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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

Puckett Emails Released

Newly released emails show the interim director of the Virginia tobacco commission was uneasy about the timing of a potential job offer to former Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett, whose recent resignation has been investigated by the FBI. The emails were obtained by the Associated Press and show the GOP controlled commission appeared to create a position solely for Puckett and even solicited his input in crafting the job description.

Triple A Predicts Heaviest Holiday Travel Since 2007

Triple A predicts 41 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home during the July 4 th holiday weekend and it will be an extended one for many vacationers.

The weekend officially starts next Wednesday at midnight, and more people will be on the road planning to spend more money - much of it on credit.

Triple A has a news conference scheduled this morning to talk about Virginia but if those numbers approach the national projections they will be the highest level for Independence Day Travel since 2007.

Hanover Board Approves Development

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has approved a large residential and commercial development at one of the county’s busiest intersections. The board has voted to rezone 25 acres at Bell Creek and Pole Green roads from agriculture to multifamily residential and business where Hanover Land Investors LLC plans to build 48 single family homes, 73 townhouses and businesses.

Virginia To Receive Six Million In Federal Grants for Job Training Programs For Laid-Off Workers

Virginia is receiving more than six million dollars in federal funds for job training programs for laid-off workers. The money is going to the Community College system to enhance job training services for the long-term unemployed.  Officials say the funds will be used to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.  It is part of a larger 155 million dollar package nationwide in a grant through the US Department of labor and  will create or help to expand employer partnerships and provide career counseling and job placement.

AP Inquiry Reveals Extent Of Rail Oil Shipments Passing Through Virginia

There are new revelations this morning on the number of heavily-laden oil trains passing through Virginia and the rest of the country.The Associated Press has obtained documents that indicate every week in Virginia, approximately 2 to 5 trains carrying one million gallons of oil or more, pass through twenty Virginia counties.

The routing of oil trains has become an issue of rising concern after a string of fiery accidents. Those include derailments in Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, New Brunswick and Quebec, where a runaway oil train crashed last July killing 47 people.

World’s Most Powerful Telescope Has Portal In Charlottesville

The world’s most powerful telescope,  built to help unlock the secrets of the universe is located high in the Chilean Mountains.  But its access to all of North America, begins in Charlottesville. After decades of planning and construction, the 1.3 billion dollar radio telescope is peering into secrets of the universe, never before seen. Charles Blue at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville has visited the site three times.