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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

Science Matters: UVA Searches For The Origins Of The Universe

Researchers at the University of Virginia are participating in a massive international experiment to study the origins of the universe.

Scientists believe The Big Bang created equal amounts of matter and anti-matter. They wonder now why they didn’t just cancel each other out.

Something tilted the balance, and UVA Physicist Craig Dukes is part of an international team and a $280 million dollar ghost hunt, investigating a particle that has survived since the beginning of time.

Federal Judge Orders Petersburg and Critic to Hold Settlement Talks Over Lawsuit

A Federal judge has ordered the City of Petersburg and its mayor to hold settlement talks with a man who says the city violated his first amendment rights.

Linwood Christian has been a frequent critic of city council, and when he attempted to speak at a January 20th council meeting, he says he was taken aside and told he would not be allowed to speak because of an unpaid fee and his name was subsequently struck from a list of speakers that night.

The fee was associated with his failed attempt to run for the school board last year. It has now been paid.

Navy Marks 15thAnniversary of Attack on USS Cole

It has been 15 years since the attack on the USS Cole, and the death of 17 sailors, and the Navy wants to be sure America remembers.

The Navy marked the 15th anniversary with a brief ceremony that included a roll call of the sailors, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.

Many family members fought back tears as they remembers loved ones who died in the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole while it was in Port in Yemen.

The Cole was attacked by suicide bombers who blew a hole in the hull of the ship that killed 17 and wounded 39 others.

Today Is The Deadline For Voter Registration

Today (10/13) is the deadline for voter registration for the November elections.

It’s not too late. The Virginia Department of Elections says eligible voters can register online, or in person at their local registration office by 5:00 p.m. today.

Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than today.

If you’re not sure about your registration status, you can check online at

Wildfire Season Begins This Week. Foresters Urge Caution

Virginia’s fall wildfire season begins this week.

The Virginia Department of Forestry says every year, most wildfires are caused by people burning trash or yard debris, and they are asking everybody to use caution while burning outdoors.

They advise residents to clean the burn spot and surrounding areadown to mineral soil, make sure a water source is ready and remain with the fire until it is completely out.

If a fire gets out of control, the person responsible is liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as damage resulting from it.

New Wason Poll Shows Clinton Losing Ground In Virginia

A Wason Poll just released this morning (10/12) shows Hillary Clinton top choice among Democrats, but losing ground, and Donald Trump top among Republicans, but also with the highest unfavorable rating.

Five months out from Virginia’s Super Tuesday primary in March and almost half the voters in the state say they are following the presidential candidates with interest.

GOP Looking for Leadership In The House

GOP lawmakers are meeting today to discuss their next move, following the surprise announcement yesterday that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has abandoned his campaign to become House speaker.

House Republicans seemed ready to coronate the Californian as their candidate, but were reportedly aghast when he rose and told them he would not seek the job. 

DKJ Plans Luxury Apartments At the Old GRTC Bus Depot On West Cary

Developers say they plan luxury apartments at the old Richmond bus depot on West Cary Street.

Two-hundred and 80 of them.  DKJ bought the property for just over nine million dollars last month, and they say they plan to spend another 35 million in improvements to the old GRTC bus terminal complex. 

Stone Brewing Company Takes Delivery Of Fermenting Tanks

Stone Brewing Company has just taken delivery on six massive fermenting tanks for its Richmond plant.

It expects six more today, arriving by barge, because they are too large to transport up I-95. 

The 14 foot in diameter tanks are made in Germany and each each holds 1,000 barrels of beer, about 248 thousand pints. 

The brewery is taking shape and officials say they hope to open a retail and tasting store by March 1st of next year, and brew its first beer in mid-April.