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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

Hanover Board Approves Development

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has approved a large residential and commercial development at one of the county’s busiest intersections. The board has voted to rezone 25 acres at Bell Creek and Pole Green roads from agriculture to multifamily residential and business where Hanover Land Investors LLC plans to build 48 single family homes, 73 townhouses and businesses.

Virginia To Receive Six Million In Federal Grants for Job Training Programs For Laid-Off Workers

Virginia is receiving more than six million dollars in federal funds for job training programs for laid-off workers. The money is going to the Community College system to enhance job training services for the long-term unemployed.  Officials say the funds will be used to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.  It is part of a larger 155 million dollar package nationwide in a grant through the US Department of labor and  will create or help to expand employer partnerships and provide career counseling and job placement.

AP Inquiry Reveals Extent Of Rail Oil Shipments Passing Through Virginia

There are new revelations this morning on the number of heavily-laden oil trains passing through Virginia and the rest of the country.The Associated Press has obtained documents that indicate every week in Virginia, approximately 2 to 5 trains carrying one million gallons of oil or more, pass through twenty Virginia counties.

The routing of oil trains has become an issue of rising concern after a string of fiery accidents. Those include derailments in Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, New Brunswick and Quebec, where a runaway oil train crashed last July killing 47 people.

World’s Most Powerful Telescope Has Portal In Charlottesville

The world’s most powerful telescope,  built to help unlock the secrets of the universe is located high in the Chilean Mountains.  But its access to all of North America, begins in Charlottesville. After decades of planning and construction, the 1.3 billion dollar radio telescope is peering into secrets of the universe, never before seen. Charles Blue at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville has visited the site three times.

Racing Commission Threatens To Cancel 2014 Season

The Virginia Racing Commission yesterday (June 24) warned both sides it is ready to shut down the 2014 racing season at Colonial Downs if an agreement isn’t reached this week. The racing track and Virginia’s horseman have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract since the old one expired in January. A special meeting yesterday apparently brought them no closer and the commission rescinded a previous order that would have allowed 25 days of racing this year, contract or not.