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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

Stone Brewing Announcement Today?

Stone Brewing apparently has chosen Richmond for its new major east-coast brewery. Governor McAuliffe is scheduled to make an economic development announcement today at the mansion, where he has already installed a kegerator filled with Stone Brewing beer as part of a major push to land the San-Diego based company’s brewery and eventually a restaurant and retail area, apparently at the Greater Fulton neighborhood site the city has been preparing for months. The Richmond Times-Dispatch cites several sources, though Stone Brewing has not yet confirmed it.

NASA Experimenting With Drones to Spot Swamp Fires

In  2011, Richmonders could see smoke from a fire at the Great Dismal swamp 100 miles away. Kathy Barnsdorf at NASA Langley says they have just developed a drone, to spot those fires early, when they can be easily stopped. The drone was the brainchild of a NASA researcher who lives near the Dismal Swamp. The drone, and several more like it, is army surplus. It is simple to operate, cheap to fly, and may soon be turned over to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to help in their aerial surveillance of the Great Dismal Swamp.

Three Judge Panel Says Virginia’s Congressional Maps Unconstitutional

A panel of federal judges yesterday declared Virginia’s congressional maps unconstitutional because they concentrate African-American voters into a single district at the expense of their influence elsewhere. Three federal judges ruled 2-1 yesterday (10/8) that the lines of the state's 3rd Congressional District were drawn in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The panel of judges allowed next month's election to proceed under the existing district lines, but ordered the General Assembly to redraw them by April 1, in time for the next congressional election in 2016.

Wason Poll Shows Gillespie Gaining, But Warner Still With Commanding Lead

A Wason Poll released early this morning (October 7) shows Democrat Mark Warner still with a commanding lead over Ed Gillespie, but the Republican Challenger in the U.S. Senate race is gaining ground. The poll shows Warner with 51%, Gillespie with 39%.

The Christopher Newport University Wason Center Poll was conducted September 29th Through October 5th, with 839 phone calls and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Says Cleanup Efforts Will Yield $130 Billion Per Year in Benefits

A report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the benefits of cleaning up the bay are four-times greater than the cost. In this first-time-ever study, financed by the foundation, bay cleanup will bring in 130 billion a year in economic benefits when the effort is fully funded.

Ann Jennings, Ex Director of the Virginia Chesdapeake Bay Foundation, says the General Assembly needs to fund 50 million per year for cleanup of municipal wastes and another 50 million for farmers to help pay for cleanup projects and concedes money is tight, but the payoff is worth it.

Navy Tests Self-Guided Boats To Protect Ships

The Navy says self-guided boats that are capable of swarming and destroying potential threats are becoming a reality. It is the nautical equivalent of aircraft drones and the tests are conducted in the James River in Southeast Virginia. The Navy says it has successfully demonstrated the autonomous swarm boat technology, with as many as 13 unmanned Navy boats escorting a high-value Navy ship, with some of those automatically swarming around a simulated threat.

Richmond Ranked 17th in the Nation in Charitable Giving Among Top 50 Metro Areas

A report just released by the Chronical of Philanthropy says America’s poor and middle-income people are giving a larger share of their incomes to charity, while the wealthiest are giving less. Richmond ranked 17th among the nation’s 50th largest metro areas at 3%, compared to number one ranked Salt Lake City at 5.4%.

Two Weeks To Register For Next Month’s General Election

Virginians have less than two weeks remaining to register to vote in next month’s general election. The deadline to register is October 14th.

he November 4th ballot features the US Senate race between Senator Mark Warner, and Republican Ed Gillespie, some local and congressional races, including the highly visible 7th district race between Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammel and Libertarian James Carr to replace Eric Cantor in the House.