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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.

Henrico Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Settled In Court Mediation

A sexual harassment lawsuit brought against a Henrico company has been settled in court mediation.

Janis Rosenberg worked at Iggbo, Inc, a health technology company, as vice president of operations and alleged she was the victim of a hostile work environment created by her supervisor Mark Van Roekel, who committed suicide shortly after she filed an internal complaint.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says, “For his family, for the plaintiff putting all the evidence on the stand would be difficult.”

Henrico Board of Supervisors Majority Democrat After Tuesday Elections

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors met with its legislative delegation to talk about next year’s General Assembly…and there were new faces on both sides.

Four new members of the House of Delegates delegation are Democrats and for the first time in decades, the board is now 3-2 Democrat, with the election of Courtney Lynch to the Brooklyn District.

“Do you think your election had anything to do with the anti-Trump sentiment in Virginia?

Henrico Board Meets With Legislative Delegation, Discusses Essex Village Renovation

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors met with its legislative delegation last night to outline its needs from the 2018 General Assembly.

It was a lively meeting, about road maintenance, opioid addiction and legislation to help with tax incentives for massive data centers like the billion dollar Facebook deal. But nothing drew more attention than the county’s efforts to revitalize Essex Village Public Housing. The county has taken on HUD and years of red tape in an effort to find a new and better property owner and make it livable.

Henrico Board Presents Wish List to Legislative Delegation

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors outlined its legislative with list to its General Assembly delegation last night.

It was a lively meeting, that outlined the county’s progress dealing with road maintenance, opioid addiction and public housing. But there was only one specific request Legislation to allow uniform depreciation schedules for data centers like Facebook planning a huge operation in Henrico.

Tax Amnesty Program Expires Tuesday, November 14th

The Commonwealth of Virginia is offering a tax amnesty program for residents who owe back taxes, but the deadline is just one week away.

There are hundreds of thousands of Virginians who owe back taxes, and Paige Tucker, at the Department of Taxation says the state is making every effort to collect the money without extra penalties. “In September, we sent almost 400 thousand mailers to taxpayers who owed back taxes.”