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VPM Daily Newscast: July 6, 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, July 6, 2021: 

  • While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an eviction moratorium for non-payment of rent through the end of this month, it does not apply to tenants with expired leases who want to stay, but whose landlords want them out. Megan Pauly reports. 

  • The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board has postponed consideration of a permit for a Mountain Valley Pipeline compressor station in Chatham. The Department of Environmental Quality had scheduled discussion of the permit for tomorrow - it is now expected to come up in September. The permit process has drawn criticism so far. The local NAACP chapter says residents haven’t had sufficient access to the Board to voice their worries. In a statement, Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor said the Board will use the time to fully consider information in the public record. 

  • President Joe Biden has nominated Virginia’s top trial lawyer to the federal bench. Solicitor General Toby Heytens most recently defended Governor Ralph Northam’s decision to remove the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond. Whittney Evans reports.   

  • As of yesterday, the Virginia Department of Health is reporting 71-and-a-half percent of residents -- 18 years and older -- have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and just over 62 percent are fully vaccinated. In total, just over 9-million doses have been administered, averaging 13-thousand-700 each day. Also as of yesterday, there were 122 new cases of COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 11,431 Virginians have died from the virus. 

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