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Charles Fishburne

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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

Decision on Ashland Theater Expected Tomorrow Night

Ashland Town Council is set to consider the fate of a favorite landmark this week. 

It is the Ashland Theater, a relic of times past when people actually went to a neighborhood theater, and still a beloved landmark. 

The town recently received a half-million dollar state grant for redevelopment, but could lose the money without a definitive plan to spend it. 

US Supreme Court To Decide Whether To Review Huguely Case.

The United States Supreme Court is expected to decide today whether to looking into the caser of a former UVA lacrosse player, convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend five years ago. 

The high court begins its new term this morning, and may decide whether to consider George Huguely V’s request for a judicial review. 

He was convicted in 2012 of murdering Yeardley Love, and sentenced to 23 years in prison for second-degree murder. 

Governor Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Potentially “Perfect Storm”

Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency, as weather forecasters increasingly warn of a major storm.

The Governor is urging residents to prepare for potentially dangerous storms for the rest of the week.

Following heavy rains and flooding in many parts of the state Tuesday, forecasters say the worst is yet to come.

Washington & Lee Law Professor To Defend Accused Charleston Mass Murderer

A Washington and Lee University Law Professor is defending the man charged with killing nine people in the  Charleston, South Carolina massacre in June 2015. David Bruck has been appointed lead attorney for Dylann Roof in the federal hate crime case because of his “extensive experience” in death penalty cases across the country.

At Washington and Lee, Bruck directs the Capital Case Clearing House, a law school program that serves as a resource center for court-appointed defense lawyers in death penalty cases.

Major Storm Predicted For Most of Virginia Thursday Into the Weekend

Tropical Storm Joaquin is strengthening in the Atlantic and expected to become a hurricane, but it is only part of the major storm brewing in Virginia.

Whatever path Joaquin takes, forecasters say it could contribute to a major storm in Virginia, beginning tomorrow (10/1). 

Rainfall cold total up to eight inches in some places, with significant inland flooding, heavy surf and strong winds late this week and into the weekend.

Native Americans Lobby For Federal Recognition

Seven Native American Tribes in Montana and Virginia have made their case before a congressional panel to grant them federal recognition.

It happened yesterday (9/29) before the House Subcommittee on Indian Affairs, on legislation sponsored by Virginia Republican Congressman Robert Wittman.

If the bills pass, they would grant tribal sovereignty and make them eligible for US government benefits from education to health care.

Chickahominy Tribe Chief Steve Adkins said, “We have stayed together as Indian people for hundreds of years. Today, we ask you for justice.”

Jobs Offered To Several Hundred, But “Not All,” HDL Employees By New Owner

The company that bought the assets of Richmond-based Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc., says it is offering jobs to “several hundred” HDL employees, but not all of them. 

HDL, once one of Richmond’s fastest-growing companies, had nearly 900 employees in 2014, but was down to fewer than 600 last month after a settlement with the Department of Justice over its business practices, and a bankruptcy filing in June.

Virginia’s Attorney General To Announce Initiative For 21st Century Policing

Virginia’s Attorney General will be crossing the state today (9/29) to announce what he calls a “major initiative” to promote 21st century policing. 

Attorney General Mark Herring thinks it is important enough to make this announcement with community and law enforcement leaders in Arlington, Norfolk and Richmond today.

He will also be accompanied by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.