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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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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.

VDOT Warns of Black Ice, Crews Turn to Subdivisions

The weekend storm brought up to 16 inches in the Richmond area, the 11th highest total on record. There have been five storm-related deaths and many residents are still stuck in their homes. The Virginia Department of Highways is urging most people to stay there.

Interstates and primaries are clear, but yesterday’s melting and extreme low overnight temperatures have put an icy glaze over some of it.

VDOT crews are still working 24-7 and today will concentrate on subdivisions.

US Forest Service Rejects Latest Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route

The United States Forest Service has rejected the latest proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Richmond Times Dispatch says the Forest Service sent a letter to the pipeline company saying the proposed 42” pipeline could potentially damage the habitat of sensitive animal species protected by two national forests in Virginia and West Virginia, including salamanders and flying squirrels, and said alternatives must be developed. It effectively blocks the five billion dollar pipeline from passing through.

Major Snowstorm Bearing Down on the MidAtlantic

Forecasters say 5 to 12 inches of snow is still predicted in the Richmond area beginning tomorrow morning (1/22), as a major winter storm bears down on the Atlantic Coast. The forecast has not changed.

Eric Seymore, National Weather Service in Wakefield, says Louisa, Fluvanna and Charlottesville could get 18 inches to two feet, and Blizzard warnings are posted in D.C. and Baltimore.

Daisey Pridgen works at Dominion Virginia power, where they are expecting power outages, especially Saturday.