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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

National Sorority Group Asks UVA To Lift Greek Suspensions

A National sorority advocacy group says UVA’s suspension of Greek activities is not the answer to resolving sexual assault and student safety issues. The National Panhellic Conference said yesterday (12/9) that while it supports UVA’s plan to review the university’s culture and practices, the suspension of sorority activities should be lifted.

Norfolk State University Placed On Probation

Norfolk State University has been placed on probation by its accrediting agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced the decision yesterday, saying  it had found evidence of “significant” problems with NSU’s administration, governance and finances.

The decision comes 12 months after the agency put NSU on warning status. University officials had hoped the warning would be removed, instead it was handed a more severe status, just one step away from withdrawal of the school’s accreditation.

Carlson Enters Guilty Plea In Jogger’s Death

Mechanicsville Doctor Michael Carlson faces up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter yesterday. The 48-year old physician entered his plea in Hanover Circuit court.

Court records show that he struck and killed 34-year old Meg Menzies while she was jogging with her husband on a narrow shoulder on state Route 54 in Hanover. Police say there was evidence he had been drinking and his blood alcohol level was high.

Thousands of joggers paid tribute to the mother of three with spontaneous runs in the days following her death.

UVA Refuses To Remove Fraternity Suspensions, Promises Changes For “Safety and Well-Being”

The University of Virginia says it is creating a group to explore its policies and campus culture, and has refused to lift its suspension of Greek activities. School officials said yesterday (12/8) the suspension remains until January 9th and promised “an intense, ongoing period of introspection,” following the gang rape story in Rolling Stone magazine that has captured headlines across the country and galvanized the college community, despite later admissions from the magazine that the story may not have been entirely accurate.

Emergency Dress Rehearsal At Dominion Virginia Power’s Surry Station

Dominion Virginia Power’s Surry Nuclear Power Station is preparing a dress rehearsal for an upcoming emergency exercise. Tomorrow’s (12/9) rehearsal will involve localities within ten miles of the plant and will include emergency response personnel from several Virginia agencies, local governments and Dominion Power.

The full Virginia Operations Plan Exercise will be held in Feburary and will be evaluated by the  Federal Emergency Management Agency.

More Than 2,300 Virginians To Get Mortgage Settlement Checks

More than 2,300 Virginians are receiving checks as part of a national settlement with a major subprime mortgage servicing company. Attorney General Mark Herring says checks of about $1,150 are now being distributed and should be received by consumers in the coming weeks.

The money is going to borrowers who had mortgages serviced by Ocwen Financial Corporation and two affiliated companies, Homeward Residential and Litton Loan Servicing and who lost their homes due to foreclosures over a four-year period beginning in 2009.