breaker. Rep. Abigail Spanberger sponsored the legislation to honor Dorothy Braden Bruce, who was from Midlothian. She served in a top-secret group of women who worked to disclose the locations of Japanese ships in the Pacific. Bruce was 99-years-old when she died in 20-19. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the post office on Sycamore Square Drive in Midlothian. 

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