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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

UVA Astronomer To Travel to South Carolina For Eclipse Says 86% Here Will Be Barely Noticeable

With the total eclipse of the sun sweeping through 14 states on August 21st, UVA Astronomer Ed Murphy is preparing to witness his third…and talked with WCVE about what to expect, and why being in the “path of totality,” is so important.

Ed Murphy chased a total eclipse to China…and the Mediterranean, and here’s why.

“You know, I got a chill up my spine watching that shadow approach it really is an unnatural thing in a sense to happen in the middle of the day where the sun goes out. You feel a cold breezecome in, the temperature drops a few degrees ”

Quinnipiac Poll: Northam 44, Gillespie 38 in Governor’s Race, Three Months Out

Democrat Ralph Northam leads Republican Ed Gillespie 47-38 percent in the Virginia Governor’s race in a Quinnipiac University Poll released this afternoon.

Peter Brown, Assistant Poll Director says, “a close race with Lt. Governor Ralph Northam holding a six point lead over former National Republican Chairman Ed Gillespie. Six points is a nice lead, but not overwhelming.”

And he says, Gillespie is doing well, despite President Trumps negative numbers in Virginia.

Richmond Area Doctor Accused of Running a “Pill Mill” Goes on Trial In Federal Court

The trial of a Richmond area physician accused of operating a “pill mill,” began in Richmond Federal Court yesterday.

Sixty-two year old Clarence Scranage, Jr., of King George is accused of running a major pill mill operation out of several offices in the Richmond area and he says he will defend himself. University of Richmond Law Professor Carl Tobias says that could be risky,

“Many people apparently do…but in a very complex and difficult case …and I think the possible jail term is over 100 years if convicted…it is treacherous to represent yourself.”

Chesterfield Names Interim Police Chief As Search Intensifies

Chesterfield County has named an interim police chief to replace Col. Thierry Dupuis, who is retiring September 1st, even as the search for a permanent replacement intensifies. Charles Fishburne reports.

The County has mounted a nationwide search and is taking applications, but County Manager Dr. Joe Casey says that does not exclude current members of the department.

“There are many talented people within the police department themselves, I hope will also be competitive and apply for such role.”

VA Tech Researchers Develop Tracking Device To Stop Rogue Nations From Making Plutonium Undetected

Virginia Tech researchers have developed a tracking device to keep rogue nations from obtaining bomb-grade material from nuclear reactors.

Virginia Tech’s Director of the Center for Neutrino Physics, Jonathan Link, says the same nuclear reactor that produces electricity, can also produce plutonium for bombs, and a rogue nation like Iran might do it undetected. “Some countries have managed to launch illicit weapons programs, despite the inspections,” said Link.

Chesterfield County School Board Approves Prototype Design for Manchester Middle School

The Chesterfield County School Board has adopted a prototype design to replace Manchester Middle School, and be a model for any subsequent middle schools to be built in the future.

School Spokesman Sean Smith says the new school will replace a facility built in 1964 and provide a 21st century learning environment for the students. “This two-story design is almost 134,000 square feet and will accommodate 1100 Middle School students.”

The school will be built on the existing school property, without disrupting the current facilities.

Lidl Enters Competitive Richmond Grocery Store Market With Four New Stores

German grocery giant Lidl opened its first four Richmond area stores today. (7/27/17)

At one o’clock, the parking lot was almost full and the aisles were buzzing with curious shoppers.

“There’s a lot of light, fresh air…”

“Oh yeah, we shop at Aldi’s and this is supposed to be bigger.”

“I’m cheating on Kroger today. I’m a Kroger girl, but these prices are good.”

Chesterfield Launches Nationwide Search for New Police Chief, Asks for Public Input

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has just launched a nationwide search for a new police chief, and last night (7/26) announced meetings for public input, and an on-line survey to help guide their choice.

Chesterfield County Board Chair Dorothy Jaeckle is on the search committee for a new chief, and says the door is wide open. “Executive search firm Springsted-Waters will hold four public meetings, an online survey has been launched and nothing has been decided.”

Commonwealth Transportation Board Approves Major Widening Project For I-64 East of Richmond

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has just approved a $43 million dollar contract to alleviate the I-64 bottleneck between here and the beach.

It is always busy, worse on beach weekends, but relief is coming to I-64 East of Richmond, with another lane both directions, a ten-foot shoulder, and wider bridges over the Chicahominy.

Lindsay LeGrande at VDOT said, “This will be in Henrico and New Kent County, stretching from the I-295 Interchange at exit 200 Eastward, to Bottoms Bridge in New Kent County, which is exit 205.”

Work should begin this Fall.