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VPM Daily Newscast: October 13, 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, October 13, 2021: 

  • Virginia’s pandemic grant program distributed $120 million to small businesses and nonprofits through the early months of this year. A new analysis from VPM shows the Rebuild Virginia program didn’t reach all applicants equally. Ben Paviour has more. 

  • Former President Barack Obama is coming to Richmond. Obama will headline a rally for Democrat Terry McAuliffe on Saturday, October 23. First Lady Jill Biden and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams will also stump for McAuliffe this weekend as he tries to win back the executive mansion. The first lady will appear with McAuliffe in Henrico on Friday. Abrams, a former candidate for Georgia governor, will be in Norfolk this Sunday. Polls show McAuliffe holds a thin lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin in the governor’s race. 

  • A candidate running to represent Chesapeake in the House of Delegates was arrested at a school board meeting this week. Mechelle Hankerson, the news director of our partner station WHRV, reports. 

  • Charlottesville’s interim city manager will officially resign at the end of this month. Yesterday, Chip Boyles told Charlottesville’s city council that he wanted to step down, after disputes over who will lead the city’s police department. 

  • In a letter obtained by VPM, Boyles highlighted that his decision to fire the city’s police chief impacted his relationships with the community and mayor, as well as his personal well-being. Boyles’ resignation will be effective October 29th. 

  • Dominion Energy will begin disconnecting service for customers who are two months behind on their bills. Since Virginia is no longer in a state of emergency during the pandemic, utility shut offs can now resume,  according to NBC12. So, Dominion customers shouldn’t be alarmed if they receive a robocall from the company warning them about balances due. Company officials say if someone calls and threatens to shut off power immediately - if a customer does not pay up – that could be a scam. Payment plans and additional assistance are also available, by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP.  

Ian M. Stewart is the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.