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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

SELC Sues Dominion Over Alleged Pollution

The Southern Environmental Law Center is suing Dominion Virginia Power, claiming that a former Chesapeake Power plant is polluting groundwater.

The lawsuit says coal ash ponds at the site of the now-closed plant are leaking arsenic and other chemicals into the Southern branch of the Elizabeth River and groundwater and alleges violations of the Clean Water Act. Nearly 975 thousand tons of coal ash is stored at the site.

A plan to cap and cover the ash ponds is currently being reviewed by the State Department of Environmental Quality.

Richmond Peace Education Center's 2015 Peace Essay Contest and Last Year's Winner

The Richmond Peace Center is again seeking students to enter its annual essay contest.  The young winners provide lessons for all of us.

Sive Howell was 12 years old when she wrote about a young Pakistani girl her age who defied the Taliban for her right to go to school. (Aired March 12 at 5:32 pm.)

Date With Dad Weekend Includes City Inmates

This weekend, a group of city girls have a special date with their dads…in jail…for a “father daughter dance,” jointly sponsored by the Richmond Health District’s Family and Fatherhood Initiative and Camp Diva, which began the tradition.

For the past 8 years, hundreds of Richmond area fathers and daughters have enjoyed a special evening of dancing and entertainment, some of them in jail.

Chesterfield County Administrator On Medical Leave

Chesterfield County Administrator Jay Stegmaier is on medical leave for several weeks because of undisclosed health issues. Sixty-one year old Jay Stegmaier has been administrator since 2007.

County officials would not disclose his illness, citing privacy concerns, but Board Chairman Steve Elswick says he expects he will return soon.

Stegmaier was successfully treated for cancer in his lymph system when he was 20, but told the Times-Dispatch during an interview in 1997 it helped him shape how he dealt with problems.

Bloody ABC Arrest Of UVA Student, Governor Calls For Investigation

Governor McCauliffe has called for an investigation into the bloody arrest of a black UVA student by ABC officers during an altercation outside a popular Irish pub in Charlottesville.

The incident was captured in cellphone videos and photos and has prompted an outrage on social media.

They show UVA junior Martese Johnson on the ground, bleeding from a head wound as three police officers from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control restrain him.

Forest Service Issues Permit For Pipeline Survey

Builders of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline have gotten permission to survey a 12.6 mile slice through the George Washington National Forest.

The Forest Service announced yesterday (3/17) it is issuing a temporary special use permit for the survey that will assess soils, federally listed threatened and endangered plants and animals, and cultural resources, but stressed that the survey approval does not necessarily clear the way for construction of the pipeline, and that they considered 7,400 public comments before issuing the permit.

Unemployment At Its Lowest Rate Since October 2008

Virginia’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in January to its lowest level since October 2008. The statewide jobless rate was 4.7% in January, down from 4.8% in December. Local rates will be released Friday (3/20).

Job growth continued to be slow in Virginia compared to the nation, as cuts in federal government spending continue to impact the state.

For the 12-month period, national job growth was 2.3%, Virginia was 0.3%.

Dominion Warns of Disruptions Without Line

Dominion Virginia Power is warning that some of its customers could face power interruptions if it is not allowed to build a controversial transmission line over the James.

Dominion says nearly 300 thousand Tidewater customers could be at risk of brownouts or rolling blackouts and has sent them letters about it this month.

Dominion has proposed power lines that would tower over the James within site of Jamestown Island, which was settled 400 years ago, and some historians and conservationists find fault with that.