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VPM Daily Newscast: August 24, 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, August 24, 2021: 


  • The Virginia Redistricting Commission is set to begin drawing new political maps next week. In a meeting yesterday, the group voted to start from scratch when they begin that work. Ben Paviour has more

  • Virginia student athletes have new protections from the General Assembly to secure their ability to sell their name, rights and images to brands outside of their college or university. As VPM News intern Adiah Gholston reports, NIL’s, as they’re called, are helping student athletes curate their own brand. 

  • This week, the White House announcedplans to make COVID-19 booster shots available by the end of next month. Yesterday, the State Vaccination Coordinator explained what the roll out will look like in Virginia. Ian Stewart has more. 

  • Unvaccinated Virginians developed COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive at a rate 12.5 times higher than their fully vaxxed counterparts this year. That’s according to the Virginia Department of Health’s updated COVID dashboard, available online. In a release, V-D-H says the new dashboard more clearly and accurately shows the efficacy of vaccines in the Commonwealth. It now compares case, hospitalization and death rates for fully, partially and unvaccinated populations. 

  • How many people in Hampton Roads are vaccinated against COVID-19? That simple and important question is, currently, impossible to answer. Ryan Murphy, from our partner station WHRV, explains why


  • The Afghan community in the U.S. have been watching from afar as the Taliban retook control of Kabul. One of them is Samira Khairkawa, who resettled in Charlottesville. She spoke with VPM’s Angela Massino on the phone, about what it’s been like for her family, and her uncle, who is still in Afghanistan. 

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