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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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Thomson Reuters Announces Plans for a Cyber Security Center at Riverfront Plaza

The Thomson Reuters news agency is coming to Richmond, to build a cyber-security operations center downtown. Reuters has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years, and chose Richmond over South Carolina, Maryland and Florida, to build a high tech, internal cybersecurity center at downtown’s Riverfront Plaza.

Fighting on Two Fronts: As POWs Survived, Spouses Organized

During the Vietnam War, hundreds of U.S. service members were imprisoned by the North Vietnamese. They survived torture, disease and years of isolation. For one Virginia family, the experience would profoundly change the trajectory of their lives. 88.9 WCVE's Charles Fishburne has more in our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers.

VCU Plans Full Test of Its Emergency Communications System Today

VCU is planning a full test of its emergency communications and alerting systems today at noon (9/6/2017). Thousands of faculty and students will hear the sirens and so will the neighbors.

There are some 50,000 students and faculty members and employees on both VCU campuses, and the sirens are just part of the test.

Innovative “High School of the Future,” CodeRVA Opens For the First Time

It was the first day of school ever for CodeRVA Regional High School, an ambitious experiment that some believe could be the model for future education.

From the Richmond area’s 13 localities, 756 applied, 93 were accepted. And on the first day at CodeRVA.

“I can work at my own pace…”

“I’ll be able to work with computers more…”

“It’s something new…”

“We’re basically on our own, like we’re in college…”

“It’s more involving….”

Chesterfield EDA Announces an Industrial “Megasite”

Chesterfield County’s Economic Development Authority announced today (8/31) it wants to build an “industrial megasite” on 1,700 acres in the Southeast Part of the County.

Garrett Hart, Director of The Economic Development Authority, says it wants to rezone and buy the land and create an industrial megasite that he says would be a “game changer” for the county and for the region.

Gasoline Prices Spike, Virginia Among Hardest Hit

The Colonial Pipeline, which carries huge amounts of gasoline between Houston and the East Coast, is down and prices are volatile and in some cases, rising rapidly.

At a Sunoco at Atlee and 360 this afternoon (8/31), “It’s going up because of the floods.”

How fast?

“30 cent in two days.”

Wow, people still buying gas?

“Yeah, they don’t have a choice.”

His price: $2.35, same at a 7-11 across the street, that was a dime cheaper yesterday.

Rescue Teams From Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Henrico Aid Harvey Recovery

A search and rescue team from Virginia Beach has reportedly rescued 500 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and two Navy ships just sailed from Norfolk to help in disaster recovery.

The Rescue Team, Virginia Task Force #2, evacuated residents from an apartment complex where water was up to six feet deep, in Katy, a city 29 miles West of Houston.

They included a water rescue team from Henrico. Meanwhile, two Navy ships left today (8/31), bound for Houston, the Kearsarge and the Oak Hill.

Gasoline Prices Inching Up In Aftermath of Harvey

Gasoline prices have begun a slow, but steady rise as the result of the disruption of refineries in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Prices in Virginia averaged 2.16 a gallon today, but rising.

“We have started seeing slow rises. Yesterday was two cents lower than today, the day before, two cents less again.”

Georjeane Blumbling from Triple A Tidewater predicts that will continue for a couple of weeks, maxing out at 20 cents a gallon, unless damage is more severe than anticipated, much less than the 80 cent increase following Katrina.

Storm To Hit Virginia Coast Tomorrow

The National Weather service is expecting high winds, heavy rains, and flooding across coastal Virginia tonight (8/28) and tomorrow.

Meteorologist Wayne Albright says, “The wind will pick up out of the east later tonight to 30-40 miles an hour with gusts to 50 or so right at the coast, inland 20-30, maybe gusts to 30 as far west as Emporia, Williamsburg, places like that.”

He says marine conditions in the coastal waters and lower bay will become dangerous. High surf and rip currents will persist along the shore through tomorrow, and some coastal flooding is expected.

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