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VPM Daily Newscast: June 22, 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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  • The father of Donovon Lynch filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Virginia Beach and the police officer who fatally shot his son. Hannah Schuster, from our partner station WHRV, has the details.
  • Yesterday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced 70% of adults 18 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Virginia is the 16th state to accomplish President Joe Biden’s goal to give at least one shot to that percentage of adults by July 4th. To date, over 8.8 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Virginia, and over 60% of adults are fully vaccinated.
  • The City of Richmond Planning Commission has been considering proposals to temporarily renovate sites of former Confederate monuments. The plans would remove the empty pedestals as longer-term options are considered, but commission chair Rodney Poole and other members have expressed concerns. 
  • Construction is underway to install a “green street” in Southside Richmond, but experts say maintenance is integral to the project’s long term success. Clara Haizlett has more.
  • Two Washington Mystics players are among the 12 WNBA stars who will compete for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Catherine Whelan, from our partner station WAMU, reports.
Ian M. Stewart is the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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