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Charles Fishburne

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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.

Articles by Charles Fishburne

Virginia Students to Pay More

The State Council of Higher Education says Virginia students at public colleges and universities are paying more and warns further budget cuts could make it worse. Undergraduates at public four-year institutions can expect to pay an extra $552 this next fiscal year, up 5.7%. Virginia community college students will pay another $180 per year. The State Council of Higher Education says if state revenues shrink further, additional budget reductions may be needed.

Richmond Metro Has Highest Job Gains in State

The Richmond Metropolitan area has had the highest absolute job gains in the state over the year according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Metro Richmond has gained 11,900 jobs so far this year, highest in the state, with Northern Virginia second at 2,200. In June alone, the metro area gained 2,400 jobs.

Statewide, the largest job gains were in private education, health services and construction. Trade and transportation were down.

Meanwhile, unemployment ticked up slightly in June by .2% at 5.4 - second consecutive gain this year, after four months of declines.

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday

Back-to-school is almost here and Virginia once again is giving shoppers a break on buying school supplies. During this three-day period beginning Friday (August 1), shoppers at retail stores statewide will not have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to 20 dollars or on most clothing and footwear priced at 100 dollars or less.

It is one of three sales tax holidays every year passed by the 2007 General Assembly. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the period, and some do.

Virginia Among Three Sites Proposed For New FBI Headquarters

The Federal Government has named three sites as finalists for the new FBI headquarters, two in suburban Maryland and one is in Virginia. They have been talking about it for years, moving the 38-year old, crumbling headquarters that the FBI has so outgrown. Half its employees don’t fit, but instead work in 21 satellite offices scattered around the region.