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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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VCU School of Allied Health Professions Tops Out New Building

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Allied Health Professions topped out its new building yesterday, signifying the beginning of a new era in consolidating the schools programs.

The highest steel beam was placed on the eight-story structure, which will for the first time centralize all 11 of the school’s academic units.

Virginia Cotton Production Forecast Up 90 Percent from 2016; Peanuts Up 51 Percent

Virginia Cotton production is forecast 90 percent over last year, and as Charles Fishburne reports, the extremely dry weather has been good for other crops as well.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Spokesperson Elaine Lidholme said, “We have four types of farmers who are very happy right now about the dry harvest season.”

Cotton is up 90% over last year, Peanuts 51% and it has been a good harvest for pumpkins and wine grapes as well.

Regency Update: New Name, New Mission

Work on transforming Regency Square Mall into something new is ongoing and local real estate brokers were invited to hear an update on progress and a new name.

Regency Square Mall will become just Regency. And Mark Slusher at Thalhimer Realty Partners says, “We want the name to salute its history, while showing that we are looking to the future.”

The flyover bridge is gone and the former Macy’s parking deck is coming down. They are in discussions with Sears about buying the property, and talking with the county about possibly rezoning for some residential units.

Wildfire Season Begins This Weekend, As Drought Spreads Statewide

Fall wildfire season in Virginia begins this weekend, as the drought spreads statewide…and the Virginia Department of Forestry is concerned that even recent rains are not enough.

With California Wildfires fresh on his mind, Department Spokesman John Campbell said, “Before this week’s rain, it has been 30 days without precipitation in Virginia, and things are very dry.”

Obama To Campaign for Northam in Richmond

Former President Obama is set to return to the campaign train for the first time since he left office, with a rally in Richmond next week to help Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia’s governor’s race.

The former President will be in Richmond next Thursday (10/19).

Northam’s Communication Director David Turner said, “I can tell you that the campaign and democrats across the commonwealth are real excited to see the president out on the campaign trail again.”

Final Guberenatorial Debate in Far Southwest Virginia Last Night

The final gubernatorial debate between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam took place in far Southwest Virginia last night.

They argued over internet access and declining population in rural areas and schools. One of the moderators was Roanoke Times political reporter Carmen Foreman, who asked what they would do to reverse a severe decline in school population in the coalfield region.

Virginia Tech Tree Physiology Expert Says Fall Colors Will Disappoint

A Virginia Tech expert on fall colors says unusually dry conditions in August and September have set up a potentially disappointing season and even the rains predicted from the remnants of Tropical Storm Nate this week will not be enough to help.

Virginia Tech tree physiology expert John Seiler says, “I think for some species, it’s already too late…hickories aren’t going to have a good vibrant yellow…and there are a lot of trees kind of going from yellow to brown in a matter of three to five days and crinkling on the tree. I can see that going on in the woods right now.”