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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

Kaine Amends Disclosure Form To Reflect Luxury Seaside Stay

US Senator Tim Kaine did not initially report a three-day stay at a seaside luxury resort in Southern Spain as required by Senate rules.

The $1,400 trip, including lodging for Kaine and his wife, was paid for by a non-profit with close ties to a lobbying firm, which would have required him to report it.

The non-profit was the US-Spain Council, which shares an address, phone number and staff with a federal lobbying firm.

Senate rules generally prohibit lobbyists from paying for foreign travel, but watchdogs say the rules have giant loopholes.

State Likely To Finish With Surplus, Raises for Employees

Virginia state employees could be in for a 2% pay raise, as state revenues achieve a dramatic turnaround from this time last year.

The Governor and the General Assembly approved the 2% hike if the state had a revenue surplus, or a shortfall of less than o1% at the end of fiscal 2015 next month.

State Finance Secretary Rick Brown told members of the House Appropriations Committee yesterday (6/15), Virginia is on track for a $427 million dollar surplus.

State To Offer Pilot On-Line High School Education

The Virginia Department of Education is set to launch a pilot program in the fall that will allow students to earn a high school diploma without stepping inside a classroom. 

The online program will be run through the state’s Virtual Virginia classroom program, with state-approved curriculum and state-employed teachers.

It will begin with only 100 students and be offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Science Matters: UVA Plans To Make Body Parts To Order

The University of Virginia may become one of the first places in the country to “print” body parts to order. 

Thirteen years ago, Japanese researcher Makoto Nakamura discovered that human cells were the same size as ink droplets in an injet printer.  Years later those printers now exist…and scientists at UVA have two of the nation’s four most advanced bioprinters, with which they hope to make human parts.

Professor Shayne Pierce-Cottler has just acquired the two printers for UVA’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Alleged Victim Confronts Jesse Matthew In Fairfax Courtroom

A woman, who authorities say was assaulted by the same man accused of killing a UVA student, came face to face with him in a Fairfax Courtroom yesterday (6/4).

The encounter was brief. But it provided a preview of the courtroom drama expected next week when a jury trial begins for 33-year old Jesse Matthew.

The woman’s testimony was focused on a narrow legal question to determine whether the ability to identify Matthew as her attacker had been corrupted by pretrial publicity in which his picture has been shown repeatedly.

Petco Accepts “Full Responsibility” for Dog’s Death

Petco has accepted responsibility for the death of a two-year old dog that was being groomed at a Chesterfield store.

Petco says it takes full responsibility, has fired the employees involved, ordered retraining of all groomers, and will remove the kind of driers used on the golden retriever who was left there and died.

Allison Marks had dropped Colby off for a regular grooming on a Saturday and when she called to check on her dog, was summoned to a nearby animal hospital where a veterinarian told her he believed Colby died of a heat stroke.

Virginia Tech Testing Drones For News Coverage

The Day could come soon when your local TV station could be flying drones to help cover breaking news, but there is a problem. Actually, more than one.

Drones are unmanned aircraft fitted with cameras, or even weapons, that threaten to clog the nation’s airspace, compromise privacy, and fill the sky with an accidents waiting to happen.

Rose Mooney is Executive Director of the MidAtlantic Aviation Partnership, under contract with the government find a way to use drones safely and properly.

Aging Virginia Center Commons Could Become Open Mall

Virginia Center Commons could become an open mall as it struggles to survive. The 24-year old regional mall is dealing with age and increasing competition.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning (6/4) says it has uncovered some marketing material that suggests its owners are planning to change it from an enclosed mall, to an open air mall like the area’s newest, Short Pump and Stoney Point.