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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

Virginia Tech Researchers are working on a plan to move roadside stop signs from the side of the road to your dashboard

Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute is testing everything from tires Danville’s new National Tire Research  Center to Amazon’s prototype self-driving vehicle at the Institute’s Smart Track in Blacksburg, but a Master's Student from Newark, Deleware, Alexandria Noble, has a special interest in developing a whole new concept in stop and yield signs.

State GOP Leader Resigns Over Muslim Comment

A top Virginia GOP official who posted an anti-Muslim Facebook message has resigned, but not apologized. The Washington Post says Bob FitzSimmonds, treasurer of the state Republican Party handed in his resignation to party officials last night, after a comment he posted on his Facebook page following President Obama’s praising Muslims for helping to build “the very fabric of our nation,” at the end of Ramadan.  FitzSimmonds wanted to know, “exactly what part of our nation’s fabric was woven by Muslims.” In his resignation letter, he said “It seems that no mat

Herring to Ask SCOTUS to Rule on Marriage Equality

Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring has announced he will petition the US Supreme Court to hear Virginia’s marriage equality case and has asked a Richmond appellate court for a stay of its recent ruling that upheld a lower court decision to strike down the state’s ban on same sex marriages. The Attorney General says he will file a petition with the Supreme Court Friday, asking it to hear Virginia’s case and “definitively settle the constitutional issues for the Commonwealth and the rest of the country.”

Congressman Eric Cantor Says He Will Resign August 18th, Calls For Special Election

Congressman Eric Cantor says he will step down and resign from the House early and has asked Governor McAuliffe to call for a special election to coincide with the November 4th general election to choose his successor. It came as a shock and only hours after Cantor said farewell to his colleges as the number 2 GOP leader in the House.

Virginia Students to Pay More

The State Council of Higher Education says Virginia students at public colleges and universities are paying more and warns further budget cuts could make it worse. Undergraduates at public four-year institutions can expect to pay an extra $552 this next fiscal year, up 5.7%. Virginia community college students will pay another $180 per year. The State Council of Higher Education says if state revenues shrink further, additional budget reductions may be needed.

Richmond Metro Has Highest Job Gains in State

The Richmond Metropolitan area has had the highest absolute job gains in the state over the year according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Metro Richmond has gained 11,900 jobs so far this year, highest in the state, with Northern Virginia second at 2,200. In June alone, the metro area gained 2,400 jobs.

Statewide, the largest job gains were in private education, health services and construction. Trade and transportation were down.

Meanwhile, unemployment ticked up slightly in June by .2% at 5.4 - second consecutive gain this year, after four months of declines.