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VPM Daily Newscast: July 15, 2022

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Friday, July 15, 2022     

New study shows most Virginians in prisons and jails come from small communities 
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans  

The report, by the New Virginia Majority and Prison Policy Initiative, shows some of the least populous counties, like Buchanan, Lee, and Dickinson, have among the highest rates per capita, with more than 1,100 people in prison per 100,000. The organizations were able to analyze the data because of a 2020 Virginia law that ensures incarcerated people would be counted as residents of their home addresses, rather than the community where the prison or jail is located.  

Green infrastructure projects are growing at Richmond-area libraries
Reported by VPM News’ Ian Stewart 

The James River Association has been installing “bio-retention basins” at libraries throughout Richmond, which include native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants that hug the building to help capture stormwater runoff. Officials with the association say these projects can also be set up at home to help fight environmental pollution.  

“Ketchup” on all the fun at the Hanover Tomato Festival this weekend 
Reported by VPM News Intern Katharine DeRosa 

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Hanover Tomato Festival will be returning to Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. Festivities include a Friday night pizza relay course, a tomato scavenger hunt on Saturday and of course Hanover tomatoes from local farmers. The festival has been around for over 40 years and has attracted upwards of 20,000 to 40,000 visitors in the past, according to the  Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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