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VPM Daily Newscast: August 4, 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 Wednesday, August 4, 2021: 

  • Eviction filings in Virginia rose in April and May, according to a new report from the RVA Eviction Lab at VCU. As Ben Paviour reports, lawmakers in Virginia are looking at extending state-level programs to keep people in their homes. 

  • The Richmond Public Housing Authority, RRHA, has updated its policy about how it bars certain visitors from its housing developments. VPM’s Megan Pauly reports. 

  • The Richmond and Henrico Health Departments are hosting walk-up events today so students can get their required physicals and  vaccinations. Middle and high schoolers can get their back to school shots, including measles, mumps and hepatitis, at River City and MLK Middle Schools between 12 and 2 p.m. All K-12 students can head over to John Marshall High School tomorrow, between 10 and 4 p.m., for vaccines and physicals. Health officials say COVID-19 shots will be available at all of these locations. These events are free, and no registration is needed. Masks are required.    

  • On Monday, the Richmond School Board met for their first in-person general meeting since the beginning of the pandemic. At the event, board members focused on how to spend new stimulus funds from the Biden administration. Alan Rodriguez Espinoza reports

  • Governor Ralph Northam included language in his proposed budget that would speed up legislation for name, image, and likeness rights deals for college athletes in Virginia. NIL legislation has been requested by several college administrators, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It would create one standard for colleges across the state, allowing players to financially benefit from their image and likeness, while also putting in place safeguards that would prevent promotions linked with gambling, drugs and alcohol. If passed during this week’s special session of the General Assembly, Virginia would join over two dozen other states that have recently passed NIL legislation. 

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