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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

The Science Museum of Virginia Opens Its New Speed Exhibition This Weekend

The Science Museum of Virginia is preparing for the grand opening of Speed, its most ambitious gallery in history.

Chief Wonder Officer Rich Conti especially likes the wind tunnel, where visitors can experience winds up to 80 miles an hour. Decked out in his immaculate suit and tie, he stood under it to show how it works.

New Evidence Submitted in UVA Defamation Suit Over Alleged Gang Rape at UVA

There is new evidence that a University of Virginia Student who alleged a gang rape at a campus fraternity, made up the ringleader of the purported attack.

The Washington Post reports this morning that the legal team representing UVA assistant dean Nicole Eramo, filed new evidence in the federal court case involving Rolling Stone’s retracted portrayal of the evidence in her eight million dollar defamation suit.

Newport News Shipbuilding Announces Plans To Build 12 New Nuclear Submarines, Hire 1,000

Newport News Shipbuilding is planning to eventually add more than 1,000 jobs to help build a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines for the Navy.

Defense spending has been a key to Virginia’s economy, and it has been a rollercoaster ride in recent years.

The shipyard, which is the state’s largest industrial employer, has layed off 1200 workers since last year, and could cut 300 more.

Sweet Frog Founder Plans Water Park in Chesterfield

A proposal by the founder of the Sweet Frog frozen yogurt chain plans to build a water park in Chesterfield County near State Route 288.

Derek Cha, a native of Korea, came to the United States as a child and has founded several successful business ventures, include Sweet Frog which opened with one store in Short Pump and grew to 300 before he sold controlling interest to Boxwood Capital Partners.

Richmond Planning Commission Gives Preliminary Approval For Walker Statue

The Richmond Planning Commission has given preliminary approval to plans for a statue of Maggie L. Walker on Broad Street.

The statue is smaller than the original plans, the live oak tree is coming down, there is a smaller wall behind the statue, and it will be made of granite cobblestones instead of brick--all tweaks in response to public comments on the proposed statue and plaza at Broad, Brook Road and Adams Street.

Maggie Walker was a banker, a business person, a teacher, and a pioneer, paving the way for women and blacks for generations to come.

Declining Revenues Threatens Scheduled Pay Raises for State Employees

Declining revenues could delay or halt a 3% pay raise scheduled for state employees and college faculty members.

Virginia’s Secretary of Finance, Ric Brown said yesterday (5/16) state revenues were trailing projections by about $347 million dollars and if they don’t improve by the end of June, those raises could be put on hold. He remains hopeful that collections of income and sales taxes will improve and early May revenues were up 23% over a year ago.

Virginia’s Attorney General: State Council of Higher Education Has No Authority Over Proposed Name Change at GMU Law School

Virginia’s Attorney General says George Mason University does not need state approval to change the name of its law school for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The State Council of Higher Education was scheduled to vote on the proposal today (5/17).

Staffers said yesterday that a recent opinion from the attorney general’s office concluded that Mason doesn’t need their approval.

Richmond School Board Votes to Keep All Schools Open

The Richmond School Board voted last night (5/16) to keep schools open, despite a $10.9 million dollar budget gap. The Board voted 6-3 to take the option of closing five schools off the table after a two hour discussion on the budget.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Superintendent Dana Bedden told them, “you will have to cut something,” as administrators present the board with a balanced budget that keeps the schools open, but cuts programs that affect students and how they learn in the classroom.

State Approves $500,000 Dollar Grant To Renovate Ashland Theater

The Town of Ashland has been awarded half a million dollars to revitalize the Ashland Theater. The money had been set aside for months, but held up while the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development reviewed the town’s application for compliance with its requirements under its Industrial Revitalization fund.

But last week it was approved, with the provision the non-profit Ashland Theater Foundation must raise at least $75,000 dollars before the money is dispersed.

The town landmark was opened in 1948 and closed 50 years later.