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VPM Daily Newscast: Aug. 26, 2022

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VPM Daily Newscast

The VPM Daily Newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Episodes are recorded the night before.  

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Aug. 26, 2022:    

School safety worries Richmond parents as students return to class 
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour 

Attorney General Jason Miyares held a private roundtable on school safety with community leaders and politicians before emerging to distribute several dozen backpacks to students on Thursday as TV cameras and photographers looked on. Speaking to reporters afterward, the Republican didn’t directly address a question on calls for stricter gun laws. Instead, Miyares pointed to the General Assembly’s approval of  additional funding for school resource officers early this year as part of a solution to address violence in schools. 

More details released about Richmond’s gun buyback event 
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 

After filing a public information request, VPM News learned 152 people handed in 350 operating firearms.  Most of them were handguns, which is the type used most often in violent crime. Of those people, a third told the city they’d been meaning to get rid of their weapon but weren’t sure how. Some also said they wanted to have a gun-free home or were concerned about children gaining access to a firearm.

Michelle Mosby files state paperwork, hinting at a run for Richmond mayor 
Reported by VPM News’ Jahd Khalil 

Former City Council president Michelle Mosby has filed paperwork pointing to a run for Richmond mayor in 2024. VPM News obtained state data that shows Mosby filed a statement of organization to be a Democratic candidate for Richmond mayor on Aug. 12. Since the mayoral election isn’t on the ballot this November, a state election official says no candidates can officially file for that race.   

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