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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.

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Newport News Police Chief To Update Fatal Police Shooting Incident July 4th

Police in Newport News have scheduled a news conference today (7/15) to update investigations into a deadly 4th of July shooting of a city man by a police officer.

Police Chief Richard Myers will meet with reporters this morning, two days after services for Kawanza Beaty, a 23-year old Newport News man who was fatally shot by police after they say he failed to obey commands to drop a sawed-off shotgun.

Myers is expected to update both a criminal and an internal investigation into the incident.

Protests Continue Over Confederate Symbols

Protests over confederate symbols continued yesterday (7/15), in Danville and Portsmouth.

In Portsmouth, tensions were high as protestors demanded removal of a confederate monument downtown, with one councilman calling the civil war an act of domestic terrorism, and the monument an affront.

The City attorney said removing a monument would be costly and require a change in state law. Some protestors were ejected.

Meanwhile, in Danville, there was a two-hour protest over a confederate flag flying over the Sutherlin mansion, now a museum.

VRS Earnings Down Slightly For Fiscal Year Ending June 30th

The Virginia Retirement System’s return on its investments was down slightly in the fiscal year that ended June 30th. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the retirement system, with more than $68 billion in assets, earned a 4.6% return on investment income. That is below the 7% annual return it relies upon to help fund state and local employee pensions.

Officials say it is just a temporary retreat and moreoever, this year’s General Assembly passed legislation to pump more money into the fund and improve the long-term outlook.

UVA Planetary Geologist on Team Assessing Pluto Fly-by

NASA says its New Horizons spacecraft will complete a historic flyby of Pluto today (7/14), making its closest pass over the small, icy world at 7:49 this morning. A UVA researcher is on the team assessing this first glimpse.

Alan Howard is a planetary geologist with a front-row seat to history in the making.

Howard is at the John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Columbia Maryland, where all the data will begin coming in later today.

Russian Taliban Fighter Must Face Trial In U.S.

A Russian man charged with leading a Taliban attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan has lost his bid to avoid trial in federal court in Virginia.

Fifty-five year old Irek Hamidullin’s lawyers say he was a prison of war and can’t be prosecuted as a criminal.

His lawyers say it is a first-of-a kind case, a foreign national taken off a battlefield and brought into a U.S. courtroom for trial, and is fundamentally unfair.

It is part of an unfolding legal battle over the rules of war as they apply, or do not apply, to worldwide terrorism.

Commonwealth To Give Away $850,000 To Bioscience and Energy Job Creators

The Commonwealth has $850,000 dollars it is giving away to four or more entrepreneurs building businesses in Virginia in the bioscience or energy sectors. It’s a contest, and deadline for entries is just two days away.

Secretary of Commerce & Trade Maurice Jones says the contest will award two $225,000 dollar first place prizes, two $175,000 dollar second place prizes and one honorable mention at $50,000. He says the judges are looking for young businesses with a plan.

Ft. Lee Mortuary United To Be Deployed to Southwest Asia

Ft. Lee is holding a deployment ceremony this afternoon for members of the US Army’s 54thQuartermaster Company.  

The detachment from Ft. Lee is being deployed to Southwest Asia.

The United States still has military deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with combat troops remaining in Afghanistan, and a few hundred now returning to Iraq. And some are still in harm’s way.