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VPM Daily Newscast: September 21, 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, September 21, 2021: 

  • Police are investigating a shooting that happened Monday at Heritage High School in Newport News. Two students were rushed to the hospital, after suffering gunshot wounds. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Newport News Police say a suspect is in custody. 

  • Two groups of partisan map-drawers presented new drafts for the Virginia Redistricting Commission to consider. The commission has until October 10th to recommend new district boundaries, but disagreements persist. Patrick Larsen reports. 

  • A real estate listing for a building that used to host slave auctions has stirred up debate in Charlottesville. The property at 0 Court Square in downtown was listed online for more than $1 million. Sellers suggested the building could be used as a residential or office space. Some members of the Charlottesville community are advocating for a recontextualization of the building. One idea is to turn it into a museum. The online listing has since been removed. It’s unclear if the building sold. 

  • A court date has been set between the city of Petersburg and the owner of the former Ramada Inn along I-95. The inn closed in 2015 to make way for mixed use development with apartments. The project has been delayed several times and the inn has become an eyesore. According to the Progress Index, the city’s suit is asking Chris Harrison, owner of the Inn, to take care of the property. If he doesn’t, the suit asks the city to be allowed to take control and potentially destroy the building. The case has been set for June 13, 2022 in Petersburg Circuit Court. 

  • The removal of the Robert E. Lee statue from Richmond’s Monument Avenue this month drew eyes from around the country. Among those watching was C.J. Hunt, a field producer on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and a film director. His documentary, ‘The Neutral Ground,’ released this summer, looks at the city of New Orleans’ own struggle with Confederate monuments. He spoke about the legacy of the Lost Cause with VPM’s Patrick Larsen.