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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

Hanover Committee Rejects Student Requests for Changes in Controversial Materials Policy

In Hanover, a committee has rejected student requests for major changes in the school district’s controversial materials policy.

The student group Hanover Students for Freedom of Information and Learning introduced a proposal at the April School Board meeting to alter the policy so that 33 percent of parents and guardians must object to teaching material before an alternative assignment is offered, and teachers and employees be shielded from discipline for violating the policy without proof of willful intent.

Hanover to Consider Chickens and Bees in Residential Areas

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors tonight is set to consider measures to allow the keeping of chickens and bees in residential areas.

The chicken ordinance would allow residents to keep six hens, no roosters, in the backyards of single-family homes in most, but not all residential areas of the county.

Tom Harris, county spokesperson, says the current ordinance bans it, but some county residents say it would be educational, and offer a safe source of non-genetically modified foods.

Chesterfield County Planning New Park in Winterpock Area

Chesterfield County could get a new regional park Southeast of Winterpock and Beach Roads. The Chesterfield School board today (5/10) will consider transferring control of land previously set aside for school construction back to the county for the park.

The 50-acres in the 13,000 block of Beach Road was acquired for a new school, but those plans were abandoned because of demographic changes in the area.

They adjoin 190 acres the county is set to purchase from a private seller to create the new park. Money was approved in a 2004 bond referendum.

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez Scheduled To Speak At Democrat’s Jefferson-Jackson Fundraiser

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez is coming to Virginia to speak to the state’s Democrats. Perez is a potential running mate of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic Party of Virginia said yesterday (5/9) he will be the featured speaker for the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraiser.

Virginia is a swing state, considered critical in the presidential election. And, both Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are also being mentioned as possible vice-presidential candidates.

The Jefferson-Jackson event is scheduled for June 18th in Richmond.

VCU Health Systems and Sheltering Arms Hospital Launch Partnership for New Hospital

VCU Health Systems and Sheltering Arms Hospital have formed a partnership that could lead to a new hospital for the Richmond area. The two entities have begun a process that could result in a new rehabilition hospital in three years.

The joint venture will have a board of managers consisting of three members from each entity to oversee the certificate of need process, development of plans, construction and operation. The process is in its initial stage.

Forest Hill Avenue Improvements Delayed A Year

An ambitious plan to widen Forest Hill Avenue has been delayed by at least a year, because of delays in acquiring rights of way and easements.

The plan is to widen the road from four to five lanes and to add a median for left-turn lanes. Other improvements include bike lanes, sidewalks, storm sewers, traffic lights and landscaping, and a reduction in the speed limit from 40 to 35 miles an hour.

Planners expect 44,000 vehicles a day to use the road by 2020, and the $13 million dollar cost of improvements will come mostly from federal funds.

SCLC Pushes To Change The Names of Two Schools Named After Confederates in Hampton

Hampton residents will weigh in on a proposed name chance for two school campuses named after Confederate figures. The schools are named after Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee.

The Daily Press reports that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is pushing for the school division to change both.

School Board Chairwoman Martha Mugler said the board wants to make a decision based on what she calls the “true will” of the community, and has set two public hearings in May and June to try to determine exactly what that is.

Fifth District Congressional Race Shaping Up

Four Republicans are lining up to replace retiring Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt.

Last weekend, the Democrats nominated Jane Dittmar at the party’s district convention in Nelson County, and this coming weekend, it is the Republican’s turn with four candidates seeking the nomination.

They are State Senator Tom Garrett, former congressional security adviser Joseph Whited, Developer Jim McKelvey and technology executive Michael Del Rosso.

Chesterfield’s Newly-Appointed School Superintendent Named Superintendent of the Year

Chesterfield County’s newly appointed school superintendent has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

Two months before he takes over as head of the Chesterfield County School system, Dr. James F. Lane has been honored for his work in Goochland County, where he has been superintendent since 2012, especially his “Balanced Assessment Project,” whereby students were challenged to show not only what they have learned, but also how to apply the knowledge.

Activists Group Challenges VCU To Aid Nearby Homeless Population

Students and community activists have challenged Virginia Commonwealth University officials to use the school’s resources to aid the homeless community around campus. The group is called ASWAN, A Society Without a Name, for People Without a Home.

They are calling for sensitivity training for campus police and greater access to university restrooms for the homeless population living nearby.

A VCU spokesperson says restrooms are generally available to anyone during the times a building is open to the general public.