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VPM Daily Newscast: September 16, 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 Thursday, September 16, 2021: 

  • Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the 2021 campaign is tonight at Appalachian School of Law. Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe will participate - but one candidate on the ballot won’t be present. Patrick Larsen spoke with Princess Blanding, of the newly formed Liberation Party. 

  • Striking workers at a Nabisco plant in Richmond may be able to go back to work soon. Ian Stewart has more. 

  • A Culpeper County couple is suing an electric company for trying to install internet cable lines along their property without their consent. Whittney Evans has more. 

  • The Chesapeake School Board has updated its nondiscrimination policy. It strengthens current language to include protections against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. According to WAVY-TV, the updated policy passed unanimously at a board meeting on Monday. State law required school boards to pass these nondiscrimination policies by the start of the school year, though Chesapeake Schools did not make that deadline. Additionally, the Chesapeake School board did not adopt the model non-discrimination policy recommended by the state department of education. 

  • Eastern Virginia Medical School and Sentara Healthcare want to increase access to diabetes-related education and care in Western Hampton Roads. Jonah Grinkewitz from partner station WHRV has more. 

  • Service Center Metals, is expanding its operation in Prince George County. The company provides aluminum rods, bars, and tubing to metal service centers across the U.S. The company is spending just over $100 million to build two new facilities, according to Virginia Business Magazine. The move is expected to create over 90 new jobs. Prince George County competed with Tennessee for the project. $350,000 of the money comes from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund, and another $900,000 will come from the Virginia Investment Performance Grant.