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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

SCOTUS to Hear Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage Bans

The United States Supreme Court will consider challenges to gay marriage bans across the country Tuesday (4/28).

The nine justices will  hear oral arguments in four challenges from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee, where the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld marriage bans, splitting from other appellate courts, including the Fourth, that overturned bans including the one in Virginia. 

Nationwide, same-sex couple can now marry in 36 states. 

Dominion Puts Wind Power On Hold

Dominion Virginia Power has put its offshore wind-power program on hold. Dominion says plans to erect two test wind turbines 24 miles off the coast of Virginia will cost almost twice the original estimate and the turbines will not be up and running in 2017 as planned.

Dominion and its partners are forming a task force to look at ways to bring the costs down. 

Environmentalist say the company is just “dragging its heels.”

DOJ Wants Hinkley Monitored If Released

Government lawyers say the man who shot President Ronald Reagan should not be released to live in Virginia, or anywhere else, without strict conditions.

John Hinkley, Jr. shot President Reagan 34 years ago. He is now 60 years old and spends half his time with his 89-year old mother at her home on a golf course in Kingsmill resort in Williamsburg, the other half in a mental hospital.

There are hearings this week to determine whether he should be allowed full-time freedom with conditions.

Race Weekend; Traffic Re-routed

It is race weekend in Richmond (4/25), and traffic  is being re-routed on roads leading to Richmond International Raceway.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will change traffic patterns today and tomorrow and advises motorists to expect heavy delays in the area this weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity series race at RIR. 

Henrico police officers will direct motorists before and after the races tonight (4/24) and tomorrow night (4/25), and message boards along the interstates and other roads will post traffic updates.

Dominion Virginia Power Installs State's First Fully Integrated Solar & Battery Storage System

A solar installation at Randolph-Macon College is testing a solution by becoming the state’s first fully integrated solar and battery storage site of its kind, which will help provide a steady delivery of electricity even when the sun is not shining.

School Divisions Will Have To Publicize Line-Item Budgets Beginning July 1st

School Boards across the state will have to make their budgets public line-by-line beginning July 1st.

This year’s General Assembly passed the legislation, sponsored by Hanover Senator Ryan McDougle, that expands the current state law requiring school divisions to make their budgets available online and in hard copy for inspection. But the law did not spell out how specific the budget needed to be.

Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico already provide line item budget presentations. But beginning July 1st, it’s a requirement for everybody.

Fairfax Wrongful Death Settlement

Fairfax County has agreed to pay nearly $3 million dollars to settle a wrongful death lawsuit after one of its police officers shot and killed an unarmed man.

Police records say 46-year-old John Geer was standing in the doorway to his townhouse with his hands on top of the storm door, when he was shot once in the chest by officer Adam Torres. Geer spun, closed the front door and fell to the floor.

Illnesses Rise To Ten In Blue Bell Recall Case

The Center for Disease Control says the number of illnesses linked to the Blue Bell recall has now increased to 10.

Blue Bell has pulled all of its products off the shelves in 23 states, including Virginia, due to samples tainted with listeria, traced to a production line in Texas and another in Oklahoma.

Listeria primarily affects pregnant women and their newborns, elderly and people with weakened immune systems. It can be fatal, but no deaths have been associated with the Blue Bell cases.