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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

Governor Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Potentially “Perfect Storm”

Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency, as weather forecasters increasingly warn of a major storm.

The Governor is urging residents to prepare for potentially dangerous storms for the rest of the week.

Following heavy rains and flooding in many parts of the state Tuesday, forecasters say the worst is yet to come.

Washington & Lee Law Professor To Defend Accused Charleston Mass Murderer

A Washington and Lee University Law Professor is defending the man charged with killing nine people in the  Charleston, South Carolina massacre in June 2015. David Bruck has been appointed lead attorney for Dylann Roof in the federal hate crime case because of his “extensive experience” in death penalty cases across the country.

At Washington and Lee, Bruck directs the Capital Case Clearing House, a law school program that serves as a resource center for court-appointed defense lawyers in death penalty cases.

Major Storm Predicted For Most of Virginia Thursday Into the Weekend

Tropical Storm Joaquin is strengthening in the Atlantic and expected to become a hurricane, but it is only part of the major storm brewing in Virginia.

Whatever path Joaquin takes, forecasters say it could contribute to a major storm in Virginia, beginning tomorrow (10/1). 

Rainfall cold total up to eight inches in some places, with significant inland flooding, heavy surf and strong winds late this week and into the weekend.

Native Americans Lobby For Federal Recognition

Seven Native American Tribes in Montana and Virginia have made their case before a congressional panel to grant them federal recognition.

It happened yesterday (9/29) before the House Subcommittee on Indian Affairs, on legislation sponsored by Virginia Republican Congressman Robert Wittman.

If the bills pass, they would grant tribal sovereignty and make them eligible for US government benefits from education to health care.

Chickahominy Tribe Chief Steve Adkins said, “We have stayed together as Indian people for hundreds of years. Today, we ask you for justice.”

Jobs Offered To Several Hundred, But “Not All,” HDL Employees By New Owner

The company that bought the assets of Richmond-based Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc., says it is offering jobs to “several hundred” HDL employees, but not all of them. 

HDL, once one of Richmond’s fastest-growing companies, had nearly 900 employees in 2014, but was down to fewer than 600 last month after a settlement with the Department of Justice over its business practices, and a bankruptcy filing in June.

Virginia’s Attorney General To Announce Initiative For 21st Century Policing

Virginia’s Attorney General will be crossing the state today (9/29) to announce what he calls a “major initiative” to promote 21st century policing. 

Attorney General Mark Herring thinks it is important enough to make this announcement with community and law enforcement leaders in Arlington, Norfolk and Richmond today.

He will also be accompanied by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.

Recalled Anatabloc Bottles Reportedly Sold On eBay

The company previously known as Star Scientific has filed a federal lawsuit against a former employee, accusing him of stealing recalled bottles of Anatabloc and selling them on eBay for personal gain.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals claims Howard Jones, and his wife Stacey, improperly took over 1,700 recalled bottles from a storage facility in Chase City and peddled them on eBay.

State Residential Center For People With Disabilities Lays off 81 Workers

A State residential center in Amherst County for people with disabilities has laid off 81 workers as part of a shutdown plan.

The Central Virginia Training Center gave 30-day layoff notices to 71 full-time and 10 part-time employees last week. Most of them are support staff.

The Center in Madison Heights is scheduled to close in 2020 under a settlement with the US Department of Justice to end warehousing of people with disabilities.