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VPM Daily Newscast June 10, 2021

VPM's daily newscast contains all your Central Virginia news in just 5 to 10 minutes. 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 Thursday, June 10, 2021: 

  • About 8 percent of registered voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary, down about two points from 2017’s record. But data from the Virginia Public Access Project shows it’s still among the highest tallies for Democratic primaries since the early 1990s.  

  • The primary race for Richmond’s top prosecutor was a sweeping victory for incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin. McEachin defeated her opponent, criminal defense attorney Tom Barbour, with more than 72 percent of the vote. Barbour said McEachin’s office lacked transparency and didn’t do enough to enact progressive reforms. McEachin touted her efforts to hold police officers accountable and expand programs that keep people out of jail. 

  • The F-B-I says it believes the gunman in the 20-19 Virginia Beach mass shooting “was motivated by perceived workplace grievances.” Hannah Schuster from our partner station WHRV, reports. 

  • Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is leading a vaccination effort, challenging the nation’s mayors to get 70-percent of their populations one shot before July 4th. Stoney’s co-chairing the effort with Dayton, Ohio’s mayor, Nan Whaley. According to the Richmond City Health District, just over 52 percent of Richmonders have received their first shot. 

  • Richmond’s Office of Equitable Transit Mobility is launching the public engagement phase of its multi-modal transportation plan. Comments will be gathered in the community to help create an equitable transit system to address long standing inequalities. These “Tacos for Transportation” events will take place on three Saturdays in late June and July. In exchange for taking a survey, attendees will receive a ticket for a free taco.