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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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Clinton VP Prospects Said To Include Senator Tim Kaine

CNN reports today (6/21) that Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton likely has narrowed her vice presidential choice to a handful of possibilities and once again, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is said to be on the list.

Today, CNN says Clinton is secretive, but has devoted hours studying the records of Tim Kaine, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and HUD Secretary Julian Castro of Texas.

Asked about his prospects again today, Kaine smiled and winked as he stepped into an elevator at the Capitol.

Ten Thousand Dominion Power Customers Still Without Service in Richmond Region

Ten thousand four hundred and four Dominion Virginia Power Customers were still without power this morning (6/20) at 7:00 a.m. in the Richmond tri-cities area and crews continue to work around the clock to restore it.

Most of the remaining outages this morning are in Henrico County. Dominion’s Le-Han Anderson says they expected to have everybody restored by tonight.

Two-hundred and fifty thousand customers lost power Thursday night, more than 160,000 of them were in the Richmond region.

New Agreement Protects Against Worker Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Virginia Employment Commission have just signed an agreement to help protect workers from “misclassification.” It’s called wage theft, and construction workers are near the top of the list, but there are many others.

VEC Commissioner Ellen Marie Hess says a Memorandum of Understanding just signed with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will allow them to share information on violations.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Celebrates 100 Years June 17th

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries celebrates 100 years tomorrow (6/17), the Virginia countryside could be quite different today without them.

It is hard to imagine, but even 100 years ago, Virginia wildlife was in danger. 100 years later, the department looks after those animals and the people who hunt and fish and go boating on Virginia waterways.

Fajon Parts and Repairs Plans Multi-Million Dollar Facility in Chesterfield

Chesterfield County is about to become home to a multi-million dollar office and manufacturing center. Fajon Turbine Parts and Repairs is coming to Chesterfield.

The company’s clients include heavyweights like Dow Chemical and PPG Industries.

They plan to hire about 30 people and will move into a 43,000 square foot facility on Shell Road, formerly occupied by DuPont.

Chesterfield County was recently recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as having the fourth fastest growing employment base in the country percentage-wise during 2015.

Closing Dates Announced for Three Martin’s Stores

Martin’s Food Markets officially announced the closing dates of three of its area stores this summer.

Most people knew it was coming. The decision to close three stores was made last year and not related to the pending merger. But the news spelled out the actual final days of the Martin stores in Stony Point, Petersburg and Mechanicsville.

Shoppers at the Mechanicsville store this afternoon said it was a good store and it was convenient.

Mechanicsville closes July 23rd, Stony Point July 30th, and South Crater Road in Petersburg July 16th.

Commonwealth Transportation Board Set To Approve Record Funds for Passenger Rail Projects

True High Speed Rail could be several years and several hundred billion dollars away but high speed rail for Richmond could become reality with a vote today (6/14) by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. It is part of a $14.6 billion dollar package of nearly 3,500 rail, road and other projects for the next six years.

Danny Plaugher, Executive Director of Virginians for High Speed Rail says it isn’t high-speed rail, but it is a good beginning.