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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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Former Spy Plane Pilot Visits The Science Museum of Virginia and SR-71 Exhibit Under Construction

A former pilot of the world’s fastest spy plane was in Richmond yesterday (1/27) to help welcome the SR71 Blackbird to the Science Museum of Virginia.

Colonel John Kinego flew more than 100 cold war missions in the SR71, that flew too high and too fast for anyone to shoot it down.

The SR71 will be moving into the Science Museum piece by piece for the next two months.

Nexstar Set To Buy Media General For $4.6 Billion; Richmond Loses Headquarters

Negotiations have been on-going for months, but yesterday (1/27), the two companies announced they have signed a definitive agreement for Nexstar to acquire Media General in a deal valued at $4.6 billion, including assumption of debt. It will create a media giant with 171 television stations in 100 markets across the country with annual revenues of $2.3 billion.

Federal Appeals Court to Rule on North Carolina Prayer at Public Meetings Case

A federal appeals court is poised to examine whether county commissioners in North Carolina should be allowed to open their meetings with Christian prayers.

Today’s (1/27) arguments before a three judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals will be the first time a federal court considers government prayer practices since the US Supreme Court upheld Christian prayers at local town council meetings in New York.

Showdown This Week on Governor’s Supreme Court Appointment

Republicans hoping to replace a Virginia Supreme Court Justice installed by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe say lawmakers will vote this week on whether she should remain on the court.

Republicans have protested the Governor’s appointment of Justice Jane Marum Roush in July, saying he left them out of the process.

Republicans want Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston instead.

Virginia Storm-Related Deaths Now Total 12

The storm-related deaths in Virginia have risen to 12, snow remains on many streets, and schools are closed again this morning (1/27).

The death toll is rising in Virginia. Five from hypothermia, four after shoveling snow, another after walking home in a blizzard, and two after traffic crashes. Virginia now has the most fatalities of any other state due to the storm.

Schools Remain Closed, Neighborhoods Still Icy, Temperatures Above Freezing

Schools across the metro area will remain closed today (1/26) and many neighborhood roads are still snow-covered but today will be warmer.

VDOT has just released a road assessment and warns it will still be slick in spots as the temperature hovers around freezing, but it will get warmer.

Scott Minnick, National Weather Service in Wakefield, says there is another cold front on the way, but look for a bit of rain, not snow.

Petersburg Facing Four Percent Budget Shortfall

Petersburg’s City Manager has notified all city agencies and the school system that they need to cut their budgets by about 4% due to a revenue shortfall.

City Manager William Johnson says it is because residents are failing to make their tax payments and the treasurer’s office not collecting what is due.

The shortfall is expected to total $3.5 million dollars. Last year’s general fund was $75 million.

Six Storm-Related Deaths, Five of Them Due to Hypothermia

The State’s Chief Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed there have been six storm-related deaths in the state. One was a traffic fatality. Five more were caused by hypothermia in the bitter cold accompanying the storm.

One was an 80-year old Henry County woman who apparently locked herself out of her house after nearly a foot of snow blanketed the area. A neighbor found Nannie Shelton Napper on the side porch when they came to bring her food late Sunday (1/24).

Emergency officials always ask that we check on the elderly and infirmed during bad weather.

Last of the Bryan Dynasty, J. Stewart Bryan, III Dies Over the Weekend

The last of the Bryan dynasty, J. Stewart Bryan, III, died over the weekend as the result of a fall. He was the fourth and final generation of a family that grew a newspaper into a media empire.

Mr. Bryan was long-time chairman of Media General and grew the company that his father had created into a multi-million dollar corporation. And he was extremely loyal to downtown Richmond, even as it appeared to be dying around him.

We spoke in front of the Media General Building and across the street from the Times-Dispatch about 15 years ago.

Storm-Related Deaths Rise To Five In Virginia

Authorities say the number of storm related deaths in Virginia has risen to five in the wake of the massive snowfall along the East Coast. Four died from hypothermia, the other was traffic related, and even VDOT warns that cleared roads could be dangerous this morning (1?25).

Shannon Marshall at VDOT says crews are still working 24-7.

The impact of the storm is expected to last for days, as the snow melts and refreezes.