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VPM Daily Newscast: October 29, 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, October 29, 2021:

  • Opening arguments began yesterday in the civil trial against the white nationalists who organized the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Plaintiffs say they have ample evidence to show Richard Spencer, Christopher Cantwell and groups like Identity Evropa carefully planned the violence that occurred on August 11 and 12 of 2017. Brawls broke out between far-right groups and anti-racist activists. Numerous people were injured, and one woman was killed. Defendants say their language on social media and chat forums may have been reprehensible, but they had no way of knowing what would happen in Charlottesville over those two days. 

  • Dominion Energy is becoming a talking point in the Virginia governor’s race...with Republican Glenn Youngkin stepping up attacks. But as Ben Paviour reports, he hasn’t spelled out his policies around the politically influential company. 

  • Richmond voters will decide on their ballots whether to allow a casino to open in the city’s Southside neighborhood.  Meg Schiffres has more detail s

  • For the first time in three decades, Republican Delegate Kirk Cox will not be running for reelection in the 66th House District. As Patrick Larsen reports, the district he leaves behind is very different from even a few years ago - and is no longer a safe bet for Republicans. 

  • Today is the deadline for Richmond residents to apply for CARES Act relief funds to help cover past-due utility bills. Customers who are behind on payments between March 1 and November 1 of this year can apply. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, late fees will be reinstated for accounts over 30 days past due on November 1. To apply for the relief, residents can visit the city’s department of public utilities website, at

  • The  CDCsays it's safe for all of the little ghosts and super heroes to go trick or treating this weekend.  Officials recommend people wear face masks and sanitize their hands in between each candy bowl. Those handing out treats should maintain physical distancing. For families that don’t feel comfortable trick or treating due to the ongoing pandemic, other activities highly encouraged include pumpkin picking or visiting an apple orchard. 

  • The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development has once again rejected Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s annual plan. It’s the second time in three years the plan has been turned down.  As the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, it was rejected due to complaints from residents with disabilities and concerns over fair-housing laws. HUD also noted a lack of available housing in its review. RRHA must now seek another round of public comments before resubmitting the plan. 

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