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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

Massey Cancer Center and Tricycle Gardens Collaborate to Make People Well

Researchers say obesity has now replaced tobacco as the leading, preventable cause of cancer, and Massey Cancer Center has joined forces with Tricycle Gardens, to bring that story home.

Every Thursday, there is a little farm stand in the middle of the city, Marshall and College Streets, right in front of Massey Cancer Center.

Germany’s Largest Retailer Invades Virginia Grocery Market, With First Wave of Store Openings

The Grocery Wars Intensified yesterday, as Germany’s largest retailer opened its first US Stores and although they aren’t in Richmond yet, it won’t be long.

Customers in Hampton and Virginia Beach got a preview of what is coming to Richmond very soon, as Lidl’s opened its first wave of stores yesterday. Jeff Metzger, publisher of Food World and Food Trade News describes them this way, “pricing is their mojo, they feel they can compete with anyone.”

Henrico Board of Supervisors Funds School Budget Gap, But With Concerns About Process

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors last night approved 5.3 million dollars to offset a revenue shortfall in the school budget, but they were not happy about it.

The shortfall occurred because of lagging sales tax revenues and overestimated student enrollment projections.

Brooklyn District Supervisor Harvey Hinson said, “It shocks me, that we are not getting the numbers right.”

Varina Supervisor Tyrone Nelson said, “I have no intention of voting against it, I just want to know what happens if we don’t.”

New Mental Health Requirements For Faster Service Signed Into Law

Governor McAuliffe yesterday signed three bills to make mental health services more accessible to people in need.

The first requires same-day service for assessments, and the Governor signed it in Chesterfield, which served as a model for the states’ 40 community service boards. Governor McAuliffe says, “Chesterfield has become a great example of how changing the way services are provided, can yield great outcomes.”

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-miscegenation Statues In Virginia and 15 Other States 50 Years Ago Today.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia…a Caroline County case that struck down bans on interracial marriage in Virginia and 15 other states.

Mildred literally married the boy next door in Washington, in June of 1958 and she and Richard returned to Virginia, where they were arrested in the middle of the night. Mildred Loving says, “It was about two am, and I saw this light, you know and I woke up and there was the policeman standing beside the bed.”

Alexandria Man Convicted of Supporting Terrorism

An Alexandria man, who quit his job as a DC bus driver and traveled to Islamic State territory, has been found guilty of supporting terrorism, and faces possible life in prison.

Twenty-seven year old Mohamad Khweis was tried in the Eastern District of Virginia and Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond says the evidence was against him.

“There were many pieces of evidence that looked suspicious, like his destruction of his cellphone, encryption, not telling anybody he was going, and then his own testimony was often inconsistent.”

The Virginia Supreme Court Considers Punishing Two Judges For Alleged Inappropriate Political Activity

The Virginia Supreme Court heard freedom of speech arguments yesterday, that could lead to punishment of two retired judges accused of inappropriate political activity.

It stems from a recommendation from the Virginia Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission, that the two retired judges campaigned against relocating the Augusta County courthouse and that constitutes political activity, and that they should be retired, censured or removed. Both the ACLU and the Rutherford