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VPM Daily Newscast: May 13, 2022

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, May 13, 2022  

Richmond-area feeling the impact of Islamophobia again 
Reported by VPM News' Meg Schiffres 

In the midst of the Ramdan celebration this year, vandals broke into and desecrated the West End Islamic Community Center. While authorities have not identified the incident as a hate crime yet, some community members say it felt like one. Experts say recent events in Virginia show the commonwealth still struggles to address hate crimes against Muslims. 

  Sunday is the last day to apply for pandemic rent relief through the state 
Reported by WAMU News' Margaret Barthel 

The Virginia Rent Relief Program, which provided pandemic eviction relief, is closing to new applications after this Sunday, May 15. The program uses federal aid money to pay rent for people who have been financially affected by the pandemic and who meet certain income requirements. 

Richmond Times-Dispatch reporters discuss book banning investigation 
Reported by VPM News' Megan Pauly 

There’s been a historic level of book banning at schools across the country. Two Richmond Times-Dispatch reporters took a comprehensive look at this issue in Virginia and sent public records requests to every school district in the state. They found 23 districts have pulled books from school libraries since August 2020.

Some of these stories were  produced with assistance from the  Public Media Journalists Association Editor Corps  funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

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