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VPM Daily Newscast June 15, 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 Tuesday, June 16, 2021: 

  • After more than a year of battling the spread of COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Corrections is reporting zero active coronavirus cases in state prisons.  As Whittney Evans reports, new data puts the death toll and infection rates in context. 

  • Virginia Senator Mark Warner is part of a bipartisan coalition that has put together an alternative to President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal. The cost of this version is about $900 billion. Speaking with the Washington Post yesterday, Warner described the challenges of trying to pay for the package the group has proposed. Warner and the other nine US senators put their proposal together after talks between Biden and West Virginia Republican senator Shelley Moore-Capito failed to reach a compromise. 

  • Tonight, Chesterfield residents will have the chance to comment on what the county should do with over $68 million in federal money. The funds come from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Budget officials will give a short presentation on the county’s Facebook page starting at 6:30 this evening, followed by a question-and-answer period. The public will have another chance to weigh in on the distribution of these funds at the Board of Supervisors meeting a week from tomorrow. 

  • Two measures protecting Virginians from being evicted are slated to end later this month. This comes as nearly 160,000 residents fear they could lose their homes soon because they won't be able to make their rent. That’s according to the U.S. Census Bureau. From partner station WHRV, Sam Turken has more.