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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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Second Major Solar Farm Proposed For Henrico County’s Varina District

Henrico County may be set to get its second major solar farm in the Varina District that would include 85,000 tracking panels.

The Planning Commission has just found Virginia Solar’s proposed facility on 250 acres between Strath and Varina Roads substantially in accord with the county’s master plan, and sent it to the Board of Supervisors for review. Matthew Mears is a Partner with Virginia Solar and says the site is perfect and affordable. “It’s a former sand a gravel pit, not that much great uses for the land.”

Spirit Airlines To Begin Low-Cost Fares from RIC to Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale in March

Richmond International Airport is getting a new cut-rate airline, more options for Florida destinations, and is approaching its all-time high record for passenger service.

Spirit Airlines will begin daily non-stop service to both Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Orlando International beginning March 15, 2018. And Troy Bell at RIC says it will feature low fares. “I’ve heard a fare this morning for members of the $9 Fare Club, below $30 as an introductory fare.”

Richmond and Henrico Police Hold Safety Seminars For Faith Community

Both Richmond and Henrico have scheduled forums this week for religious gathering places to increase their security and help to protect people within and the surrounding property.

The programs are not new, but have gotten increased attention as the result of the Texas shootings. Richmond Police Lt. Ken Roane says they plan to share simple procedures that can dramatically increase the security of these sanctuaries.

Dominion Notifies NRC Of Intent To Relicense North Anna Station Through 2060

Dominion Virginia Power has just notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its intent to relicense the North Anna Power Station in Louisa to operate until the year 2060.

North Anna’s first reactor went on line in 1978, and it was licensed for 40 years. That was extended another 20. Now Dominion wants to secure another 20. I asked Rick Zuercher, Dominion’s nuclear spokesperson how they can assure it will be safe.