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VPM Daily Newscast: December 17, 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, December 17, 2021: 

  • About 900 people living in properties run by the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority could face eviction if they don’t pay rent by the end of the month. Meg Schiffres has more details. 

  • Governor Ralph Northam presented a $158 billion budget proposal today as his term draws to a close. His successor, Republican Glenn Youngkin, says there are points of agreement…but he wants to see larger tax cuts. Ben Paviour reports.   

  • The last public hearing on the newly drawn redistricting maps is happening this afternoon. The Supreme Court of Virginia is looking for feedback on the proposed maps for new voting districts for the House of Delegates, state Senate and U.S. Representatives. The hearing will be held virtually from 1 to 4 p.m. To RSVP, or to provide written feedback on the maps, email [email protected].   

  • Two groups that bid on Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee monument are protesting the proposal accepted by the city. According to the  Daily Progress, the Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation and Ratcliffe Foundation sent a letter to the city this week. The foundations call the plans “illegal.” The proposal, from the Jefferson School American Heritage Center, includes melting down the statue and commissioning a new piece of community art. The deadline for the city of Charlottesville to respond is right around Christmas.    

  • Norfolk Delegate Jay Jones is stepping down from his General Assembly seat. Ryan Murphy, from our partner station WHRO, explains why. 

  • Prince George County is under a boil water notice until sometime later today. The  Progress-Index reports, service was disrupted throughout the county – including several public schools – earlier this week because of maintenance. County officials say repairs are finished, but the system still needs to be flushed and disinfected. Anyone with questions is asked to call the Prince George Engineering and Utilities Department at 804-722-8706.