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VPM Daily Newscast: September 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 Friday, September 24, 2021: 

  • The night before the Robert E. Lee statue was removed from Richmond’s Monument Avenue; all traces of the movement that led to it being taken down were confiscated and stored by state officials.  Meg Schiffres reports

  • Petersburg has banned firearms in the city’s public areas. According to the Progress-Index, Petersburg City Council passed the law earlier this week. It prohibits guns in any place open to the public, such as streets, public parks, and city buildings. The move comes after localities were given the power to enact local ordinances in July. A violation of the ban could result in up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Some citizens have argued that the language in the local law is too vague and could result in unjustified charges.   

  • Yesterday, Virginia’s Redistricting Commission again struggled with directing its map drawers on which data to prioritize. As Patrick Larsen reports, the group is preparing drafts for the final two weeks of deliberations. 

  • Football players and fans at Monacan high school will have to wait awhile to play and watch their next game. As Ian Stewart explains, the program has been temporarily postponed due to COVID-19. 

  • Riverside Jail will remain open under a new agreement with the Virginia Board of Local and Regional Jails. The board voted Wednesday to allow the jail to remain open under conditions currently unknown to the public. The agreement has not yet been finalized, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Closure was originally recommended by a review committee after an investigation found that jail staff may have been directly or indirectly responsible for three prisoner deaths, and that they had failed to meet minimum correctional standards.