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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

Council Committee Rejects Proposed One-Cent Cut In Property Taxes

Mayor Dwight Jones’ proposed tax cut has received a setback. It was a modest one, but city council’s finance and economic development committee has voted 3-0 to reject the proposed one cent reduction in property taxes next year.

The city is re-examining the tax rate because assessments rose by more than 1% and that triggers a state law requiring the city either roll back the tax rate or have a public hearing and vote to keep it the same.

Committee members suggested council consider spending priorities, including schools, before it goes before the full nine-member council.

Storm Surge Map To Help Virginia Coastal Residents

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is offering a storm surge map for coastal areas. The department has created a new tool to help coastal residents assess the risks of rising waters in a storm surge. Officials say the map presents a worst-case scenario, but is not a real-time tool.

Storm surge is the abnormal and dangerous rise of water over the tide. It is pushed to shore by high winds, typically a hurricane or tropical storm.

CDC Confirms Seven Cases of Enterovirus D-68 in Virginia

The Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that Virginia has become the latest state to detect a respiratory illness causes by Enterovisus 68. The CDC says seven of ten children have tested positive for the virus so far, all at St. Mary’s hospital. Since Saturday 329 more have visited the Emergency Room for treatment, ninety% of those, with a respiratory problem. Forty-six were admitted, some to the ICU, and while those cases have not been confirmed as D-68, the hospital has brought on extra doctors and nurses and supplies.

Deadly Domestic Violence Focus Of Williamsburg Conference

Deadly domestic violence is the focus of a conference beginning today (Sepember 17) in Williamsburg. Organizers say about one in every three homicides each year in Virginia are attributed to intimate partner violence.

Virginia’s top public safety officials will be in Williamsburg today to address law enforcement officials, along with advocates for victims of domestic violence. Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran will deliver opening remarks. Attorney General Mark Herring is also scheduled to attend.

Virginia-based Electronics Firm Developing Device To Detect Texting Drivers

ComSonics, based in Harrisonburg, is working on a radar gun-like device that would detect radio frequencies that emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone. Text messages and calls have different profiles that can be distinguished by the device. In Virginia and several other states texting is illegal, talking is not.

ComSonics revealed plans at the second annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit yesterday and said it was “close to production” but still had several hurdles to clear, including legislative approval and adoption by law enforcement.