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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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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.

Liberty University to Allow Students to Keep Guns In Dormitories

Liberty University will allow students to keep guns in dormitories next Fall.

Liberty President Jerry Falwell announced plans to change the policy in December pending board approval, which it did last week.

It means that beginning in the Fall, students with concealed handgun permits from the state can get permission from the school to keep their guns in safes in their dormitories.

Falwell says the idea is to help students who don’t want to keep their weapons on the glove compartments of their car. The University will provide the safes.

Henrico Board of Supervisors Approves Fiscal 2017 Budget; No New Taxes

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors has approved its budget for fiscal 2017, with no new taxes.

The new budget is based on a 3.2 percent increase in the general fund to about 811 million, up from 786 million this year.

The tax rate remains the same at 87 cents per hundred, making nearly 40 consecutive years property taxes have either fallen or remained flat.

Dominion To Begin Releasing Coal Ash Wastewater Into The James Today

Dominion Virginia Power plans to begin releasing treated coal ash wastewater into the James River at its Bremo Power Station today.

It is part of the utility’s plan to close coal ash impoundment at its power plants. Dominion says it will treat about 240 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water through May 2017 with a multi-step process that includes pumping the water with oxygen, increasing its acidity to settle solids and running it through several filters to make it safe for the environment.

Dominion Virginia Power Brunswick Facility Online This Week

Dominion Virginia Power has just gone online with its newest, natural-gas-fired plant in Brunswick County.

It’s part of Dominion’s push to move from coal to cleaner, more efficient energy production.

The new Brunswick power station took 1500 workers and more than two years to build. It produces enough electricity to power 325 thousand homes.

Trump Blasts McAuliffe Restoration Order

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump yesterday blasted Governor Terry McAuliffe’s order restoring voting rights for 206 thousand felons.

At a rally in Rhode Island, Trump referenced last week’s sweeping executive action by Virginia’s Democratic Governor.

McCauliffe says his order will allow ex-offenders to fully rejoin society and end harsh voting restrictions that has roots in racial discrimination against African-Americans.

Consultant’s Report Released On City’s Boulevard Property

A long-awaited consultant’s report on the best use of city-owned land along the Boulevard is sending mixed messages, according to some council members.

Pittsburg-based Tripp Umbach’s final report on the highest and best use for the 60 acres says the city would generate the most tax revenues by developing the property as a dense, mixed use development, but acknowledged many residents had expressed a clear preference for a stadium on the Boulevard during a series of public comment sessions.

VDOT To Spend $125 Million On Repaving Program for Richmond District

The Virginia Department of Transportation has approved a $125 million dollar paving program for Central Virginia that is the largest in history for the region.

There will be about $27 million spent repaving sections of Interstates 95, 295, 85 and 195.

Another $27 million for primary routes, including Chippenham Parkway, State Route 288, US Route 60 and Powhite.

Twenty-three million more for almost a thousand miles of secondary roads in the Richmond District, which includes 14 counties and the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg.