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VPM Daily Newscast April 23, 2021

VPM's daily newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. Hosted by Benjamin Dolle, episodes are recorded the night before so you can wake up prepared.

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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Friday, April 23, 2021:

  • Gov. Ralph Northam is loosening some of the restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In a video released yesterday, Northam credited a strong vaccine rollout for allowing the changes.
     
  • Virginia is now fully in Phase 2 of administering the COVID-19 vaccine. All residents 16 and older are currently eligible to get a shot. As of yesterday, over 3.5 million Virginians have received at least one dose, and over 26% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. Virginians can register for the vaccine online or call (877)-VAX-IN-VA. 
     
  • Today marks 70 years since students at Moton High School in Farmville walked out of class to protest racial segregation in Prince Edward County public schools. The Moton Museum, which is located at the former school’s building, will host a virtual event today to commemorate the anniversary. Calvin Pynn, from our partner station WMRA, has the story.
     
  • The Henrico School Board selected Roscoe Cooper of the Fairfield District to serve as its new chairman yesterday. Cooper replaces former Chairwoman Micky Ogburn, who stepped down earlier this month after facing backlash for sharing an insensitive Facebook post. 
     
  • Nearly half of Democratic voters in a new survey say they back former Gov. Terry McAuliffe to become the party’s nominee for his old office. The poll, from Christopher Newport University, shows McAullife with a nearly 40-point advantage over his closest rival, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Fairfax is statistically tied with two other contenders, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan and former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy. Over a quarter of those surveyed said they are undecided.The survey also shows Attorney General Mark Herring with a 20-point edge over his rival, Del. Jay Jones, but Jones has gained ground since the last survey. Roanoke Del. Sam Rasoul leads a crowded field for lieutenant governor. The races are likely to evolve. Early voting for the June 8 primary begins today.