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VPM Daily Newscast: July 2, 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, July 2, 2021: 


  • Representative Elaine Luria will serve on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th riots at the U.S. Capitol. The panel is tasked with exploring why the attack happened and how to prevent anything like it happening again. Luria said she expects the committee will hold its first public hearing after the July 4th recess. 

  • Minor league baseball teams took a financial hit when the pandemic shuttered their 2020 season. Senator Mark Warner made a stop yesterday at The Diamond, home to Richmond’s Flying Squirrels, to talk about a new bipartisan bill that aims to help teams recover. Ian Stewart reports.

  • Virginia is one step closer to getting a massive wind farm off its coast. Federal officials are launching a review of the project. If all goes well, they could approve it in the next few years. From partner station WHRV, Sam Turken has more. 

  • Yesterday, Chesterfield lifted the local state of emergency that had been in place due to the pandemic. Despite the end of this declaration, Chesterfield will continue to follow state and federal COVID-19 safety measures, such as providing masks and hand sanitizer in county offices. Chesterfield will also maintain its COVID-19 webpage, and offer virtual access to official meetings via their Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

  • There is a new monument in Richmond. It was erected by advocates calling for alternatives to sending kids to prison. As Whittney Evans reports, it features 160-foot tall portraits hanging from city hall. 

  • The Virginia Department of Health is warning the public about harmful algal  blooms on the Upper Pamunkey Branch of Lake Anna in Orange and Spotsylvania counties. People are advised to avoid all contact with the lake in these areas until algae concentration returns to more normal levels. Pets should also be kept out of the water. Follow-up monitoring of the lake is planned for July 8th, weather permitting. Contact with cyanobacteria can cause skin rashes and gastro-intestinal illnesses. For more information, go to swimhealthyVA.com. 

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