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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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Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Approves Budget, Changes Retirement Plan for Schools

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has adopted its $742 million dollar general fund budget, holding the line on real estate taxes, after a tense meeting last night (4/26), fueled by proposed changes to the school’sretirement program.

County Administrator Joe Casey said the schools Supplemental Retirement Program was unsustainable aand threatened the county’s Triple Tripe Abond rating and had to be changed. “My simple goal for Chesterfield County is to mitigate risks and not get burned.” said Casey.

Virginia State Police Shut Down Email After Malware Discovered

Virginia State Police have temporarily shut down their email system after malware was discovered on the agency’s email.

State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller says,“The email shutdown will not affect normal operations, but if you want to reach state police this morning you’ll have to use the phone. Well, we’re experiencing a malware that has impacted our email system and as a result in order to as quickly as possible containing it and eradicate it, we are shutting down our email network.”

Henrico County Board of Supervisors Approves Budget, Including More For Schools, But Father Says It Is Not Enough

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors yesterday (4/25) approved both general fund and capital budgets, with a steady property tax rate, new programs and full school funding.

But there was a last-minute protest. It was just one voice, but Pete Kinsella uses it often. “I know that you work with Henrico County Schools. My concern is they are not pushing hard enough and you’re not giving enough,” said Kinsella.

Kinsella complained about accreditation and per-pupil expenditures.

Henrico County Board of Supervisors Approves New Budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors last night (4/25) approved both general fund and capital budgets, providing a steady property tax rate, raises and new programs.

The $839.7 million dollar budget holds real estate taxes at 87¢, provides raises of 2.5% for all county employees, adds 27 firefighters, a new firehouse, 10 new policeman, a new heroine task force, and full funding for schools at $469 million, up 3.6% from last year.

County Manager JohnVithoulkas said, “We have provided everything the schools have requested.”

Forty-five Year Virginia Tech Carilion Study Shows Dramatic Effects of Early Childhood Education

Children who are given high-quality education at an early age are more likely to be employed full-time and have better relationships with their parents as adults according to a Virginia Tech study, now entering its fifth decade.

The study follows 96 children who have continuously participated in the Abecedarian Project, an early education program for at-risk infants and children that started in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1971. The National Institutes of Health funded the original study.

Governor Says Agritourism Is A $2.2 Billion Dollar Business In Virginia

Governor McAuliffe has announced new figures that show agritourism has become a $2.2 billion dollar business in Virginia, with everything from wine tasting to berry picking and farmer’s markets.

Pole Green Produce is ready, “We usually open this time of year and shoppers are coming back for more tomatoes and strawberries, snaps and stuff like that, cantaloupe.

Virginia Supreme Court Hears Atlantic Pipeline Cases

The Virginia Supreme Court is expected to decide in about 30 days on two cases heard yesterday (4/19), challenging a controversial state law that allows surveyors to enter private property without the owner’s consent.

The law has stirred strong opposition along the routes of two interstate pipeline projects in Virginia, Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Friends of Nelson County Spokesman Ernie Reed said, “This is just one piece of a very complex puzzle.”

Virginia Supreme Court Hears Atlantic Pipeline Cases

The Virginia Supreme Court heard two cases yesterday (4/19), challenging a controversial state law that allows surveyors to enter private property without the owner’s consent.

The law has stirred strong opposition along the routes of two interstate pipeline projects in Virginia, Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipeline, including Friends of Nelson County. Spokesman Ernie Reed said, “This is just one piece of a very complex puzzle.”

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