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VPM Daily Newscast: July 23, 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 23, 2021: 

  • A prisoner who is suing the Virginia Department of Corrections for refusing to allow him to take medication for his opioid dependency, is asking a federal appeals court to hear his case. As Whittney Evans reports, he claims the department’s policy violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

  • Yesterday, the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges approved changing the name of John Tyler Community College to Brightpoint Community College. As Ian Stewart reports, the new name was selected after a year of outreach, first initiated because of the murder of George Floyd. 

  • As the fall semester approaches, universities in the area are mixed on whether they should require their students to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Some are mandating it, while others are sticking to masks and social distancing. Alan Rodriguez Espinoza reports

  • In a mission to clean the Chesapeake Bay, Governor Northam is asking universities to play their part to reduce their production of pollutants before they reach Virginia’s waterways. VPM News intern Adiah Gholston has more

  • About 1% of US Olympians have ties to Hampton Roads, and at least three more athletes with local ties will compete on behalf of other nations. Ryan Murphy from partner station WHRV reports. 


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