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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.

Articles by Charles Fishburne

Chesterfield Sells 90 Million in Bonds, with Triple A, AAA rating.

The Nation’s top three ratings agencies have reaffirmed Chesterfield County’s Triple, Triple A bond rating this week, as the county sells $90 million dollars in bonds.

Matt Harris, the County’s Budget Director, says the ratings and the sale went well.

“Anytime you can borrow 20-year money at two and a half percent, thereabouts, you certainly want to take advantage of that and be as aggressive as you can,” said Harris.

Virginia To Become the Nation’s Tenth Most Populous State by 2040

Virginia is expected to become the nation’s tenth most populous state, with 10 million people living in the Commonwealth by the year 2040. Though overall growth has slowed, Virginia will move past Michigan and New Jersey for the number 10 spot.

Shonel Sen at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center says, “By 2020 we are expecting to have about 8.7 million people and the number of course keeps growing until 2040 when we expect to have more than 10 million people.”

Metro areas including Richmond will make up 90 percent of the growth and Virginia’s elderly population will double.

Circuit Judge Rules Virginia Automobile Association Can Challenge Tesla Dealership

A judge has ruled that the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association has the legal standing to try to stop Tesla Motors, Inc., from opening a company-owned dealership in Richmond. Company-owned dealership is the key. Virginia law prohibits car companies from dealing direct.

“You could do what Tesla wants to do if there isn’t a dealership that could have the franchise from Tesla.”

Quinnipiac Poll Says Virginians Believe Heated Political Discourse Contributes to Violence

A Quinnipiac University Poll released today shows that most Virginia’s believe heated political rhetoric is contributing to violence across the nation, like the shooting at the Republican baseball practice last week. 

The poll began the day after the shooting, and Peter Brown, Assistant Director of the poll, says three out of four people believe tough talk contributed.

Triple A Forecasts “Historic Levels” For July 4th Holiday Travel

Triple A says the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend will have “historic levels of travel.”

Triple A MidAtlantic’s Tammy Arnette says gasoline prices are down, employment is up, consumer confidence is high, and “the Independence Holiday will be record-breaking for travel as more than 44 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home.”

It took traveling Americans eight years to recover from the 2008 recession, but 2015, 2016, and now 2017 have exceeded those numbers.

The Holiday travel period begins next Friday and goes to July 4th.

Rail Advocacy Groups To Rally Against Proposed Amtrak Budget Cuts

Virginians for High Speed Rail, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, the Southern Environmental Law Center and CVille Rail are hosting two rallies as part of a nationwide campaign to support Amtrak’s National Trains.

The first Rally is tomorrow in Charlottesville. Danny Plaugher of Virginians for High Speed Rail says if President Trumps 2018 budget is passed as is, it would mean “Complete elimination. It zeros out every national train in Amtrak’s Network.”

Northam Has Eight-point Lead in First Post-Primary Poll

Democrat Ralph Northam has an 8 point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in the first post-primary poll of Virginia’s Governor’s race.

The poll, released yesterday (6/21) by Quinnipiac University, shows Northam with 47%  to Gillespie’s 39%. The Democratic Lt. Governor had strong leads among women and minorities, while Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, showed strength from white voters, with independents evenly split.

Virginia Files $300 Million Dollar Counter-Suit Against Northrup

Virginia’s Information Technology Agency has filed a $300 million dollar counter-suit against Northrop Grumman as the Commonwealth and the IT giant quarrel over how to part ways.

Last month, Northrop Grumman filed suit over the Governor’s refusal to pay “tens of millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money,” in a mediated settlement as Virginia tries to disentangle itself from a 13-year $2.4 billion dollar contract for its government information technology contract.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, said, “This is a very ugly divorce.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Takes Up Senator Kaine’s Military Authorization Bill

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday (6/19) began considering legislation to take back Congressional authority to determine whether the country goes to war. A bill co-authored by Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.

It is a bi-partisan bill, introduced by Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, to return a constitutional right to the Congress. Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond says, “Basically the power to declare war is with the Congress, not the president and yet many presidents have sent forces overseas.”

Massey Cancer Center and Tricycle Gardens Collaborate to Make People Well

Researchers say obesity has now replaced tobacco as the leading, preventable cause of cancer, and Massey Cancer Center has joined forces with Tricycle Gardens, to bring that story home.

Every Thursday, there is a little farm stand in the middle of the city, Marshall and College Streets, right in front of Massey Cancer Center.