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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

Security Guard Changes in Fatal VCU Pharmacy Incident

A private security guard has been dismissed and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a man seeking to buy prescription drugs at the VCU Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Pharmacy.

A multi-jurisdictional grand jury brought the charges against 67-year old George Brown, Jr., in connection with the death of 64-year old Butch Whitaker of Henrico.

Police say he was found unconscious on the floor with a serious head injury after an altercation. They declined to say what happened.

Wildlife Officials Kill Wrong Bear

State Wildlife officials say yesterday (8/20) that the wrong bear was killed following an attack on a hiker at Douthat State Park. 

They say it happens. They were searching for the bear that attacked Laurie Cooksey of Midlothian, who was hiking with her children along a trail, when a black bear charged them, caught her from behind and bit her leg and back before they escaped.

Wildlife officials found a bear matching the description nearby and killed her, but DNA tests now confirm it was the wrong bear.

Former Governor McDonnell Denied Bid for Freedom During Appeal

Former Governor Bob McDonnell has just been denied a bid to remain free on bond, and immediately appealed to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (8/20).

The Richmond-based court denied his bid and said their mandate will be issued in seven days.

But then, there is the appeal to Justice John Roberts. If Justice Roberts and the rest of the court refuses to let him remain free during his appeal, McDonnell could begin serving his 24 month prison terms in a matter of weeks, as the bureau of prisons finds a place and prepares the paperwork.

Hanover Planning Commission To Consider Five-Story Parking Deck For Planned Outlet Mall Off I-95

The Hanover County planning Commission today (8/20/15) is set to consider a proposed five-story parking garage, that could be the precursor of a long-anticipated outlet mall off I-95.

The Parking garage would be just of I-95 at Exit 89, near the Bass Pro shop. It would have 737 closed spaces and another 138 in the open, and add to the more than 1,000 parking spaces already planned on a 43 acre site where a large outlet center is in the works.

Sons of Union Veterans Plan Encampment In Richmond Beginning Today

Richmond will become home to the annual encampment of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War this weekend.

Beginning today (8/20), hundreds are expected in the former capitol of the Confederacy for the 134th gathering of the fraternal organization, dedicated to preserving the history and legagy of those who fought for the union.

They will be coming from all over the country and plan to visit many of the area’s civil war attractions, many will be wearing period dress.

Date Set For Maureen McDonnell’s Appeal on Corruption Convictions

A date has been set for oral arguments in Maureen McDonnell’s appeal over her corruption convictions. 

October 29th is the date set for oral arguments in the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals over whether the former first lady’s corruption convictions should be reversed.

Her lawyers filed a legal brief yesterday (8/19/15) saying the court’s definition of “official acts” is too broad and gives ordinary citizens no clue of what conduct should be punishable.

University of Richmond Sociologist Helps Empower Women In Uganda

In many cultures today, women are still subservient to men, to the detriment of both. And so it is in Uganda.

It is critical in Uganda, and much of Africa, because women are the farmers here and famine is never far away.

Dr. Elizabeth Ransom is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Richmond, who spent the summer in Uganda evaluating a Gates Foundation initiative to give women farmers cows, and resources, and training and marketing skills. They have been held back by culture and tradition. In Uganda, men run the family, make the decisions, handle the money.

Candidates Support Watkins’ Votes at 10th District Forum

Candidates at the first forum for Virginia’s critical 10th District Senate Seat all said it was time to get politics out of judgeships and redistricting last night (8/18/15).

All four want to replace retiring Senator John Watkins, who crossed partisan lines and refused to let his party unseat the Governor’s choice for a Supreme Court Justice, or redraw district lines.

GOP Says Governor May Act Illegally If He Reappoints Justice Roush

Virginia Republicans are warning Democratic Governor McAuliffe not to reappoint his choice to the Virginia Supreme Court when her interim appointment expires next month.

Republicans say if the Governor reappoints Justice Jane Marum Roush as he says he plans to do, it will be “at best dubious and at worst, unlawful.”

Chesterfield County Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Kevlar, and the Spruance Plant That Makes It

Chesterfield County is celebrating the 50thanniversary of Kevlar, and the Dupont Spruance Plant that manufactures it.

Kevlar is one of Dupont’s most successful products and the Chesterfield plant its largest manufacturer in the United States.

Board Chairman Steve Elswick is a retired firefighter and says Kevlar has had a huge impact in protecting him and others in public safety and the military.

Kevlar is now 50 years old, the Dupont plant is 80 years old, and Dupont CEO Ellen Kullman was there to celebrate both.