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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

Metro Richmond Zoo Welcomes Five New Cheetah Cubs

The Metro Richmond Zoo welcomed five new cheetah cubs this weekend (9/19). The cubs were born Friday morning at the zoo to Milani, a three year old first-time mom, and Kitu, a six year old Dad. The cubs will have their first veterinary check-up later this week and the Zoo says it will launch another 24-hour cheetah cam to keep up with the new arrivals.

The Wild cheetah population is in drastic decline and breeding them in captivity is challenging, but this is the 2nd cheetah birth at the Metro Richmond Zoo in the last 11 months, adding 10 cubs to the captive population.

Hanover Planning Commission Recommends Approval of 68 New Homes At Atlee Station and Deer Stream Creek

The Hanover County Planning Commission has recommended approval of 68 new homes on Summer Duck Farm near Atlee Station Road and Deer Stream Drive. The project would include houses of at least 1800 square feet on approximately ¾ acre lots.

The developer has agreed to pay for road improvements, plant a buffer strip, and preserve a pre-Civil War House on the back of the property.

Neighbors said they were concerned about increased traffic, small lots and potential overcrowding at area schools.

The recommendation now goes before the Board of Supervisors.

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.