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VPM Daily Newscast: Jan. 4, 2023

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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 Jan . 4, 2023:   

Democratic senator looks to boost Virginia jury duty pay for the first time in 30 years
Reported by VPM News’ Ben Paviour

Sen. Lionell Spruill’s (D-Chesapeake) bill would increase the daily allowance for serving in a Virginia jury on a civil or criminal case to $100 a day, up from the current level of $30. 

Compensation reduced for nine injured in Unite the Right rally 
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans

In a filing, Judge Norman K. Moon affirmed the jury’s decision but reduced the award from $25 million to $350,000, based on Virginia’s statutory cap on punitive damages.

A new year, an old friendship and a frigid leap into 2023 
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans

For some adventurers, a polar plunge marks the start of a new year. The practice of jumping into near-freezing water is usually part of an annual fundraising event. But for Evans and her friend, Lindsey Franklin, it’s a cold-weather ritual they began during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

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