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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

Localities Will Have To Give Back To State To Close Budget Gap

Richmond will have to return almost 1.5 million dollars in state aid due to decline revenues. The money will come from core programs like police,  jail operations and help for troubled children and adolescents.  The reason is a 2.4 billion dollar gap in the state’s two-year budget and an agreement hammered out two months ago by the Governor and the General Assembly.

Henrico Woman Remains In Custody In ISIS Case

A Richmond woman charged with lying to federal investigators about supporting the so-called Islamic State militant group will remain in jail while she awaits trial.  Twenty-nine year old Heather Elizabeth Coffman, surrounded by her defense team and federal agents, and confined with ankle chains, appeared before a federal magistrate yesterday and waived her right to a detention hearing.  The FBI says she posted extremist material on her Facebook account, talked about arranging for her husband to train and fight with the group in Syria, and offered to make similar arrangements to an u

Lawmakers Told Proposed EPA Clean Power Plan Would Boost Electric Rates 30%

Dominion Virginia Power customers could see their electric bills increase 30% by 2025 if proposed EPA regulations are enacted. The Senate and House held a joint committee meeting yesterday to hear from state officials, energy company and environmentalists over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, to cut power plant emissions by 30%.A State Corporation Commission Staff report “conservatively” estimated that complying with the EPA’s proposed carbon emission rules would

Four Clover Hill Students Being Held, Facing Multiple Charges Following Cafeteria Fight

Four Clover Hill High School students are facing assault charges following a fight in the cafeteria yesterday. The fight erupted about 7:15 a.m. between two groups involving 15-20 teens. Police were called when school officials were unable to restore order, and one officer fired a Taser at a student who refused to stop.

Four students were charged with assault, three with criminal street gang charges, two with possession of marijuana and one with possession of alcohol. There were no serious injuries and no school lockdown.

Henrico High School Remains Closed Due To Power Outage

Henrico High School will remain closed today, after a contractor knocked out power, heat, working phones, and internet access yesterday (11/18). School let out early after the contractor hit a main line that feeds the electrical panel.

It happened about 10:30 a.m. Students were given lunch then dismissed at 1:00 p.m. They were offered transportation to their bus stops, and parents were sent a note.

A few buildings have power this morning and teachers and staff are expected to report on time. School officials hope power will be restored to the rest of the complex today.

Compromise Would Limit But Allow Natural Gas Drilling In National Forest

Over the objections of environmental groups and the Governor, a federal management plan just released today, will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in the George Washington National Forest. There is an estimated $10 billion in natural gas in a huge shale formation that extends from New York State to West Virginia, with a small sliver passing through Virginia and the national forest.

Henrico Woman Faces Federal Charges -– Accused of Promoting Islamic State

A Henrico County woman faces a federal charge after being accused of promoting the Islamic State. An FBI affidavit says Heather Elizabeth Coffman posted flags of the Islamic State and images of men holding AK-47’s on her Facebook account, tried to make arrangements for a man she said was her husband to train and fight with the Islamic state in Syria, and then offering to make similar arrangements for an FBI agent posing as an Islamic sympathizer during a sting operation.