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VPM Daily Newscast: July 22, 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, July 22, 2021: 

  • The Virginia Department of Health, along with the department of education, released new guidance for preK-12 schools yesterday as students prepare to resume in-person instruction. Megan Pauly reports

  • Virginia Commonwealth University is requiring all students to be vaccinated  against COVID-19 in order to return to the classroom in the fall. But according to the university’s vaccine dashboard, less than 50 percent have verified they’ve received the shot. In a statement, a spokesperson for the school said students have a month-long grace period, until August 16, to get vaccinated. If they miss that deadline, they run the risk of getting a hold on their account. Exemptions can be made for students who have religious or medical reasons for not getting the vaccine 

  • The drinking water coming out of your tap is tested regularly. But a State Inspector General report released last month found flaws in the state agency overseeing that work. Ben Paviour has more

  • 95 percent of U.S. hospitals are not complying with new rules that require them to post their prices online. That’s according to a new report that surveyed 500 hospitals. Hospitals out of compliance include Chippenham and the VCU Medical Center in the Richmond area, as well as Sentara’s Norfolk General. Hannah Schuster of partner station WHRV reports. 

  • A Norfolk man who spent 22 years behind bars for a drive-by-shooting in which those involved say he did not take part, will now be released from prison. Governor Ralph Northam broke the news that he’d pardoned Bobbie Morman Jr on a zoom video call with Mormon and his family. The Virginian-Pilot reports the state’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court previously denied Morman’s appeals. It wasn’t until the Innocence Project, at the University of Virginia School of Law, took up Morman’s case in 2015 that it got another look. He was originally sentenced to serve 48 years in prison.