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Charles Fishburne is a correspondent for WCVE Public Radio. He brings over 40 years experience as a broadcast journalist and news executive in Richmond, Washington D.C. and New York. Charles was also a long-time television news anchor and news director in Richmond.

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Henrico Board of Supervisors Funds School Budget Gap, But With Concerns About Process

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors last night approved 5.3 million dollars to offset a revenue shortfall in the school budget, but they were not happy about it.

The shortfall occurred because of lagging sales tax revenues and overestimated student enrollment projections.

Brooklyn District Supervisor Harvey Hinson said, “It shocks me, that we are not getting the numbers right.”

Varina Supervisor Tyrone Nelson said, “I have no intention of voting against it, I just want to know what happens if we don’t.”

New Mental Health Requirements For Faster Service Signed Into Law

Governor McAuliffe yesterday signed three bills to make mental health services more accessible to people in need.

The first requires same-day service for assessments, and the Governor signed it in Chesterfield, which served as a model for the states’ 40 community service boards. Governor McAuliffe says, “Chesterfield has become a great example of how changing the way services are provided, can yield great outcomes.”

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-miscegenation Statues In Virginia and 15 Other States 50 Years Ago Today.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia…a Caroline County case that struck down bans on interracial marriage in Virginia and 15 other states.

Mildred literally married the boy next door in Washington, in June of 1958 and she and Richard returned to Virginia, where they were arrested in the middle of the night. Mildred Loving says, “It was about two am, and I saw this light, you know and I woke up and there was the policeman standing beside the bed.”

Alexandria Man Convicted of Supporting Terrorism

An Alexandria man, who quit his job as a DC bus driver and traveled to Islamic State territory, has been found guilty of supporting terrorism, and faces possible life in prison.

Twenty-seven year old Mohamad Khweis was tried in the Eastern District of Virginia and Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond says the evidence was against him.

“There were many pieces of evidence that looked suspicious, like his destruction of his cellphone, encryption, not telling anybody he was going, and then his own testimony was often inconsistent.”

The Virginia Supreme Court Considers Punishing Two Judges For Alleged Inappropriate Political Activity

The Virginia Supreme Court heard freedom of speech arguments yesterday, that could lead to punishment of two retired judges accused of inappropriate political activity.

It stems from a recommendation from the Virginia Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission, that the two retired judges campaigned against relocating the Augusta County courthouse and that constitutes political activity, and that they should be retired, censured or removed. Both the ACLU and the Rutherford

Second Rabies Case Confirmed in Henrico

A rabid raccoon has been found in Henrico county, second confirmed case this year, and this is the season animal control officials say, it’s time to keep your pets’ rabies vaccinations current.

Henrico County Police Lt. Chris Garrett said the last attack happened in the 9200 block of Classic Road, “where a raccoon was inside of a home that was fighting with a cat. While trying to break up the fight, a family member was bitten on the hand by the raccoon.”

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner on Intelligence Committee Hearings Beginning Today

The Senate Intelligence Committee meets today (6/7/17) the first round of the highly-charged investigation into President Trump’s alleged meddling in ongoing investigations involving Russian collusion in American elections.

Today, the committee is set to hear from the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and NSA Director Mike Rogers.

Family Files 40 Million Dollar Suit over Inmate Death at Hampton Roads Regional Jail

The family of a 60-year old inmate has filed a 40 million dollar lawsuit over his death at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail.

Henry Stewart died last August, of a ruptured ulcer in his stomach, two days after filing a grievance with the jail regarding his lack of access to medical care.

Law Professor at the University of Richmond Carl Tobias said, “given the statistics about the number of people who have died at that facility, there may be real questions about some lack of care given the people who are incarcerated."

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