VPM Daily Newscast: May 13, 2022
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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.
In Other News:
Virginia economy stays strong, as state revenues soar almost 46% in April – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Youngkin’s ‘almighty creator’ rhetoric in new diversity training offends some state employees – Virginia Mercury
National Park Service awards $16.2M to help preserve African American civil rights history
Virginia Museum of History & Culture reopens with two-day weekend celebration after $30 million renovation – Richmond Times-Dispatch
In Case You Missed It:
Petersburg leaders give governor their takes on the rise of gun violence – The Progress-Index
Liberty University, Jane Does settle lawsuit over Title IX cases - WDBJ7
PolitiFact VA: Is CO2 a pollutant? Some Virginia Republicans don't think so
"Political will," funding needed to combat increased flooding issues, experts say – VPM News, Capital News Service