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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

Final Full Week of Campaigning For Super Tuesday

With Super Tuesday just a week and a day away, presidential candidates are campaigning hard in Virginia this week.

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is planning a swing through Virginia today at George Mason this morning, then Charlottesille, and finally Richmond tonight with a town hall meeting at VCU’s Egyptian Building.

The five remaining Republican candidates are all competing on next Tuesday’s ballot in Virginia.

Democratic Party Goes To Court to Toss Out Voter ID Law

Lawyers for the Democratic Party of Virginia are headed to a federal court to argue that the state’s voter ID law is unconstitutional.

The trial is scheduled to begin this morning. Democrats filed the lawsuit last year, challenging the 2013 law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Democrats claim the law illegally depresses minority voting. Republicans say it is a common-sense protection against election fraud.

The trial is expected to last at least a week.

Bill To Allow Cameras to Monitor Nursing Homes Passes Virginia Senate

The Virginia Senate has passed legislation that would tougher regulations to allow electronic monitoring in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Jane Casey hid a camera in a picture frame in his mother’s room in Suffolk. It was illegal at the time, but she said it showed how poorly her mother was being cared for, and has pushed for legislation to allow cameras ever since.

The 2013 session passed a bill making it legal, if the resident or an authorized family member agreed, but only if the facility ALSO approved it.

Hanover Planning Commission Approves First-Of-Its-Kind Farming Village

The Hanover County Planning Commission has just approved a unique plan to build cluster homes around ten acres of farmland. The proposed 180 acre development would include 404 homes at Cedar Lane and Holly Hill Road, clustered in a village-like setting, with nature trails, gardens and 10-acres of farming geared to the 55 plus market and millennials.

Petersburg Begins Negotiations To Remove City Manager and City Attorney

Petersburg City Council has begun efforts to remove both its city manager and its city attorney.

About 300 people packed the city’s Union Train Station for the special meeting, another 300 stood outside. It capped a troubled week during which an earlier council meeting had been cancelled after to an alleged phoned threat, and an email filled with racial slurs.

Wason Poll Releases One-Word Descriptions Voters Choose For Presidential Candidates

The Christopher Newport University’s Center for Public Policy has just released a Wason Poll report on one-word descriptions for Presidential Candidates.

Wason Poll Director Quentin Kidd said voters were asked for the first word that popped into their heads regarding each of the candidates.

Opponents of High-Speed Rail Pack Ashland Town Hall Meeting

Opponents of high-speed rail turned out in force in Ashland last night (2/17), a town where trains and tracks are a way of life.

It was a town hall forum hosted by Republican Congressman Dave Brat, and the comments came during a question and answer session.

Most said they felt uninformed about the project and were concerned about the idea of sending high speed rail through Ashland.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is studying three possibilities, including no-build, a bypass and a third rail through town.

Charlottesville Plans to Install Public Safety Surveillance Cameras On Mall

Charlottesville City Council has directed the police chief to seek bids on security cameras for the mall where Hannah Graham was last seen before her abduction and murder.

It has been two years, and the city has talked with business owners about securing a partnership or using existing private security cameras. It was one of those that happened to catch a few frames of Graham walking thought he mall, late at night, apparently being followed.

Buckingham County Deputies Placed on Administrative Leave

Two Buckingham County deputies involved in the fatal shooting of a teenager have been place on administrative leave, while the Virginia State Police conduct an investigation. The names are not being released, but they were the officers who responded after a man was reported yelling and attacking people at a country store near Scottsville, then breaking into a nearby residence in Arvonia and assaulting an elderly couple.

Police say he then crashed through a plate-glass window and assaulted the officers. Nineteen year old Dyzhawn Perkins was shot and killed during the attack.