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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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New Holiday Traffic Patterns at Amazon November 20–December 20

Chesterfield’s Amazon Fulfillment Center began its holiday drill yesterday (11/20), with changing traffic patterns now in effect.

There will be police officers, signs and new traffic patterns for the morning commute.

Times are 4:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Same as last year, these new patterns will last until December 20th.

William and Mary Study Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten Hampton Roads

A William and Mary Study warns that rising sea levels could ultimately cost the Hampton Roads region more than $100 million in extra damage and costs annually if no measures are taken to mitigate the risks of coastal flooding.

he study was released this week by the Law Schools’ Virginia Coastal Policy Center and says seas will rise a foot and a half by 2040 and pose threats to about $100 billion dollars worth of buildings, not including military installations and ports.

Last week, we talked with Anamaria Bukvik, an environmental expert at Virginia Tech,who saw it coming.

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb for Secretary of Defense?

CBS News said this week that former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is being rumored for Secretary of Defense. He has the background, a highly-decorated war hero, former Virginia Senator, Secretary of the Navy and assistant secretary of defense.

The CBS report even replayed a profile of Webb’s short-lived Democratic run for President that was a prelude to Trump’s campaign theme.

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Approves Purchase of 115-Acre “Sportsplex”

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved the purchase of a 115-acre “Sportsplex,” that has helped make the county a sports“destination,” for thousands of tourists, spectators and participants.

The Sportsplex is a 115 acre, twelve-field property off State Route 288 and Genito Road that lost money in private hands, but nonetheless attracted some 20 major regional sports events last year and about 157 thousand visitors.

Former Governor Bob McDonnell To Become Government Professor at Regent University

Former Governor Bob McDonnell will become a government professor at his alma mater, Regent University in January. McDonnell will help create the Governor’s Center for Federalism and Civility, which helps state government understand its place in a federal society. And what might he advise future office-holders?

This was after the Supreme Court vacated his convictions and federal prosecutors declined to seek another trial.

The former Governor earned his law degree from Regent. He will become a government professor at his alma mater in January.

Burning Ban In Effect in Virginia National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service has just implemented a fire ban in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, as extreme drought conditions and wildfires continue to plague Western Virginia. The ban goes into effect immediately.

Steve Counts, Virginia Department of Forestry, says there have been eight large fires in the last two weeks in five counties and he says, they suspect arson in some of them. He says most people just need to be reminded to be careful.

Commonwealth Institute Says Virginia Public Schools Becoming More Racially and Economically Segregated

Virginia schools have grown more racially and economically segregated during the past decade according to a report published this month.

The Washington Post highlights the numbers this morning (11/15) from a report released by Richmond-based Commonwealth Institute, which it characterizes as a “left-leaning think tank.” It shows the number of students attending schools that are considered racially and economically isolated as doubling from 2003 to 2014.

Dominion Warns of “Disconnection” Scam That Victimized 2,800 Customers Last Year

Dominion Virginia Power is warning of a scam that has victimized more than 2,800 customers in Virginia over the past year.

It’s a call, and the caller ID might say “Dominion,” but it is not. She says the scammers will demand immediate payment and threaten to cut of your power, even tell you a truck is on the way.

Last year, hundreds of customers fell victim, paying nearly $200,000 dollars in response to threats of disconnection. Learn more at

Virginia Transit Association Warns of 2020 “Fiscal Cliff,” for State Transportation Subsidies

With state budget preparations underway, the Virginia Transit Association is warning of a 1.2 billion dollar gap over the next decade that could affect capital funding in Richmond and across the state.

With a tight state budget already predicted, the Virginia Transit Association is getting its wish list in early with a message to lawmakers at every level, some of it close to home.

Executive Director Lisa Guthrie says that project, and many others, depend heavily on capital fund subsidies from the state, which is running out of money.