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VPM Daily Newscast: August 3, 2022

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VPM Daily Newscast for Aug. 3, 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 Aug. 3, 2022:      

Two men accused of plotting mass shooting in Richmond head to court  
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans 

A Richmond judge will decide Wednesday whether there’s enough evidence to move ahead with a trial in the case of two men who Richmond Police say were plotting a mass shooting on July 4. However, the men are charged with possession of firearms as noncitizens, not with plotting a mass shooting. Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith credited a “hero citizen” with the tip that led investigators to a home where they recovered weapons and ammunition. Since then, police have given conflicting information about the details of the case, raising questions about the evidence against the men. 

A Charlottesville city employee who attended the Jan. 6 insurrection will remain on the payroll 
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans 

City of Charlottesville officials say the employee has been interviewed three times by the FBI over the past year and a half – and has not been charged with any action related to his presence at the capital. During a city council meeting this week, the interim City Manager said he’s spoken with the employee and that they have provided a letter of apology to the city. 

Mountain Valley Pipeline completion sought in economic agreement by national Democrats
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 

A one-page summary of permitting provisions included in the economic legislation agreed to by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), and  posted by Politico, show that the West Virginia senator was able to secure a commitment from Democratic leaders to complete construction of the long-postponed Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

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Ian M. Stewart is the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.