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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

Burning Ban In Effect in Virginia National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service has just implemented a fire ban in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, as extreme drought conditions and wildfires continue to plague Western Virginia. The ban goes into effect immediately.

Steve Counts, Virginia Department of Forestry, says there have been eight large fires in the last two weeks in five counties and he says, they suspect arson in some of them. He says most people just need to be reminded to be careful.

Commonwealth Institute Says Virginia Public Schools Becoming More Racially and Economically Segregated

Virginia schools have grown more racially and economically segregated during the past decade according to a report published this month.

The Washington Post highlights the numbers this morning (11/15) from a report released by Richmond-based Commonwealth Institute, which it characterizes as a “left-leaning think tank.” It shows the number of students attending schools that are considered racially and economically isolated as doubling from 2003 to 2014.

Dominion Warns of “Disconnection” Scam That Victimized 2,800 Customers Last Year

Dominion Virginia Power is warning of a scam that has victimized more than 2,800 customers in Virginia over the past year.

It’s a call, and the caller ID might say “Dominion,” but it is not. She says the scammers will demand immediate payment and threaten to cut of your power, even tell you a truck is on the way.

Last year, hundreds of customers fell victim, paying nearly $200,000 dollars in response to threats of disconnection. Learn more at

Virginia Transit Association Warns of 2020 “Fiscal Cliff,” for State Transportation Subsidies

With state budget preparations underway, the Virginia Transit Association is warning of a 1.2 billion dollar gap over the next decade that could affect capital funding in Richmond and across the state.

With a tight state budget already predicted, the Virginia Transit Association is getting its wish list in early with a message to lawmakers at every level, some of it close to home.

Executive Director Lisa Guthrie says that project, and many others, depend heavily on capital fund subsidies from the state, which is running out of money.

Anti-Trump Protestors Take To the Streets in Richmond, Cities Across the Country

Anti-Trump protestors took to the street in cities across the country last night (11/9), including Richmond, blasting his campaign rhetoric and shouting “not my president.”

They protested in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and in dozens more.

In Richmond, police say an estimated 1,000 protestors flooded onto the interstate near the 95-64 interchange and through the city, chanting obscenities and shutting down traffic. A reporter for WWBT says he was attacked by a crowd near VCU.

University of Richmond Expert Says Healthcare For 385,000 Virginians Now In Jeopardy

There are over 385,000 Virginians enrolled in Affordable Care Act Insurance in Virginia, whose coverage is now in doubt.

Before the election, Donald Trump vowed to dismantle and replace Obama Care. In theory, that could happen quickly.

Rick Mayes is a professor of public policy and political science at the University of Richmond. Trump mentioned possible tax incentives, but details are unclear.

Mays advised President George H.W. Bush’s administration on Medicaid policy he spoke yesterday (11/9) at a forum at the UVA School of Medicine.

Virginia Tech Climate Expert Says Global Warming Is Real

The New Paris Agreements to limit Global Warming have just gone into effect, but a Virginia Tech researcher says the risks are high and there is no time to waste if we are to avoid catastrophic events.

The Army Corps of Engineers, for example, says sea level in Norfolk could rise as much as six feet by the end of the century, threatening the Naval base, local homes, and local businesses

Anamaria Bukvic, a Virginia Tech climate expert, says sinking land, global warming, and rising seas are real.

Final Wason Poll: Clinton 48, Trump 42 in Virginia

Hillary Clinton maintains a six-point lead over Donald Trump in Virginia, according to a Wason Poll released this morning (11/7).

The final poll is out, and that’s what Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center says the day before elections. Dr. Rachel Bitercofer, Assistant Director, says Trump regained some lost ground among Republican women, but still faces a 10 point gender gap.

This poll was taken after the news that the FBI was re-examining Clinton emails, but before the announcement yesterday they found nothing to warrant any charges.

Virginia Secures Additional Federal Money to Expand Caregiver’s Program for Alzheimer’s Victims

Virginia has secured additional federal funding to expand statewide a program to strengthen services for Virginians experiencing dementia and their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s cases are expected to skyrocket in Virginia by2030, causing pain to both the victims and the families.

Jim Rothrock, Commissioner of the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, says the 260 thousand dollar grant will expand Families Services to enroll another 100 caregivers.

There is a documentary on the Caregiver’s perspective on WCVE Television November 10th at 9 PM.