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VPM Daily Newscast: November 24, 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 Wednesday, November 24, 2021: 

  • Organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville will have to pay millions of dollars in damages for their involvement. But the jury couldn’t agree if they should be responsible for planning to commit racial violence at the rally. Patrick Larsen reports. 

  • HUD has awarded the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority a $450,000 grant. The money will be used to start the planning process to redevelop nearly 800 units in Gilpin Court, located in the Jackson Ward neighborhood. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the two-year process will build on community engagement work conducted through the city’s Richmond 300 Plan and Mayor Levar Stoney’s housing plan. This year also marks 150 years since Jackson Ward’s founding. A once prosperous hub of the Black community and commerce, construction of Interstate 95 / 64 in the 1950s divided the neighborhood and began a period of decline.  

  • As people gear up for long awaited embraces, COVID-19 still stands in the back of many families’ minds. VPM News intern Adiah Gholston spoke with VCU Health experts about how to keep your family safe this holiday season.  

  • Hampton University's Marching Force will perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this Thursday. It's the first time the band will perform at the event. Thomas Jones, the university's Director of Bands, says they're excited to represent Virginia on the national stage. He told our partner station WHRO that quote: "When we go out of town, when we go overseas, we carry Virginia on our backs." The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins on Thursday at 9 a.m. Hampton University will make their appearance around 10 a.m.  

  • Members of the Mattoponi Tribe are planning to protest during the annual tax tribute ceremony at the state Capitol today. According to the Virginia Mercury, they’re pushing for democratic tribal elections, women’s suffrage along with membership and reservation housing. As part of their effort, a group marched to Mattaponi Chief Mark Custalow’s house to deliver a petition --- announcing they would no longer recognize the tribal government. Chief Custalow filed charges against them. The group is being represented pro bono by former Virginia Attorney General Tony Troy and his law partner, state Senator Bill Stanley. Governor Ralph Northam’s office confirmed it is aware of the issues, but that none of the tribal members have directly contacted them