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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

Moment of Silence Today at Ashley Guindon’s Former High School

A Moment of Silence will be held today (2/29) at the high school where Prince William County Police Officer Ashley Guindon went to school.

The Principal of Merrimack High School said it was sad and tragic news and a moment of silence will be held in her honor, at the school where she graduated in 2005.

The 28-year old law enforcement officer was on her first day back at work when she was shot and killed and two other officers wounded responding to a domestic disturbance at a suburban housing development in Woodbridge.

Chesterfield County School Board Approves New $598 Million Dollar Budget

The Chesterfield County School Board has just approved a new $598 million dollar budget for the next school year. It includes 19 new elementary-level coordinators of special education and at least 25 teaching positions to reduce classes sizes and a 3% across-the board pay raise for all school employees.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the budget is $2.6 million less than requested by outgoing Superintendent Marcus Newsome, but he says it is nevertheless the best budget we have had since the recession and he believes the school system is in a good place.

House Subcommittee Kills Bill To Keep Police Officers’ Names Secret

A Virginia legislative panel has killed a bill that would have allowed the government to keep the names of police officers secret from the news media and the public.

It had passed the Senate 25-15, but a House subcommittee voted to kill it yesterday after spirited testimony.

The bill by Republican Senator John Cosgrove of Chesapeake had generated national attention, because it would have made Virginia the first state to pass such a law.

Thirteen Suspected or Confirmed Tornadoes in Virginia, At Least Four Deaths

Virginia is still reeling from a tornado outbreak that was part of a system spanning hundreds of miles and more than a dozen states with 26 confirmed tornadoes and at least seven people killed.

Thirteen of those tornadoes are either suspected or being confirmed in Virginia where four, and maybe five deaths have been reported. The worst was in Waverly.

USA today reports they were the first two killer tornadoes reported in Virginia in the month of February since records began.

Four People Killed in Virginia During Violent Storms That Swept The State

A Powerful storm system swept across the East Coast yesterday (2/24), killing seven people, four of them in Virginia.

Worst hit was the town of Waverly. Two men, and a two-year-old boy died when a tornado tore through Waverly and destroyed their mobile home. In Waverly, there was at least a three mile swath of destruction.

Another person was killed in Appomattox where seven others were injured. The reported funnel cloud carved a path of destruction eight to ten miles long.

Henrico County School Board To Schedule Public Meetings on Name Change for Byrd Middle School

The Henrico County School Board is set to schedule public meetings on renaming Harry F. Byrd Middle School.

The board tomorrow will consider holding public meetings to discuss the school that was named after Harry F. Byrd, Sr., one of the most influential Virginian politician in middle years of the 20th century, who in the Virginia Senate, the United States Senate and as Governor, where he famously fought against the United States Supreme Court’s decision to end school segregation.

Enhanced Risk of Severe Thunderstorms in Virginia This Afternoon

A deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes in the Gulf Coast states last night is expected to bring severe weather to the Carolinas and Virginia by this afternoon.

In Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities say the storms mangled trailers, ripped roofs from buildings and killed at least three people. By the time the system reaches Virginia this afternoon, forecasters are expecting this.

Wayne Albright, National Weather Service in Wakefield says although tornadoes are possible with thunderstorms.

Genome Study Reveals Gene That Increases Risk of Strokes

A Doctor at the University of Virginia has found a genetic link that increases the risk of strokes.

Strokes are the number two killer worldwide, and even if not fatal, can be debilitating.

UVA’s Doctor Bradford Worrall says the most comprehensive genome study yet has revealed some familiar genes, and one new one, that increase the risk.

Trial Over Virginia’s Photo ID for Voters Underway In Richmond Federal Court

The trial over Virginia’s photo ID for voters is underway in Richmond.

There was compelling testimony yesterday (2/22) from a 69-year old black woman, who wept on the witness stand as she testified about the difficulties she had voting in the 2014 election in Virginia. Josephine Okiakpe said she produced several forms of identification, but did not have a photo ID that was considered acceptable under the 2013 law that is being challenged by the Democratic Party of Virginia. She said he cried as she recalled others looking at her and snickering, leaving her upset and frustrated.