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VPM Daily Newscast: Sept. 28, 2022

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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 Sept. 28, 2022:      

Richmond Mayor calls on federal review of local hospital  

Reported by VPM News  

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney called on federal officials to investigate a hospital on the city’s east side, which was the focus of a recent  New York Times report. The story claims Bon Secours Mercy Health, owner of Richmond Community Hospital, used a federal program to purchase drugs at a discounted price. The hospital was then reimbursed at a higher rate by insurance companies.  On Tuesday, Stoney requested a  review of the program, saying “If the Biden administration is serious about centering equity in all of its actions, then it must rectify these unethical policy flaws.”  

Virginia students stage walkouts to protest proposed guidance on treatment of trans children 

Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour and Megan Pauly  

Virginians are sounding off on Governor Glenn Youngkin’s proposed rollback of protections for transgender students. As of Tuesday night, around 20,000 comments have already been submitted  online. In an interview with VPM News, Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said they’re working on finding a system to review the posts. 

Richmond attempts holistic strategy to address gun violence 

Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen  

After witnessing a rise in gun violence in Richmond since 2020, community leaders called on the city to make a change. In response, they formed the Gun Violence Prevention and Intervention framework in April 2022. It’s holistic, encompassing programs and people from the city’s Department of Human Services, VCU Health, the Richmond Police Department and a constellation of community organizations.

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