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VPM Daily Newscast: June 25, 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 Friday, June 25, 2021: 

  • This week, the nonprofit Climate Central released its updated Warming Stripes graphics. Those show average temperatures in cities nationwide going back over a century. Patrick Larsen spoke to NBC 12 meteorologist Andrew Freiden about the changing climate.
  • After an unusual school year that was carried out mostly online Richmond schools held in-person graduation ceremonies this week. Alan Rodriguez Espinoza spoke with outgoing seniors about what their year was like.
  • Ryan Keith Cox, one of the victims of the 20-19 Virginia Beach mass shooting, has been posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal for his efforts to save his colleagues’ lives that day. The Carnegie award recognizes individuals who risk their lives to save others. The 50-year-old had worked as an account clerk in the public utilities department for 12 years. 
  • On Sunday, an interfaith coalition is hosting an event in Richmond to highlight recent anti-Semitic acts of violence. Confirmed speakers include Rabbi Hal Schevitz, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Virginia Sen. Ghazala Hasemi and Bishop Darryl Husband, among others. The event will take place at Congregation Beth Ahabah at 6 p.m. CDC protocols will be in place, including masks, if individuals are not fully vaccinated.
  • Four thousand workers at Newport News Shipbuilding are expected to take part in a massive overhaul of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. The project is scheduled to last four years and cost $3 billion. Paul Bibeau, from partner station WHRV, spoke with Gary Graham, a program director for Newport News Shipbuilding, about this undertaking.