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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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ODU Researcher Says Rising Sea Levels Make Hampton Roads Vulnerable

A researcher at Old Dominion University said today (9/14) that rising sea levels in Hampton Roads make the entire area vulnerable to hurricanes. A storm like Irma could put much of Norfolk underwater.

Working with numbers that go back 90 years, and satellite imaging, Ben Hamlington says, “We would have levels of flooding similar to what we saw in Houston and coastal Florida and we would have several feet of flooding in Norfolk. Roads, houses would all be inundated with flood waters.”

Chesterfield County Schools Top 98% State Accreditation, But Reaching for More

Chesterfield County has boosted its number of fully accredited schools to 98.4 percent ,but the county is pioneering new, and they say better, methods to measure growth.

Chesterfield County School Superintendent Dr. James Lane says the numbers are good. “We are proud of the progress we have made in Chesterfield over the past year. One of the things we tried to do was to show that if we decreased the focus on testing and increased the focus on student engagement, that great scores will follow, and we saw that.”

State Leaders Urge Health Care Workers To Get Flu Vaccine

Flu Season is coming and the Virginia Department of Health has its usual message that all people six months and older receive their annual influence vaccine. This year, they are targeting a surprising group.

They are urging healthcare workers, to protect themselves and their patients, by getting the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

Sarah Lineberger, Virginia Department of Health said, “In Virginia, there is no statewide mandate that requires healthcare workers to receive an annual influenza vaccine.”

Kroger and Lidl Agree to Dismiss Suit Over Store Brands

Grocery Giants Kroger and Lidl have jointly agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit Kroger brought against the German-based newcomer over names and logos for store brands.

Kroger charged Lidl with copying the look of its “Private Selection Brand,” with its own store brand labelled “Preferred Selection,” and had called for an injunction just before the German giant opened its first four stores in the Richmond area. The judge refused it and set a court trial for January 2018.

Demolition of the Quioccasin Bridge to Regency Square Begins Today

Demolition of the Quioccasin Bridge to Regency Square and properties west of North Parham begins this morning (9/12).

Traffic is already being detoured around the area and there should be no surprises, but beginning today, the bridge is coming down. Mark Slusser, co-managing partner, says it’ll take about 45 days, “Then we will open up the westbound lane of Quioccasin Road to two-way traffic.”

Virginia Tourism Corporation: Henrico Leads the Region in Tourism Dollars

Latest figures just released by the Virginia Tourism Corporation indicate travelers spent almost $880 million dollars in Henrico last year, the most of any locality in Central Virginia, and fifth highest in the state, behind only populous Northern Virginia, and Virginia Beach.

They came from all over the country for this Babe Ruth World Series to Glen Allen Stadium, but that just part of it.

Major Blood Plasma Center To Relocate in Henrico County

A major blood plasma donation center is growing and relocating in Henrico County in the 4300 block of South Laburnam Avenue.

Grifols Biomat USA ,will spent 2.9 million on the new building and employ 45 people, but Spokesman Colin Seal says it has an even bigger mission, “Plasma donations help save lives. A lot of people don’t know that plasma is used for life-saving medicines for chronically ill patients with rare diseases.”

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Calls on Congress to Resolve the DACA Issue

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (this afternoon), called on Congress to urgently address the protection of dreamers.

Michel Zajur is President and CEO Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “There are over 15 thousand dreamers in Virginia…and right now they are in a state of limbo…they have no paths to getting an education, to working, to getting a drivers license.”

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.