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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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General Assembly Doubles Funding for Bay Cleanup

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says cleanup efforts received a significant boost in funding from this year’s General Assembly, and is on track for a complete restoration by 2025.

The General Assembly approved almost $62 million to help farmers with better practices. Peggy Sanner, Attorney for Chesapeake Bay Foundation says that’s double last year’s allocation.

There is $59 million to improve wastewater treatment plants. Hanover will get $157,000, Richmond $3.5 million and Hopewell $35 million over the next three years.

Henrico County School Board Votes to Change Name of Byrd Middle School

The Henrico County School Board has unanimously voted to change the name of Harry F. Byrd Middle School. The action came after a petition drive and complaints that many students would not have been allowed to go there if the architect of massive resistance in Virginia had his way.

Byrd was a governor, US Senator and a powerful political force in the 20th century who attempted to keep the state’s public schools segregated after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed it.

No replacement name was offered, but suggestions will be taken over the next 30 days.

Henrico Planning Commission Improves Major Development Near Virginia Center Commons

The Henrico County Planning Commission has approved a plan to rezone 250 acres west of Virginia Center Commons, for a proposed 1,035 home development. HH Hunt, plans to build the community in what it calls River Mill with 450 single family homes, 300 town homes and 285 apartments.

Homes would start at $340,000, but escalate to $420,000+ for lots along the bluff of the Chicahominy River. It is adjacent to the proposed Greenwood Park and a proposed extension of Woodman Road.

Potential neighbors in Magnolia Ridge worry about increased traffic and overcrowding schools.

Governor Vetoes Bill to Prohibit Localities from Removing War Memorials

Governor McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited cities and counties from removing war memorials, including Civil War Monuments that recall the South’s history of slavery.

Supporters of the bill said it would protect the state’s historical record, opponents said that it would stymie local debate over how to treat painful symbols of the Confederacy.

The Governor said “these discussions are difficult and complicated, unique to each community, and the bill would have effectively ended what he called “these important discussions.”

State Emergency Preparedness Officials Plan State-Wide Tornado Drill

Following Virginia’s deadliest tornadoes, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service are planning a statewide drill to help you prepare.

Officials say the actual tornado warning is not the time to figure out where to go or what to do.

Each year about one million people sign up to participate. You don’t need to register to participate.

The drill is at 9:45 a.m. March 22nd and you can find more about it at

At Least Five Injured In Crash of a Richmond-Bound Greyhound

At least five people have been injured in the crash of a Richmond-bound Greyhound bus in Northern Virginia. It happened yesterday morning (3/9) on State Route 123 in Fairfax County, when police say the bus rear-ended a pickup truck.

Reports vary on the number hospitalized, police said 12, rescue personnel reported five, Greyhound counted seven, none of which sustained any life-threatening injuries.

Another two dozen passengers who were not hurt were taken to a park where they waited a few hours for another bus to arrive.

Virginia Beach Police Will Not Be Charged In Shooting Deaths of Couple

Four Virginia Beach police officers will not face charges in the shooting deaths of two people, inside a car, in a convenience store parking lot.

It happened September 5, 2015, when police shot and killed murder suspect Angelow Delano Perry, and in the exchange of gunfire, his girlfriend India Kager.

Police did not know the couple’s four-month old son was in the back seat. He was not injured.

Police say Perry was a suspect in two murders.

Chesterfield Board Could End Downtown Express Bus Route 81

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today to end GRTC Route 81…an express bus service from Chesterfield Plaza to downtown Richmond.

The number of riders on route 81 has dropped to only a handful, since the fare doubled to six dollars one-way last March. Even so, Chestrerfield County has been subsidizing those riders about 790 dollars each every month.

GRTC operates 59 routes in Richmond and parts of Henrico and Chesterfield and says it will provide the services Chesterfield requests. Other stops are more profitable.

Henrico County Manager’s Budget Proposes Full Funding For Schools, Raises for Employees, No New Taxes

Henrico County’s Proposed new budget includes full funding for public schools, raises for all employees and no tax increases.

County Manager John Vithoulkas presented a budget yesterday that would fully fund public schools and provide a 2.4 percent raise to all county employees.

Real estate taxes would remain at 87 cents per hundred, the 38th year they have held steady or declined. The budget is based on an increase in the general fund from 786 to 811 million.

Woman Escapes From Her Car Just Before It Was Struck By a Train in Chester

A woman in Chester escaped from her car just before it was struck by an Amtrak train late yesterday.

Police say the woman lost hear bearings when trying to make a turn and accidently wound up on the tracks, just before the crossing gates were lowered and the train was bearing down on her.

The car stuck, but she managed to get out before the train hit the car, pushing it about 200 feet down the tracks. She received minor injuries. She was not identified.

Police are investigating, but say other vehicles have been struck near that spot in the past.