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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 Plans To Reduce Residential Rates By 3.8 Percent Pending SCC Approval

Dominion Virginia Power plans to reduce residential rates by about 3.8% beginning July 1st.

Dominion says the plan to decrease a fuel charge is the result of efficient generating units, the low cost of natural gas, and milder weather. With SCC approval, Dominion will reduce the cost of electricity to some 2.1 million residential customers by about 3.8%.

That amounts to about $4.35 a month for 1,000 kilowatt hours, which is average.

The SCC will review the request but doesn’t expect any objections.

Kathy Abbott Elected to Ashland Town Council

Ashland Town Council has one new member following yesterday’s (5/3) elections. Kathy Abbot has been elected to Town Council according to unofficial election results. She was campaign manager to recently elected Board of Supervisor member Faye Prichard, and was unopposed in her bid for Town Council.

Ned Henson, the town’s vice mayor, did not seek re-election.

All other council members are returning.

Issues in town include the proposed high-speed rail project and what route it might take, revitalization of commercial corridors in town, and economic development.

Council Agrees To Another $9.5 Million for Schools

Richmond City Council has agreed to give the city school system an additional $9.5 million dollars in operating and capital funds over the mayor’s proposed budget.

Funding for city schools has been a hot button issue, to the point the school system threatened to shut down five schools. They asked for $18 million more in operating funds and $40 million in capital funds. The mayor’s school budget was flat.

Yesterday (5/3), council closed out its budget negotiations, agreeing to another $9.5 million.

CNN Talks Up Tim Kaine As Possible Democratic VP Running Mate

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine may be emerging as an early favorite to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate among major Democratic donors and congressional Democrats.

CNN yesterday (5/3) talked with Democratic Strategist Bob Beckel. He also talked about Julian Castro, Secretary of Housing and Masachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Preservationists Outline Pipeline Threats

Preservation Virginia has scheduled two news conferences today, to outline the potential threat of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to historical and scenic sites.

One is in Nelson County where an early 19th century archaeological site is in its path, another in Buckingham County and a community rooted in Post Civil War Emancipation, another a scenic crossing of the Rappahannock River near the Chesapeake Bay.

The Richmond-based group says the potential cumulative negative effects on Virginia’s heritage tourism industry are substantial and unprecedented.

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.