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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

Richmond Sees Lower Than Expected Revenue From Bike Races

If the movie mantra “show me the money” were applied to bike races, Richmond hasn’t seen it yet.

Richmond officials predicted the race will bring in $3.8 million in local taxes and bring an economic boost of about $129 million.

The bottom line could prove that optimistic. But that optimism could be currency of another kind, a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post called the races “optimistic” and said Richmond has been steadily evolving from a sleepy, genteel Southern town into a vibrant, if not hip place that welcomes diversity, food, the arts, and sports.

State Council of Higher Education Hears Plea for Stable and Sustainable Support

The Presidents of Virginia’s public colleges and universities say higher education is in trouble.

Speaking before a meeting of the State Council of Higher Education yesterday (9/21), William and Mary College President W. Taylor Revely, III said “we can no longer assume, as the state has assumed, everything will be ok,” that there is a need for funding that is stable and sustainable, and that the state should set some institutions, “free” and allow them to rely on tuition dollars from out-of-state students rather than state support.

SCHEV To Meet Today On Strategic Plans

Higher education officials and school presidents will discuss the future of Virginia’s colleges and universities today (9/21). They will be looking at the state’s strategic plan for postsecondary education at a meeting in Petersburg.

The Virginia plan for Higher Education includes aligning resources among K-12, community colleges and universities.

Today’s agenda includes a discussion of higher education’s preliminary recommendation for the next biennial budget.

Former Virginia Peanut Company Executive Faces Life In Prison

A former Virginia peanut company executive, convicted of shipping tainted food and faking lab tests could be sentenced to prison for life.

A sentencing hearing is set today (9/21) in Georgia for 61-year old Stewart Parnell, convicted a year ago of crimes linked to a salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine people and sickening 714.

Judge W. Louis Sands has calculated he faces up to 803 years in federal prison.

His lawyers say nobody has ever faced life in prison in a food-related crime before. Prosecutors say he deserves it and want to send a message.

Second Day of Racing For UCI Road World Championship

Today (9/21) will see younger riders competing in the women’s junior time trial and the men’s U23 time trials. The 15 kilometer course begins downtown at North Fifth and East Broad, heads west on Monument, then south over the river on the Lee Bridge,  loop back onto the bridge head north through downtown and finish at North Fifth and East Broad streets.

Ramps from I-95 North and South to Broad are closed for the duration, as well as streets along the route.

Student Rebel Plans to Wear Confederate Flag Clothing Despite Suspension

One of the 20 students who received a one-day suspension at Christiansburg High School for wearing clothing for displaying the Confederate flag says he will do it again. 

Senior Houston Miller organized a rally outside the school yesterday (9/17), and says when he comes to class this morning, he will be wearing the Confederate flag on his clothing, despite the school dress code and despite his previous suspension.

There is a new policy that prohibits students from wearing articles that reflect adversely on people because of race, gender or other factors.

Redskins Living Up to Training Camp Deal, According to State Officials

The Washington Redskins are good with their training camp deal in Richmond, according to a review just concluded.

State Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones says the Redskins have made good on their part of the bargain, in a “creative” strategy to bring their training camp to Richmond in return for an unusual $4 million dollar state grant.

Percentage of Older Workers Rises Dramatically; Bon Secours Encourages Flexibility

The Number of older workers has dramatically increased in the past 15 years, as more and more people find they cannot afford to retire.

It was 3% in 2000. Now its 20%. One of those still on the job is 82-year old Nettie Coleman. She says she is lucky, because she actually wants to work, and she works for Bon Secours that has an aggressively policy to retain older workers.