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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

CW Offers To Protect Iraqi Artifacts from ISIS

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has offered to house Iraqi artifacts to protect them from destruction by the Islamic State Group.

The foundation says Colonial Williamsburg made the offer to a team of Iraqi archeologists and museum experts who visited earlier this month and has drafted a memorandum of understanding offering to work with the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage.

Dominion Wants To Provide Less Rate Data

Dominion Virginia Power wants to provide less financial information to state regulators, including whether its rates are designed to provide a fair profit for investors.

It comes in the wake of a new law passed by the 2015 General Assembly which will freeze the base rates through at least 2022.

Dominion says as a result, the information is irrelevant to this year’s review.

Dominion filed the waiver request as part of the 2015 review.

Opponents say the company is trying to keep important details about its rates hidden from public view.

Delegate Joe Morrisey Completes Jail Term

Delegate Joe Morrisey, legislator by day and inmate by night, completed a jail term stemming from his relationship with a 17-year old receptionist at his law office.

He served a three-month work-release sentence, which coincided with the 2015 legislative session. Although some of his colleagues in the General Assembly discussed censuring him or expelling him, it never happened.

Briefs Filed In McDonnell Case Call For Reversal

Forty-four former state attorneys general from across the country have urged a federal appeals court to toss out former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s public corruption convictions. 

They say the jury that convicted McDonnell did so based on “ingratiation and access and nothing more,” and that it blurred the line between common political courtesy and corruption, and that it could make picking up a check for a modest dinner illegal.

VMI’s John Daniels Humanitarian Award Goes To Civil Rights Pioneer John Lewis

A Civil Rights pioneer will be honored at Virginia Military Institute tomorrow (3/11), with an award named in honor of VMI graduate Jonathan Daniels who gave his life in the dark days following the March to Montgomery.

In 1965, Jonathan was a seminary student, who answered Dr. Martin Luther King’s call for help in Alabama and was shot down protecting a teenager who wanted to buy a soda at a store that was off limits to blacks. Jonathan Daniel died that day during the violent struggle for civil rights in Alabama. It was 50 years ago.

Commemoration Of The Fall Of Richmond Set For April

A four-day commemoration in Richmond will mark the 150th anniversary of the fall of the Confederacy’s capital.

A black shroud of smoke covered the city on April 3, 1865, and one woman wrote of the roaring of flames, the bursting of shells at the Confederate arsenal, the sounds of martial music, the neighing of horses and the shoutings of multitudes with a cry, “The Yankees are coming!”

Richmond fell that day.

Six days later, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.

Flu Waning After 11 Weeks of Widespread Activity

Flu is waning in Virginia following 11 weeks of widespread activity.

The latest state figures show the level of flu activity declined from widespread to regional in the last week of February.

The state has averaged 10 weeks of widespread flu activity during the past five seasons.

Virginia Department of Health epidemiologist Andrea Alvarez says that flu activity could increase again. But generally, she says flu activity decreases after it drops out of peak range.

Gasoline Prices Up 39 Days in a Row

Gasoline prices across the country have seen significant jumps in the past few weeks, primarily due to refinery issues.

The National prices for regular unleaded rose to $2.46 a gallon Friday, .09¢ higher for the week and .29¢ higher than one month ago.

Virginia was $2.29 and Richmond was $2.29.

Triple A believes the national average price of gas could rise by .20¢ per gallon or more in March as refinery maintenance season continues.

Science Matters: Central Virginia’s First Mitral Clip Procedure For Heart Patients Too Infirm For Conventional Surgery

Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute has recently become the first in Central Virginia to perform surgery to repair a leaking heart valve with a simple clip. 

Dr. Mark Katz is a cardiac surgeon and chief medical officer at the Institute, which successfully performed Central Virginia’s first MitraClip Heart Valve Surgery on 96-year old Garnie Bowen, who had to sleep at night with an oxygen tank. But at his age, conventional surgery would have been too risky