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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 County Board of Supervisors Allocates Surplus Monday

Chesterfield County ended the fiscal year with a $23 million dollar surplus, and put the money back into schools and a rainy day fund.

The School Division showed a $15.2 million dollar surplus due to turnover and a lag in hiring and debt refinancing, and the Board of Supervisors set aside $1 million for bus replacement and $3.1 million for the Supplemental Retirement System, which has undergone changes to insure it remains solvent.

Hanover Reappoints Two School Board Members Amid Controversy Over System

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has unanimously re-appointed Norman Sulser in Cold Harbor and Susan Dibble in South Anna to the school board, even as a group is raising a petition to change the system.

Hanover Citizens for an Elected School Board Monitor Julie Stubblefield objected, “We have some concerns of where things are going with facilities and where we are headed with our technology and the slow track for all of these things.”

Aldi Rolls Out Plans To Expand With New Look

Aldi says it plans to become the third largest grocery chain in the United States by store count within the next four years, and a Richmond store was part of its advance planning.

Aldi won’t confirm it, but MSN Money reported last week that Aldi would enhance its cut-rate image nationwide with a new look pioneered at a Richmond store in October.

Proposal for High-End Apartments In Mechanicville

Mechanicsville may be in line for some 207, high-end apartments by a developer who has a track record in the county.

Larry Shaia build Charleston Ridge Apartments last year and has now proposed another community behind the Goodwill and Food Lion off Mechanicsville Turnpike.

Senior Planner Claudia Cheely said, “Its approximately 22 acres, five buildings, four stories, they will include elevators, they will be high end, higher rent, three bedroom units.”

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.