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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

Major Expansion of Sawmill Operation In Pittsylvania County

Governor McAuliffe has announced a major expansion of the Gregory Lumber company sawmill operation in Pittsylvania County. Economically-stressed Pittsylvania County will get some help from a 29-year old company and native resources that go back to the pioneers.

Overall Forestry is Virginia’s third largest private sector industry.

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore says thanks to the Governor and the General Assembly, the state’s reforestation of timberland program is fully-funded for the first time in over 25 years.

Virginia Aviation Museum To Close Its Doors End of June

The Virginia Aviation Museum, which opened its doors in 1991 on Richmond International Airport property, is closing at the end of this month.

Home to 38 aircraft and rich in aviation history, the museum building had outlived its usefulness.

The Byrd plane, and 37 other treasures from aviation’s earliest days, will be on display through the end of the month when the museum will close. Until then, admission is free.

Gloucester County School Board to Appeal Transgender Bathroom Case to U.S. Supreme Court

The Gloucester County School board will appeal a federal court ruling on bathroom access for a transgender student to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gavin Grimm was born female, but identified as male.

A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of Grimm’s using the boy’s bathroom, but last week the board asked the entire court to hear the case.

Now they will petition to have it go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Richmond-based appeals court will wait to finalize its ruling, until the Supreme Court decides whether to take the case.

National D-Day Memorial Service Honors 2,499 Who Died

A special Memorial was held at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedfordm, a small Virginia town that suffered the highest losses in the country for its size on June 6th, 1944.

Bedford lost more men per capita than any other place in the country, and the National D-Day memorial honors those 19, and all the others who didn’t come home. But yesterday (6/6), they did something that has never been done before. They read every single name to honor the so-called “Bedford Boys,” and the thousands of others who died on June 6th, 1944, the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

Thousands Turn Out To Pick Up Trash For Annual Clean the Bay Day

Thousands turned out Saturday (6/4) for the 28th annual “Clean the Bay Day,” to pick up trash along rivers beaches and shorelines. It has become an annual expression of concern for the Bay, its tributaries and the environment.

Every year, thousands turn out to pick up trash other people have left behind. These volunteers were at the James River Park, near Reedy Creed.

Thousand more picked up about 138,000 pounds of trash at 260 sites along some 440 miles of shoreline.

Two New Laws Require School Divisions to Be More Vigilant of Students Recovering from Concussions

The Governor signed into law this week a bill requiring local school divisions to be more mindful of students who return to classes following concussions.

The Centers for Disease Control says each year, hundreds of thousands of K-12 students sustain a concussion as the result of a fall, a sports injury or a car crash.

UVA’s Dr. Howard Goodkin was part of a task force that helped to develop two new state laws to help protect students who suffer concussions or have other health issues.

Supreme Court of Virginia To Hold Special Session On Felon’s Voting Rights

The Supreme Court of Virginia has scheduled a special session on July 19th to take up the GOP challenge to Governor McAuliffe’s order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons.

Republican leaders in the General Assembly were eager to have the case decided by August 25th. Republicans argue the Governor exceeded his authority in granting the rights en masse rather than reviewing cases on an individual basis.

The Governor portrays the action as a remedy for racial injustice.

There are rallies in support of restoration of rights scheduled for Saturday (6/4).

Richmond Area Jobless Rate Lowest in Eight Years

The Richmond region’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest April level since 2008.

Ann Lang, Senior Economist for the Virginia Employment Commission, says milder weather for construction and hiring for the tourist season are factors.

The Richmond area had the sixth lowest rate among the nation’s 51 largest metroploitan areas, along with Dallas, Boston and the Washington, DC area.

Hispanic Americans Get Head Start on Clean the Bay Day

Memorial Day is a time thousands of Virginians went to the river, the beach, and the bay.

But last weekend, this group of Hispanic Americans got there early, to help make it cleaner for everybody else.

Denis is a native of Guatemela, who has lived in Richmond 10 years, he is part of a group of 40 Hispanics that gathered at Ancarrow's landing in downtown Richmond Saturday (5/28), to help pick up trash.

Verizon and Union Reach Contract Agreement, Workers Expected Back on Job June 1

Verizon Communications and leaders of striking unions have reached a tentative agreement and hope to end a walkout that has lasted nearly seven weeks. 39,000 union workers walked off the job, including nearly 1,000 in Central Virginia and pickets went up at Verizon locations here for two-four hour shifts.