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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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Dominion: Bids Too High On Proposed Wind Farm Off Virginia Coast

Dominion Virginia Power is fighting to keep costs down on a pilot program to build wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach. First round of bids came in at over twice Dominion’s projected $230 million dollar cost estimate, and the company said in a teleconference yesterday (4/7) a key expense is the cost of huge oceangoing vessels needed to deliver and install the turbines.

Dominion wants to build the reseach turbines on a wind farm on 113 thousand acres in the Atlantic, 27-miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Search for Chesterfield County Administrator Progressing

The Search for a new county administrator for Chesterfield County is stepping up. Chesterfield is undertaking the difficult task of replacing 62-year old County Administrator James Stegmaier, who announced he is retiring in July, and a national search firm is ramping up its efforts to fill the job.

Yesterday (4/7), was the deadline in the application process, and a spokesperson for Waters & Company said there is a lot of interest and they are running on a short time-line.

Richmond Area Outpaces State and Nation in Job Growth and Low Unemployment

The Richmond area is outpacing both the state and the nation in job growth and low unemployment. The Virginia Employment Commission released February numbers yesterday (4/6).

That puts Richmond 13th, best among large metro areas in the county.

Chesterfield’s jobless rate was 3.9% down from 4.9% same time last year, Hanover 3.5%, down from 4.8% and Henrico 3.9%, down from 4.8% a year ago.

Wason Poll Shows Republican Defections if Trump is Nominee

A Wason Poll just released this morning (4/7), shows widespread Republican defections if Donald Trump is the Party nominee.

With contentious primary races testing party loyalty across the country, the Wason Center wanted to see where Virginians stood.

On the other hand, 90% of Virginia Democrats say they would vote for Hillary Clinton if she were their party’s nominee, and in a hypothetical matchup in Virginia, the polls shows Clinton over Trump 44-35%.

Historical Marker to Commemorate Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Decision

A landmark Supreme Court decision on interracial marriage is being recognized by Virginia with a historical marker. The marker commemorates the Loving v. Virginia case, which resulted in the United States Supreme court striking down Virginia’s laws against interracial marriage, setting a precedent for the nation.

Mildred Jeter, daughter of a sharecropper, married the boy next door, Richard Loving, son of a construction worker, and had a rude awakening. It was a crime in Virginia in 1958. The Supreme Court struck it down June 12th, 1967.

Petersburg City Council to Meet on Motion To Strip Mayor of His Title

Another tumultuous Petersburg City Council met last night (4/5), and a called to remove the mayor.

The city has been facing a major financial crisis. The city manager was let go and the city attorney resigned.

Last night another large crowd attended the council meeting and several residents went after the mayor. Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith moved he be stripped of his title and council decided to meet again Monday to discuss the motion.

Opponents to High Speed Rail Pack Ashland Meeting

There was more opposition to High Speed Rail through Ashland at a meeting last night.

It was supposed to be just an informational meeting, but some 200 people jammed into Patrick Henry High School, with many speaking against the high-speed rail project.

The plan is still just that, with three proposals under study, but residents don’t like two of them. One would add a third rail through Ashland, another would cut a bypass through mostly rural farmland. Residents say either would run their quality of life.

The third is a no-build option.

School Officials Threaten Possible School Closures Due To Budget Cuts

Richmond Public Schools may have to close Armstrong High and four elementary schools based on a shortfall in the proposed 2017 fiscal budget.

School officials call say they will consider closing Armstrong High, Cary Elementary, Swansboro, Overby-Shepherd and Southampton if they are forced to cut 18 million from the proposed budget.

School Board Chairman Jeffrey Bourne called it “a dangerous game of chicken,” with city council, but insisted they should begin the conversation about school closings before council acts.

FEMA Refuses Federal Aid For Virginia Tornado Victims

The Federal Government has denied a state request for financial aid for Virginians who lost homes and businesses to tornadoes that swept through dozens of localities February 24th.

Eight tornadoes moved through 12 localities, killing five people and injuring 45 others and doing an estimated 35 million dollars in damage.

But yesterday state officials got a letter from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate who said the damage was not severe enough to warrant federal money.

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