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VPM Daily Newscast: Aug. 31, 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. 31, 2022:    

Charlottesville city leaders move to toss out former police chief’s wrongful termination suit

Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans 

Officials in the City of Charlottesville are asking a court to dismiss the wrongful termination lawsuit filed against them by former Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney. The motion filed Tuesday says the city manager’s decision to fire Brackney was due to quote “chaos and upheaval” in the police department and not discrimination or retaliation, which Brackney alleges.

Judge dismisses obscenity case seeking to bar two books from being sold to minors 

Reported by WHRO News’ Ryan Murphy  

A Virginia Beach judge threw out a lawsuit that would have prevented book sellers and libraries from selling or lending minors two books without parental consent. She said the requested restriction would mean any person who hands a copy of the book to a minor in the state would be guilty of a crime. With an impact that broad, the judge said it seems impossible to ensure that everyone who could be subject to the rule could respond to the lawsuit.

State-supported Amtrak routes see historically high ridership 

Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen 

In July, 110,000 people took a state-subsidized Amtrak train route in Virginia. That’s more than any month on record and exceeds pre-pandemic ridership levels by about 30%, according to the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority. Amtrak ridership nationally still lags slightly behind pre-pandemic levels, but the company is positioning itself for growth in coming years.

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