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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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State Board of Elections Simplifies Voter Registration Forms

The State Board of Elections has voted to make it easier for Virginians to register to vote, and to ensure qualified military members and their families are notified of their special voter registration rights in Virginia.

The board has adopted a new Virginia Voter Registration Application form that is more user friendly, and has adopted clearer processing instructions for general registrars.

It is in response to months of public comments and recent statutory changesm and is designed to make it easier for eligible Virginians to vote.

Sandston Postal Center Cited for Work Dangers

The U.S. Postal Service Center in Sandston has been cited for work dangers after a complaint about industrial power equipment. The Center has been cited for five violations involving operators using equipment not properly inspected after each shift, not using seatbelts, not being properly trained, improperly towing wheeled carts, and using aisles where workers were exposed to hazards.

The U.S. Labor Department says OSHA has levied $120,000 dollars in fines.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the Center did not respond to a request for comments.

Star Trek Actor George Takei Sees Love, Not Hate In Roanoke

Star Trek actor George Takei was in Roanoke yesterday (4/4) to talk about diversity, in a city that has gotten national publicity over relocating Syrian Refugees.

Takei says he remembers the day soldiers came and ordered his family to join thousands of others in the Japanese American internment camps of World War II.

He came to Roanoke at the invitation of city leaders, to help mend fences, after Mayor David Bowers rejection last fall of Syrian refugees, during which he drew a parallel to the World War II Camps.

Dominion Plans To Reduce Residential Rates By 3.8 Percent Pending SCC Approval

Dominion Virginia Power plans to reduce residential rates by about 3.8% beginning July 1st.

Dominion says the plan to decrease a fuel charge is the result of efficient generating units, the low cost of natural gas, and milder weather. With SCC approval, Dominion will reduce the cost of electricity to some 2.1 million residential customers by about 3.8%.

That amounts to about $4.35 a month for 1,000 kilowatt hours, which is average.

The SCC will review the request but doesn’t expect any objections.

Kathy Abbott Elected to Ashland Town Council

Ashland Town Council has one new member following yesterday’s (5/3) elections. Kathy Abbot has been elected to Town Council according to unofficial election results. She was campaign manager to recently elected Board of Supervisor member Faye Prichard, and was unopposed in her bid for Town Council.

Ned Henson, the town’s vice mayor, did not seek re-election.

All other council members are returning.

Issues in town include the proposed high-speed rail project and what route it might take, revitalization of commercial corridors in town, and economic development.

Council Agrees To Another $9.5 Million for Schools

Richmond City Council has agreed to give the city school system an additional $9.5 million dollars in operating and capital funds over the mayor’s proposed budget.

Funding for city schools has been a hot button issue, to the point the school system threatened to shut down five schools. They asked for $18 million more in operating funds and $40 million in capital funds. The mayor’s school budget was flat.

Yesterday (5/3), council closed out its budget negotiations, agreeing to another $9.5 million.

CNN Talks Up Tim Kaine As Possible Democratic VP Running Mate

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine may be emerging as an early favorite to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate among major Democratic donors and congressional Democrats.

CNN yesterday (5/3) talked with Democratic Strategist Bob Beckel. He also talked about Julian Castro, Secretary of Housing and Masachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Preservationists Outline Pipeline Threats

Preservation Virginia has scheduled two news conferences today, to outline the potential threat of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to historical and scenic sites.

One is in Nelson County where an early 19th century archaeological site is in its path, another in Buckingham County and a community rooted in Post Civil War Emancipation, another a scenic crossing of the Rappahannock River near the Chesapeake Bay.

The Richmond-based group says the potential cumulative negative effects on Virginia’s heritage tourism industry are substantial and unprecedented.

Petersburg Publishes Names of Delinquent Taxpayers

The City of Petersburg is pursuing delinquent taxpayers.

They are doing it by publishing a list of delinquent taxpayers, and so far have collected about 581 thousand dollars from 70 accounts.

Before he was fired, former city manager William Johnson blamed the city’s financial woes on some 3.5 million in unpaid property taxes, among other things.