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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

Rainy Week, Some Thunderstorms and Flooding Possible

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory yesterday toured areas of the state damaged by scattered tornadoes Friday…more than a dozen people were injured and an 11-month old boy died following the storms.  In Virginia, another system is coming through this week, with rain likely later today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.  The national weather service in Wakefield says prep

FDA Proposes To Regulate ECigarettes, Calls For Public Comment

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday said it intends to regulate the booming market of electronic cigarettes. The move would place restrictions on a nearly two billion dollar industry that so far has operated without regulation and it represents a leap into the unknown. But the FDA is pressing the issue. Last year, CDC reported a dramatic increase in the number of high school students who tired ecigarettes, and public health officials worry that might tempt them to try traditional smoking, which so far, has been on the decline.

RIR Has New Plan To Attract Visitors On Race Weekend

It’s race weekend, and Richmond International Raceway has a new plan to bring back the crowds. Back in the day, RIR played to sold-out crowds every race. But the recession ended that streak, and ever since they’ve been playing catchup. This weekend, Track President Dennis Bickmeier is trying something new…its called Track Takeover, and what it means is that hours before the cars start racing, fans will be able to walk the entire track, enjoy live music, tour a NASCAR hauler and visit key spots in the tracks history.

Wason Poll Says Most Virginians Now Oppose Medicaid Expansion, Demand Compromise, Not Shutdown

A New Wason Poll just released this morning (April 24) says most Virginia voters oppose using federal Medicaid funds to expand health coverage, but strongly want the General Assembly to compromise. Virginians say 53% to 41% that they oppose Medicaid expansion, a sharp reversal from the Wason Center survey when the 2014 legislative session began, which showed general support for Medicaid expansion, 56% to 38%. In that Feb.

Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts Programs For Littlest Visitors

Every year, half a million people visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, making it one of the top ten museums in the country. And, as Charles Fishburne reports, many of its patrons begin at a very early age in the Artsy Infants class that introduces infants to sound, color and smells. With shakers and singing and hand-clapping, they begin their visit with music, visit the African Galleries, and immerse themselves into finger painting before returning to the classroom for more excitement with a giant colorful parachute.

Two Victims of Fatal House Fire May Have Been Stabbed

Police say Alexander Roosevelt Hill, Jr., left a message on his cellphone addressed only to “JK” that said, “Hey Brother.  I am here!  My destination.”  Should things go as I planned, I no longer exist…claim my remains and ensure they are created.”  Hill has not been seen since the Saturday fire that claimed four lives.  Court documents now reveal two of the four people may have been fatally stabbed, but did not say which.