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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

Russia May Pull Out Of Space Station Early; Virginia Has A Stake

Russia has announced that it does not plan to use the International Space Station beyond 2020, casting a shadow on US plans to extend the life of the orbiting laborary until at least 2024, and Virginia has a considerable stake.

Missions to supply the space station have been launched from Wallops Island since last year. Orbital has launch facilities and personnel at Wallops, corporate headquarters in Northern Virginia, and a 1.9 billion dollar contract with NASA.

Authorities Confirm Identities of Balloon Crash Victims

Authorities have officially confirmed the identities of the three people who died in a hot air balloon crash in Caroline County Friday. State police released what they say was their final report on the accident, confirming names of the victims. They say the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified them as 65-year old Daniel T. Kirk of Hartley, Deleware, the pilot, and 24-year old natalie M. Lewis of Richmond and 44-year old “Ginny” T. Doyle of Glen Allen, both passengers.

Fourth Circuit Panel To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Ban Appeal

Gay rights groups in three states have a special interest in a federal appeals court hearing on Virginia’s same sex marriage ban today. A three-judge panel of the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments today on a lower court ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on gay marriage. North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia are also part of the 4th Circuit.

Restoration of Civil War Ironclad Monitor Resumed

The Mariners Museum has resumed work to conserve and restore the USS Monitor’s turret and other large artifacts from the  Civil War ironclad, thanks to a new infusion of cash from its partner, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Monitor survived a historic battle with the Merrimack in Hampton Roads but a storm off Cape Hatteras put her on the ocean bottom.  Ann Holloway at the Mariners Museum says the Monitor was under tow, but efforts to save her were futile.

Washington Monument To Reopen Following Louisa Earthquake Damage

The Washington Monument is set to reopen today for the first time since the 2011 Louisa earthquake caused widespread damage. With more than 150 cracks patched and repaired in its white marble, the 130-year old memorial honoring George Washington will reopen for public tours this morning.  It has been closed for 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive restoration of the 555 foot stone obelisk.  There have been new exhibits installed at the top and visitors will once again be able to ride an elevator to look out from the highest point in the nation’s capitol.

Triple A Says Gasoline Prices Have Peaked

After weeks of steady increases, gasoline prices may have peaked. Triple A says that national average dropped two cents last week to 3.66 a gallon and will likely continue coming down in coming days.  Virginia was 3.47, Richmond 3.41.  Still 11 cents more expensive than a year ago across the country.  Crude oil prices climbed above 100, oil inventories are down, and tensions in the Ukraine all continue to exert upward pressure, but Triple A says they believe the usual springtime peak has past and prices should continue slightly as Memorial Day approaches. 

Richmond’s Fisher House Is A Temporary Home For Hundreds of Veterans’ Families

Richmond’s McGuire Veteran’s Hospital has a hospitality house across the street, second to none, where families of hospitalized patients can find a temporary home. East of Afton is just one of dozens of music groups that raise money for the Fisher House in a yearly concert, but the people who support the House in many ways come from all walks of life. David Agee and his Constitutional Riders just held a motorcycle ride to raise money. Fisher House was a gift to McGuire through the Fisher House Foundation and is now staffed by VA workers.

Governor McAuliffe To Meet With Emergency Responders In Lynchburg Train Derailment

Governor McAuliffe is set to meet with responders from last week’s Lynchburg train derailment today. The Governor will be in Lynchburg this morning to thank officials for their work and to receive a briefing regarding the cleanup efforts which are still underway.  Seventeen cars of a CSX train loaded with crude oil bound from North Dakota to Newport news derailed tipping three of them into the river.  One caught fire and parts of downtown Lynchburg had to be evacuated briefly.  It prompted the Department of Transportatio

Nelson County Man Convicted In Death Of A Missing Teenager

A Nelson County jury has convicted Randy Allen Taylor of murder in the death of 17-year old Alexis Murphy, who has been missing since last August. All anybody ever found of the missing teenager was a strand of hair, a fingernail, and a bloodstained t-shirt, an eyelash extension, a diamond stud, a smashed cellphone, and her car, parked 25 miles away in a Charlotteslotte parking lot.