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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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Petersburg Publishes Names of Delinquent Taxpayers

The City of Petersburg is pursuing delinquent taxpayers.

They are doing it by publishing a list of delinquent taxpayers, and so far have collected about 581 thousand dollars from 70 accounts.

Before he was fired, former city manager William Johnson blamed the city’s financial woes on some 3.5 million in unpaid property taxes, among other things.

Conference on Aging: How to Keep Them Home

A conference is underway in Richmond this week about keeping aging Virginians in their homes as long as possible, and provide affordable alternatives when it isn’t.

It is the inaugural Governor’s Conference on Aging to determine how Virginians can live longer, healthier lives, how to improve housing and transportation, long-term care, financial security and livable communities.

Health Care, social services and government workers from across the state are in Richmond this week sharing ideas and hoping to come up with some proposals that could become public policy.

Skyline Drive Reopened; Some Trails Remain Closed Following Forest Fire

Sections of the Skyline Drive have reopened and flight restrictions have been lifted near the Shenandoah National Park.

Authorities say that fire that burned thousands of acres of the park has now been fully contained. At its height, it stretched across more than 10,000 acres, one of the largest in the park’s 80-year history.

Cleanup continues and a portion of the Apalachian trail and other nearby trails are still closed today (5/2), so workers can be sure they are safe for hikers.

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire.

Four Richmond High Schools Rated Among Best In The Nation

Four Richmond high schools have been rated among the best in the state and the nation according to U.S. News and World Report.

Richmond Community and Open High schools were ranked among the top 10 schools in Virginia, and received a Gold Medal ranking, an award designated for the top 500 schools in the nation based on the highest college readiness.

John Marshall and Franklin Military Academy received Bronze medal rankings, a distinction awarded to only 18% of the high schools in the nation, based on state exam performance.

Petersburg School Division and State Board of Education Agree on Turnaround Plan

Petersburg and the Commonwealth of Virginia have agreed on a turnaround plan for the city’s troubled school system. The State Board of Education unanimously passed a plan yesterday (4/28) spelling out the duties of the Petersburg School Board and superintendent and the state’s role in the process. For the first time, it would withhold some state funds unless and until the district complies with the memorandum of understanding and with a corrective plan of action that lays out directives and timelines that is due this summer.

Council Agrees To Reduce Mayor’s Security Detail

Richmond City Council has agreed to reduce the number of the members in the mayor’s security detail. It was a work session on the budget, and the one thing most did agree on.

The budget for executive protection was up to half a million dollars this fiscal year. Councilman Charles Samuels wrote the budget amendment, noting that on a trip to Denver two years ago, he saw a couple of Richmond police officers protecting the mayor and he didn’t see the need.

Henrico School Board Renames Harry F. Byrd Middle School to Quioccasin Middle School

The Henrico County School Board last night, voted to change the name of Byrd Middle School to Quioccasin Middle School, effective July 1st.

Tuckahoe District Board member Lisa Marshall made the motion. School Board member Roscoe Cooper abstained.

The board decided against naming it for an individual, because there were too many worthy people mentioned to select any one of them.

During the public comment period, there was concern that money had not been set aside to finish the job. But for those who fought for the change, it was a time for gratitude.

Hanover Supervisors Approve RVA Sports Park Complex

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has just approved a major sports facility, expected to attract 400,000 annual visits and considered unique on the East Coast.

The RVA Sports Park will include 27.5 acres for three outdoor fields for baseball and softball and an 86,000-square foot indoor training facility. It will be located on the Western side of Lakeridge Parkway and include buffer areas around the northern and western borders to shield it from neighborhoods.

Henrico County School Board To Rename Byrd Middle School

The Henrico County School Board is set to rename Harry F. Byrd Middle School today (4/28).

The name change is the culmination of efforts that begin last summer, when some students and residents proposed stripping the name of the man who, among other things, was known as the architect of massive resistance in 20th Century Virginia.

They argued the school, which has a 50% minority enrollment, should not be named for someone who didn’t want them there.

Richmond Area Unemployment Rate Unchanged From March, Down From A Year Ago

The Richmond area’s unemployment rate was unchanged from February, but lower than last year at this time.

Construction and tourism jobs are ramping up…the number of people at work has increased and unemployment is down from last year.

The local rates have not been adjusted for seasonal factors.

The number of people counted as employed increased by 15,820 from March of last year.