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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

Petersburg Bus Station and Five Other Sites Added To Historic Landmarks Register

A Petersburg bus station that was the site of civil rights protests in the 1960’s has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register. 

The Trailways bus station in downtown Petersburg was a stop on the Freedom Ride civil rights campaign and was the site of protests and sit-ins in 1960 and 1961.

It is one of six sites added to the Historic Landmarks Register. Pocahontas State Park Historic District is another, and the Violet Bank in Colonial Heights, which once served as Robert E. Lee’s headquarters has been added. It is now a museum.

Governor McAuliffe Tells New Citizens About His Own Family’s Immigration From Ireland

Seventy-eight people took oaths to become U.S. citizens during the annual naturalization ceremony at Thomas Jefferson’s home over the weekend.

This July 4th will be more than a memory for those 78, including people from 40 countries who took the oath at the 53rd annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello.

Governor McAuliffe was there to welcome the new citizens and told of his own family’s history, when Bartholomew McAuliffe came to this country in the 1800’s from Ireland to start a better life for his family.

Danville City Council Won’t Remove Confederate Flag From Museum Flagpole

Danville City Council apparently will leave the Confederate flag where it is, atop a city museum. 

Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders says City Council will not revisit its decision to keep the Confederate flag on the museum grounds, despite a request last year from the museum’s board asking that it be allowed to take it off the flagpole and put it inside the  museum, and despite the uproar over the flag that followed the June 17th massacre in Charleston.

Seventh Shark Attack In Three Weeks In North Carolina Waters

Authorities have reported a seventh shark attack in three weeks off the North Carolina Coast. 

It happened around noon yesterday (7/1) on a beach on Ocracoke Island.

Hyde County Emergency services say 68-year old Andrew Costello was swimming with his adult son about 30 yards offshore, directly in front of a lifeguard stand, when he encountered a seven-foot long grey shark. The shark pulled him underwater and he received bites to his ribcage, hip, lower leg and both hands as he fought him off.

Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. Delivers On Promises: Twice As Much And Two Days Early

The nonprofit group that led the drive to save Sweet Briar has delivered its first installment to keep the school open and then some.

Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. was supposed to deliver $2.5 million by tomorrow, under terms of the mediated settlement.

They made it an even $5million and even delivered it two days early. This payment clears the way for new leadership, which will officially take place tomorrow.

Sons of Confederate Veterans To Fight Order To Remove Confederate Flag License Plates

The Virginia Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans says it will oppose Governor McAuliffe’s order to have its logo removed from state issued license plates.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is calling it a witch-hunt and banning the plates is unconstitutional.

The Governor says he will give the group the option of redesigning their plate without the flag, but he expects the current plates to be eliminated within a matter of months.

They say they will fight it, “whatever the cost.”

HDL Petitions Bankruptcy Court To Set Procedures for Sale

Richmond-based blood-testing company Health Diagnostic Laboratory has asked a bankruptcy court to set procedures for a sale.

HDL had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 7th. Company officials say the intent of the sale process is to sell the company as a going concern, and is planning to move “expeditiously,” to preserve the value of the business.