VPM Daily Newscast: Oct. 11, 2022
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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Oct. 11, 2022:
Black history museum to face trial over plans for Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee monument
Reported by VPM News' Whittney Evans
A trial is scheduled for February in a lawsuit to stop a Black heritage museum in Charlottesville, from melting down a monument to Robert E. Lee that was taken down in 2021. The bronze statue once belonged to the city and was located in a park near the city’s downtown mall, before council voted to donate the monument to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
The meaning of Columbus, his image and history continue to evolve
Reported by VPM News' Patrick Larsen
By the end of 1927, the Christopher Columbus statue was installed in Richmond’s Byrd Park as a symbol of resilience for the Italian community. It would stay there until June 2020, when it was one of many Columbus statues worldwide that was toppled by protesters following the murder of George Floyd. Although the statue was unchanged, public perception around the explorer’s legacy, particularly his brutality against Native Americans, had.
Time is tight for Richmond to open seasonal homeless shelter
Reported by VPM News' Meg Schiffres
The Richmond City Council planned to open a new shelter on Nov. 1. But delays in the project mean they won’t even begin selecting a location until later this week.
In other news:
Virginia prison agency expands addiction treatment program for people on probation – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Lancaster’s 1st Black Delegate, Armistead S. Nickens, gets official day & highway marker – News on the Neck
Two homes ‘total loss’ after fire spreads in Richmond neighborhood - 8News
In case you missed it:
Doula services now covered under Virginia Medicaid expansion – Virginia Mercury
Former Thomas Dale teacher charged with sexually assaulting a student who lived with him – The Progress-Index
No fees for big dogs as Charlottesville shelter looks to up adoptions – The Daily Progress