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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

Jeb Bush Schedules Richmond Appearance Tonight

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is due in Richmond tonight to headline a GOP fundraiser at the Jefferson Hotel. 

He is the leading GOP presidential hopeful in Virginia, and comes closest to Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 according to last week’s Wason Poll. 

But more than 20 Republicans are still talking about running and Bush will be here to bolster his position and raise money at the GOP event, with ticket prices up to 25 thousand dollars. 

Governor McCauliffe Has New Spending Plan With Salary Increases for Public Employees

Governor McCauliffe is set to meet today (Feb. 16) with the chairmen of the House and Senate Money Committees to brief them on the latest revenue forecast and give them a glimpse of his budget proposals.

The Times Dispatch quotes a source close to the administration as saying the Governor will put an additional 136 million dollars on the table to push his budget priorities in raises for teachers and other public employees and adding to the rainy day fund.

Bill To Reduce State Oversight Of Electric Utilities Passes General Assembly

A bill reducing state oversight of Virginia’s two largest utilities has been passed by the General Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk. 

The Senate already approved the legislation and the house approved the bill that prohibits the State Corporation Commission from reviewing base rates of Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power for several years.

During the freeze, the SCC will not be able to order rate rebates or reductions if the utilities make too much money as they have done in the past.

Moving Day At Richmond's Elkhardt Middle School

Richmond’s Elkhardt Middle School is closing and City  Superintendent Dana Bedden is recommending it stay closed.

It is moving day today at Elkhardt. Students have already left. Teachers will be packing up and moving to Clark Springs Elementary eight miles across town where classes will resume next Wednesday.

Superintendent Dana Bedden shuttered Elkhardt to ensure student safety after a mold problem worsened and will recommend to the school board that it not spend up to $14 million dollars needed to fix it.

Poll Gives Clinton Commanding Lead in 2016 Matchup

In a Wason poll released this morning (Feb. 12), Hillary Clinton continues to lead the field in potential presidential candiates for 2016. In the new poll, Hillary Clinton polls 65% among pontential Democratic voters.

Jeb Bush comes closest with 43 percent to her 48 percent in that matchup. Nobody else is close. Republicans are still not sure who they like among their parties candidates. At present it is Bush 20, Scott Walker 16, and Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie both at 10.

Study By Pipeline Proponents Says It Would Save Money

A study commissioned by the companies planning to build a five billion dollar natural gas pipeline says it would lower customers’ bills and increase employment.

The study released yesterday (2/11) says customers in Virginia and North Carolina could save about 377 million annually, and those lower costs could spur 2,200 jobs because businesses would have more money to invest and consumers more money to spend.

The 550-mile pipeline would run through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, and has sparked pockets of opposition along its planned path.

Chesterfield To Advertise Property Tax Rate With No Increase

Chesterfield County Supervisors have agreed to hold the line on increasing the property tax rate.

The board moved the budgeting process along yesterday (2/11) by unanimously agreeing to advertise the property tax rate at 96 cents per hundred dollars evaluation, though homeowners would still pay more since home values rose 2.9 percent last year.

First Public Hearing On New Obama Plan for Offshore Drilling Set Today in Norfolk

The first public hearings on the Obama adminstration’s latest plan for offshore drilling are set today in Norfolk.  

Politicians like it.  The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce likes it with its prospects of jobs and revenue. 

Environmentalists, on the other hand,  say it is not worth the risk. The Sierra Club plans a mock oil spill to underscore its concerns. 

CarMax Expands Again, Plans To Hire An Additional 2,500

Richmond-based CarMax is once again expanding its workforce across the nation, this time by 2,500 workers.

CarMax was there first with the concept of used car Superstores and has grown the business to 140 across the county with more than 20,000 employees.

They plan to hire another 80 in the Richmond area, with many more openings in Atlanta, Denver, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Miami.

Both full and part-time positions will be filled. Applications are accepted online only at