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VPM Daily Newscast: June 7, 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 Tuesday, June 7, 2022   

Racist and homophobic messages interrupt LGBTQ+ board meeting 
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen  

A virtual committee meeting of the Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory board in May was interrupted by a flood of racist and homophobic messages from anonymous accounts. Board leadership says they want more support from the state. The advisory board provides policy recommendations to the Governor. Board chairperson Lisa Turner received word from the Secretary of the Commonwealth promising a review of security policies. A spokesperson for Governor Glenn Youngkin condemned the interruptions in a statement to VPM.

History plane flyover organized to recognize 78 th anniversary of D-Day 
Reported by WMRA News’ Randi D. Hagi  

Four historic planes flew over the valley on Monday – leaving Staunton at 11:30 and passing over Fishersville, Waynesboro, Elkton, and Harrisonburg, and landing at Dynamic Aviation in Bridgewater. Two of them, Miss Virginia and Betsy's Biscuit Bomber, were Douglas C-47's – the same model as the warbirds that  delivered more than 13,000 paratroopers to the beaches of Normandy on June 6th, 1944. 

Portsmouth delegate will lead Democrats in General Assembly’s lower chamber 
Reported by WHRO News’ Ryan Murphy 

Portsmouth attorney and lawmaker Don Scott was elected as the minority leader of the Democratic caucus of the Virginia House of Delegates. Scott was chosen after former Democratic Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn from Northern Virginia was removed from party leadership in April. Now, Democrats in both chambers of the General Assembly answer to Portsmouth politicians.

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