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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

World’s Most Powerful Telescope Has Portal In Charlottesville

The world’s most powerful telescope,  built to help unlock the secrets of the universe is located high in the Chilean Mountains.  But its access to all of North America, begins in Charlottesville. After decades of planning and construction, the 1.3 billion dollar radio telescope is peering into secrets of the universe, never before seen. Charles Blue at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville has visited the site three times.

Racing Commission Threatens To Cancel 2014 Season

The Virginia Racing Commission yesterday (June 24) warned both sides it is ready to shut down the 2014 racing season at Colonial Downs if an agreement isn’t reached this week. The racing track and Virginia’s horseman have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract since the old one expired in January. A special meeting yesterday apparently brought them no closer and the commission rescinded a previous order that would have allowed 25 days of racing this year, contract or not.

Iraqi Fighting Sends Fuel Prices Higher

The Iraqi civil war has sent gasoline prices higher, and it could get worse. Virginia gasoline prices have inched up an average of three cents per gallon last week. Triple A MidAtlantic reports the average price in the state was 3.48 yesterday, up from 3.45 a week ago and seven cents higher than this time last year. Richmond is 3.43, up from 3.40 a week ago.

Green Roofs

The summer sizzle is once again raising awareness of a naturally, environmentally-friendly way to help keep cool and avoid major runoffs from drenching rains. Nestled into the riverbank along the James, is the VCU Rice Rivers Center, the state’s first Platinum-rated LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, whose crowning glory is a green roof.

Hanover Commission Approves Neighborhood Market

It appears Hanover County is about to get a new neighborhood Walmart market at Sliding Hill Roads and Charters Hill Court. The planning Commission has approved a rezoning request for a 42,000 square foot complex that includes a fueling center and a drive-through pharmacy. The layout plans and the developer are the same as a planned Walmart in Henrico, though the commission would not, or could not confirm it.

Lawrenceville Residents Oppose Plan To House Young Immigrants at St. Paul’s Campus

A Virginia Congressman is asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services to abandon a controversial plan to bring hundreds of Central American children to the old St. Paul’s college site in Lawrenceville. About 1,000 people packed the Brunswick High School Auditorium to hear the government’s explanation of how they planned to bring the young immigrants to the former college campus and how they would make it secure.

Attorney General Mark Herring Announces Steps To Improve Efficiency

Attorney General Mark Herring has announced steps to improve the office’s efficiency, including a new procurement policy for outside council. Herring said the AG’s office spent about 23 million 15 million and 14 million in 2013, 2012 and 2011 respectively for outside council, and although he say no evidence any of it was improper, there were no adequate measures to track it. Herring announced the hiring of Richmond attorney Shawri King Casey to serve as the first Compliance and Transparency Counsel and he says streamling the AG’s office is a good idea

Science Matters: Green Roofs

Nestled into the riverbank along the James is the VCU Rice Rivers Center, the state’s first Platinum-rated LEEDS building, whose crowning glory is a green roof. Part of the roof is literally growing plants to help control rainwater runoff, insulate the building and blend with the environment.

Green roofs are not new, sod roofs in Scandinavia have been around for centuries and the Europeans have traditionally been ahead of Americans. But a Virginia Tech Professor recently shared some new information about them, at an international gathering in Germany.