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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

Governor Orders Retraining For ABC Agents

Governor McCauliffe is ordering retraining for ABC agents, following a high-profile arrest that left a UVA student bloodied and shouting allegations of racism. 

The Governor signed an executive order yesterday (3/25) requiring ABC agents to undergo retraining on the use of force, cultural diversity, community policing and interaction with youth.

Cost Of UVA Education Rises Sharply For Incoming Students

The cost to attend the University of Virginia will rise sharply in the Fall. Especially for first-year students.

Yesterday, the Board of Visitors approved a series of tuition increases that will boost the cost for in-state students about $470 and out of state about $1,580.

In addition to that, incoming first-year undergraduates will see tuition and fees rise by 11% or about $1,470.

The increases are said to cover projected shortfalls from state mandates, faculty raises, additional health staff and public safety.

Twenty-Third Annual French Film Festival

Carytown becomes a French village this weekend (3/28), with the 23rd Annual French Film Festival and there is something for everybody.

James Bond fans? The master stunt coordinator for six Bond films is here talking about how he did it.

Remi Junienne is the world-renowned stuntman and coordinator who worked on Goldeneye and 200 other films that seemed to defy physics. Now 85 years old, he is still doing it, and is in town this weekend to share his expertise at the French Film Festival, sponsored by VCU and the University of Richmond.

HDL Agrees To Settlement With Justice Department

Richmond-based Health Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed yesterday (3/24) it was close to reaching an agreement with the federal government that could end a lengthy investigation into its reimbursement with doctors who order blood tests.

The Wall Street Journal says HDL will pay a fine of $47 million and submit to government audits for the next five years.

Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that some doctors had received $4,000 a week in reimbursements from HDL for blood samples and the justice department has investigating.

BOEM Approves First Offshore Wind Generation Leases

The federal government has given the green light for a project off Virginia’s coast to test the waters for wind generation.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced yesterday it has approved a lease in federal waters for two wind turbines, each rising more than 500 feet and located 25 miles off Virginia Beach.

Dominion Virginia Power would operate the turbines. It has also successfully bid on a vast expanse of ocean set aside for wind generation.

SCOTUS To Hear Arguments Over EPA Authority To Regulate Power Plant Pollutants

The Supreme Court of the United States today (3/25) will consider whether the EPA has the authority to take action to curb emissions from  coal and oil-fired power plants.

The high court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that want to roll back Obama administration environmental rules aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants.

Chesterfield Named Top East Coast Locality For Logistics and Warehousing

Chesterfield County has just been named the top locality on the East Coast for logistics and warehouses by a firm that counsels big business where to locate.

Think Amazon and you’ve got the picture. The Boyd Company’s report is read by US and overseas corporations looking for a good place to locate and it will attract business to a county that is already booming.

UVA Student Bloodied In Confrontation With ABC Officers To Plead Not Guilty

The attorney for a University of Virginia Student, who was wrestled to the ground and bloodied in a confrontation with ABC officers, says his client will plead not guilty this week.

Twenty-year old Martese Johnson was charged with obstruction of justice and public intoxication or swearing after his arrest last week in a highly-publicized incident outside a Charlottesville bar. His attorney says he will plead not guilty in general district court Thursday.

Charlottesville Police Investigation Finds No Evidence of Alleged Gang Rape At UVA

Charlottesville police say they have found no evidence of a gang rape on campus, as described in an already discredited Rolling Stone magazine article. 

Announcing the results of a four-month investigation, Charlottesville Police Chief Timonthy Longo said yesterday (3/23) there were numerous discrepancies between the Rolling Stone article, published last November, and what investigators actually found.

Science Matters: James River Association Taking Student Applications For “Floating Classroom” On The James

The James River Association is looking for a few adventurous students for its 5th annual Floating Classroom, and the deadline is just a few days away.

The James River Association and the Dominion Foundation developed the idea five years ago.

They are taking applications from 10th and 11th grade students from any school in the entire watershed, for what amounts to 8 days on the water, camping at night along the riverbed.