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VPM Daily Newscast: November 2, 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, November 2 2021: 

  • Registrars are already counting early votes in the hopes of reducing delays in election results. Even so, we won’t know the official results of any races on Election Night. Patrick Larsen has more. 

  • In a last push before Election Day, civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton visited Richmond to speak in support of a voter referendum to build a casino. As Meg Schiffres reports, Sharpton and elected officials in Richmond have financial ties to the developers. 

  • Twenty barbers stationed at Fort Lee have won the right to keep 53 percent of their earnings after being on strike since July. Barbers at the military site were making that amount until 2019, when a new contractor was hired to manage workers. When the price per haircut increased, the barbers’ pay did not. This prompted the union to go on strike. The discrepancy reduced some barbers' wages by $1000 per month according to  The Progress-Index. Under the new agreement, if the price of a haircut goes up, they’ll earn their percentage based on the increase. 

  • How much say parents should or shouldn’t have on what’s taught in public schools has become a flashpoint of Virginia’s gubernatorial election. It’s a debate that’s been playing out at school boards across the state, including in Central Virginia. Megan Pauly reports.