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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

Trump Blasts McAuliffe Restoration Order

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump yesterday blasted Governor Terry McAuliffe’s order restoring voting rights for 206 thousand felons.

At a rally in Rhode Island, Trump referenced last week’s sweeping executive action by Virginia’s Democratic Governor.

McCauliffe says his order will allow ex-offenders to fully rejoin society and end harsh voting restrictions that has roots in racial discrimination against African-Americans.

Consultant’s Report Released On City’s Boulevard Property

A long-awaited consultant’s report on the best use of city-owned land along the Boulevard is sending mixed messages, according to some council members.

Pittsburg-based Tripp Umbach’s final report on the highest and best use for the 60 acres says the city would generate the most tax revenues by developing the property as a dense, mixed use development, but acknowledged many residents had expressed a clear preference for a stadium on the Boulevard during a series of public comment sessions.

VDOT To Spend $125 Million On Repaving Program for Richmond District

The Virginia Department of Transportation has approved a $125 million dollar paving program for Central Virginia that is the largest in history for the region.

There will be about $27 million spent repaving sections of Interstates 95, 295, 85 and 195.

Another $27 million for primary routes, including Chippenham Parkway, State Route 288, US Route 60 and Powhite.

Twenty-three million more for almost a thousand miles of secondary roads in the Richmond District, which includes 14 counties and the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg.

Weekend Rains Help Knock Down Flames in Shenandoah National Park

Firefighters say rain over the weekend, has helped them with a major forest fire in the Shenandoah National Park.

It was light, but steady, and enough to help knock down the flames Friday (4/22) and Saturday (4/23). But the fire has already burned more than 9,000 acres in ten days and only 40% contained Saturday.

At that time there were 342 firefighters from 33 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico battling the blaze.

Permit for Feasibility Study Requested for Hydroelectric Facility at Bosher’s Dam

Plans by a Spanish investment company to build a hydroelectric facility at Bosher’s Dam on the James River are running into opposition.

Energy Resources USA Inc., is seeking permission to study the feasibility of building a powerhouse and four generators at Bosher’s Dam nearly on top of a fishway that allows shad, herring and other species to swim upriver to spawn.

The City of Richmond is opposing the permit filed with the Federal Energy Regulator Commission for a feasibility study and the James River Association has concerns.

Governor Schedules “Major Announcement,” On Felons’ Rights

Governor McAuliffe has scheduled a major announcement today on his efforts at restoring certain civil rights of former felons.

The Governor has already restored the rights of 18 thousand Virginians, more than the combined total of his seven predecessors, and today, plans to announce what his office is characterizing as another major milestone.

The Democratic Governor has made restoring rights, including the right to vote, the right to hold public office and the right to serve on a jury, a top priority.

Virginia Tech Flint Researcher Named to Time Magazine List of 100 Most Influential People

A Virginia Tech environmental engineering professor has been named to Time Mazazine’s list of 100 Most Influencial People, for his role in exposing the water crisis in Flint Michigan and an alleged EPA coverup.

The Time Article cites Tech’s Marc Edwards and his team that investigated the ongoing lead water crisis in Flint and what he called a coverup and a climate of dishonesty at the highest levels of the EPA in Michigan.

Earlier this week, local and state officials were charged criminally for their roles in the water crisis.

State Regulators Begin Public Comment on State’s First Commercial Wind Farm Project

State Regulators are about to take public comments on what could be Virginia’s first commercial wind farm. Apex Clean Energy has applied to build a Y-shaped formation of turbines along two ridges on North Mountain in Botetourt County, that would use existing power lines and provide power to 20,000 homes.

Opponents say the giant spinning blades will kill birds and bats, cause erosion and stream water contamination.

But the State Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward calls it a huge step toward the Commonwealth’s renewable energy goals.

Dry Conditions Continue, So Do Forest Fires Across State

Latest reports indicate that fire in the Shenandoah National Park has now scorched about 6,000 acres, and there are dozens of fires still burning across the state. Two weeks before the end of Spring Fire Season and conditions do not look good.

We talked with Ed Stoot, Western Regional Forester, where dozens of fires in eight counties were keeping firefighters busy.

One firefighter was hospitalized with exhaustion.

No homes or structures have been damaged at last report, but thousands of acres have burned.