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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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Richmond School Funding Meeting Scheduled Without School Officials

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones’s school work group has scheduled its first public meeting on long-term funding for the district this week, but school officials won’t be attending.

It is Spring Break, all school offices are closed this week and many officials, including Superintendent Dana Bedden, will be out of town.

Bedden said they found out about the conflict last Monday and contacted the mayor’s office, but the city went on and announced the meeting in a press release on Thursday (3/24) anyway.

President’s Family Returns to Virginia Church for Easter Services

President Obama and the first family attended Easter services at a historic black church in Virginia yesterday (3/27). It was the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, which traces its origins to when Thomas Jefferson was president.

Churchgoers lined up outside the church and hundreds in attendance exchanged embraces and handshakes as the first family arrived.

Syracuse Stuns UVA 68-62

Syracuse stunned the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers last night (3/27), ending their dreams of making it to the NCAA Final Four and perhaps beyond.

Virginia squandered a 15-point lead with less than ten minutes to play. It was Malachi Richardson who did most of the damage, scoring 21 of his 23 points in the second half as Syracuse extended its unlikely run with a 68-62 victory over UVA.

Opponents of Offshore Drilling See New Threats in Seismic Surveys

Opponents of oil and gas drilling along the East Coast now have another concern since plans for offshore leasing have been scrapped for the present.

They worry now about seismic surveys, and the intense sound blasts from airguns they say threaten whales, dolphins and other creatures. The blasts are eight times louder than a jet engine and can deafen a whale.

Environmentalists also worry those tests might reveal vast reserves of oil and gas along the continental shelf that could reignite efforts to allow offshore drilling in the future.

Petersburg to “Repurpose” City’s Only Junior High School

The Petersburg School Board has voted to close the city’s only junior high school and “repurpose” the building.

The School Board voted 5-7 on the controversial plan to close the school and change its mission.

A program for gifted students will be moved to Vernon Johns from its current location at the former Blandford Elementary.

Hanover Board Approves Farming Residential Community

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has just approved a “residential farming community,” described as “first of its kind” in the area.

The 404-home development at Cedar Lane and Holly Hill Road would be nestled against the Chickahominy River and feature nature trails, gardens, orchard areas and 10 acres for communal farming.

At least 300 of the homes will be designated 55 plus, but the others will cater to younger people with families, a place where grandparents could spend time with their grandchildren, for example.

Deshutes Brewery Coming To Roanoke

Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery is making Virginia home to its East Coast Operations.

Founder Gary Fish said at the announcement in Roanoke yesterday that his company will invest 85 million to build a facility there that is expected to create more than 100 jobs, following an intensive campaign in Roanoke and a visit from the Governor when he was in Oregon on a trade mission.

Governor McAuliffe to Announce New Cycling Event for Virginia

Governor McAuliffe is set to announce a new cycling event that will take place in Virginia this summer.

Richmond-based Sports Backers says the cycling event will take place July 23 and 24th. The group says the goal will be to promote more bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

Richmond hosted the Super Bowl of international bicycle racing, the UCI Road World Championships in September, and drew crowds estimated by supporters of 645 thousand over the 10-day event.

Lumber Liquidators Settles Case With California Resources Board

Lumber Liquidators shares jumped yesterday after the company agreed to pay 2.5 million dollars to end an inquiry about its laminate flooring products sourced from China.

The Toano-based company has seen its sales and shares plunge since CBS 60 Minutes accused it of selling Chinese made flooring laminate with cancer causing levels of formaldehyde.

Charlottesville Group Wants Removal of Lee Statue

Charlottesville residents who are uncomfortable with a park and a monument dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, want it changed.

Today (3/22), community leaders are scheduled to come together and call on the city’s elected officials to rename Lee Park and remove the 100-year old statue. The news conference has been spurred by a number of recent local and state developments, including a bill in the General Assembly which would forbid local governments from tampering with war memorials and the Governor’s veto of that bill.