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VPM Daily Newscast: December 7, 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, December 7, 2021: 

  • The state started the process of dismantling and moving the graffitied pedestal where Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Monument once stood. As VPM’s Whittney Evans reports, the plans were announced Sunday.   

  • Teachers in Virginia could see a 10 percent pay increase if Governor Ralph Northam gets his way. The Democrats’ final budget proposal includes a two-year pay increase that his office says would raise teacher salaries above the national average. The proposal would require local governments to match state increases. The idea still has to win approval from the General Assembly and Northam’s successor, Republican Glenn Youngkin. Youngkin, who takes office next month, campaigned on raising teacher pay. 

  • Before campaigning for governor, Youngkin earned hundreds of millions of dollars as a businessman working in private equity. He’s put some of that money in a blind trust. But some ethics experts say that’s not enough to avoid conflicts of interest. Ben Paviour has more

  • Henrico County is being sued by a group of environmental non-profits. They say Henrico’s sewer system has released about 66 million gallons of untreated sewage into the James River in only five years. Patrick Larsen reports

  • For those with a story to tell, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority is offering a free 8-week filmmaking class for aspiring filmmakers and producers. Whitcomb residents who are 18 or older are invited to participate in this program. An information session will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. To RSVP, contact Suzette Williams at [email protected]