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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

Henrico Panhandler Wins Major Court Victory

The Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the right of a homeless Henrico man to panhandle along county highways.

The court said Henrico’s ordinance against pan-handling in the medians and along the curbs was too broad and limits free speech.

Robert Reynolds, who is nearing 60, has been been fighting county authorities since the ordinance went into effect in 2008, and got some help from a noted international law firm, which took his case and won a major victory on appeal.

Dominion Proposes New Routes for Atlantic Pipeline

Dominion Transmission is proposing an alternate route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Across the Blue Ridge and through Nelson County.

It is a huge project--$5.5 billion dollars and 550 miles through three states that requires multiple federal, state and local permits.

Environmentalists called it a huge mistake and some Nelson County residents vowed to fight it until the project is dead.

University of Richmond Names New President

The University of Richmond has named the former president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts as its new president to succeed Edward Ayers, who is retiring on June 30, 2015.

Sixty-eight year old Ronald Andrew Crutcher has been a distinguished college administrator at a diverse range of institutions, the first cellist to receive a doctorate at Yale University, and will be the first African-American to serve as president of the University of Richmond.

Key Vote On Stone Brewery Proposal Postponed

Richmond City Council has delayed a key vote on the Stone Brewing deal for another week. Council members emerged from an apparently acrimonious closed-door session and postponed a vote on a land-transfer critical to the deal.

The million-dollar transfer of the old intermediate terminal building would pave the way for Stone’s future riverside restaurant phase, which could require the city to back another $8 million dollar bond issue on top of the $23 million already approved for the brewery.

It is also considered a threat by some local restaurants.

National Guard Remains On Duty In Wise County

Virginia National Guard Members remained in Wise County over the weekend, helping with storm relief.

Ten soldiers from a Cedar Bluff-based engineering company are on active duty in the county.

The soldiers have been delivering water to two locations, and they transported a resident who could not be reached by emergency service personnel. Two soldiers are working in the county emergency operations center.

US Investigating Female Student Complaints At W&L

The US Department of Education is investigating whether Washington and Lee University discriminated against a female student when she complained last Spring about a sexual assault.

The Roanoke Times reports this morning that W & L President Ken Ruscio informed students in a letter over the weekend that he was notified last week of the investigation and the university will fully cooperate.

Morrisey Wants Seized Computers And Case Files Back

Delegate Joe Morrisey is taking his case to court, to force authorities to return materials seized from his office. 

Morrisey’s motion will be heard today in Henrico Count Circuit Court. He says authorities executing a search warrant last month took case files and computers, bringing his law practice to a virtual standstill.

In December, he was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sentenced to six-months in jail.

He now faces charges of fabricating a document he produced at his sentencing in that case.

Key Vote Pending On Restaurant Phase Of Stone Brewing Deal

The Stone brewing deal may not be done yet.

Initial work is underway at the Fulton site, but a city council committee hearing heard yesterday that the brewer wants to be sure the land will be in place for a projected future restaurant phase, before fully committing to build a brewery there.

Last year, Council approved a $23 million dollar bond project, which Stone would repay for the brewery, but has not yet been asked to sign off on the more controversial restaurant phase, which is estimated at another eight million dollars.

Chesterfield Man Saves Woman Trapped In Her Car In Frozen Pond

The woman’s car had smashed through a fence into a partially frozen pond and started to sink.

Dr. Matthew Bartholomew was driving by, saw the commotion, stopped his car, heard her screaming, took off his shoes and shirt and plunged into the icy water after her.

He found her trapped inside the car, in the back seat, breathing the last remaining air, but could not reach her.

Fire Still Smolders At Site Of Oil Train Derailment

A fire triggered by the derailment of a train carrying crude oil is smoldering for a third day in southern West Virginia. That train left the tracks Monday (2/16) in the town of Mount Carbon, West Virginia, caught fire, demolished one home and sent fireballs shooting hundreds of feet into the air. The CSX train was carrying three million gallons of North Dakota crude oil bound for Yorktown. 

Initial tests show no oil has gotten into local water filtration plants, but state officials are taking steps to protect the Kahawha River.

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