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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

SCOVA Says Local Approval Required For Transmission Line Across the James

The Supreme Court of Virginia says Dominion Virginia Power will need local approval for a key element of its proposed transmission line across the James. 

The court said regulators did not err when they approved the path of the power line, but that local approval will be needed for a switching station in James City County, where supervisors have already opposed the project.

Opponents cheered the decision, but stopped short of saying it would kill the project and plan appearances Richmond today (4/17).

Hearing Continues In Case To Exonerate Two Of Norfolk 4

A hearing continues today (4/17) in  Richmond for two former sailors who claim they falsely confessed to a 1997 rape and murder. Two of the infamous “Norfolk 4” were in federal court to clear their names.

Yesterday (4/16), Danial Williams testified he falsely confessed after 11 hours of grueling interrogation, because he just wanted the questioning to end.

All four were convicted and sentenced to prison but the case began to unravel after dozens of former FBI agents, ex-prosecutors and novelist John Grisham claimed they were innocent.

Two Of “Norfolk Four” In Court Seeking Exoneration

A hearing is set in Richmond today (4/16) for two former sailors seeking exoneration for a 1997 rape and murder they say they did not commit. 

They are part of the “Norfolk 4” and a sordid story of rape and murder who long have claimed police coerced them into falsely confession.

The ex-sailors drew national attention when their innocence claims were backed by dozens of former FBI agents, ex-prosecutors, and novelist John Grisham.

Judge Grants Injunction But Says Sweet Briar Board Following Regulations

A Circuit Court judge in Bedford has refused to block Sweet Briar College from shutting itself down, but did issue a 60-day injuction to halt the process pending further legal action.

In a narrow ruling, Circuit Judge James Updike said the college's board of directors was following procedures outlined in Virginia regulations, but did give some relief to an alumnae group seeking an appeal.

Mass Rally For Public Education At The Capitol April 18

Virginia educators and parents will be rallying in Richmond Saturday to demand that Virginia legislators and elected leaders “Put Children First” and improve the state’s schools. 

Among the leaders of tomorrow’s rally is longtime Richmond kindergarten teacher Lola McDowell. McDowell says she taught for 47 years, and things have never been worse.

VEA President Meg Gruber and Virgina PTA President Brenda Sheridan have invited the entire state to join them in a day of  festivities for the Put Kids First Campaign.

Randolph Macon Math Professor Scores A Hit With Geometric Sculptures On Campus

April is Math Awareness Month with a theme that Math Drives Careers. A Randolph Macon Professor believes it inspires art also.

Randolph Macon has a rising star in the Mathmatics Universe, whose geometric works of art are rapidly populating the campus, and she is teaching students that there is beauty in numbers.

Dr. Eve Torrence has written textbooks and teaches everything from fundamentals to Algebra and Calculus to mathematical origami and even code breaking.

Sweet Briar Faculty And Staff Join Legal Effort To Keep School Open

Sweet Briar College faculty and staff have joined in the legal effort to halt the closure of the 100-year old women’s college.

The amicus brief was filed yesterday (4/13) on behalf of 84 faculty and 65 staff members to support the county attorney’s request for a temporary injunction to stop the process of shutting the college down.

Today (4/14), a judge will hear motions in the case, which has become increasingly bitter.

The Board of Visitors and college administration say declining enrollment and student discounts make operations unsustainable.

State Revenue Collections Up Almost 12% In March

Virginia State revenues are higher than previously projected with March collections up nearly 12% higher than a year ago.

Governor McCauliffe’s office released the figures Monday (4/13), showing that with the strong March collections, total revenue is up 7.1% this year, two points higher than the growth projected in the state budget lawmakers approved last month.

First Freedom Center Announces Contest Winners

Richmond’s First Freedom Center today (4/13) announced its awards in a national essay contest for high school students to examine the role of religious freedom in our society.

It could have been about Jews, Muslims, Hindus or atheists, but this year’s video contest winner is a trio of high school students from Marmion Academy in Aurora, Illinois.