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Charles Fishburne

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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

General Assembly Adjourns, Leaving Judge in Place and Redistricting Up To A Federal Court

The General Assembly adjourned abruptly yesterday (8/17), leaving the Governor’s judicial appointment in place, and redistricting up to a federal court.

Republican Senator John Watkins of Powhatan joined the Democrats to stop the GOP from replacing Governor McCauliffe’s choice for the Supreme Court with one of their own.

The Governor immediately said he would reappoint Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush to another interim term.

University of Richmond Law Professor Carl Tobias says by that time, it will be even harder to replace her.

VCU Research Shows 20-year Life Expectancy Difference in Core City

A Richmond woman, suffering from diabetes couldn’t feel the nail in her shoe that stuck in her foot every time she put it on and it got infected.

The young woman lives in public housing, where statistics show life expectancy is 20 years less than neighborhoods just five miles away.

VCU researchers say life expectancy differs by 20 years in the 5.5 miles it takes to drive between Westover Hills and Gilpin Court. But it is not just a matter of health care.

Senator Tim Kaine Begins Five-Day State Tour on Job Creation and Economic Development

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine is embarking on a five-day tour of Virginia that focuses on job creation and economic development. 

The Democrat begins his tour today (8/17) at the Hampton VA Medical Center and he and U.S. Senator Mark Warner speak tonight at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

Tomorrow (8/18), Kaine has scheduled a meeting with black business leaders in Richmond and will tour the Amazon facility in Chester.

Later this week, he will be in Radford, Roanoke and Lexington.

Danville Protestors Rally Over Removal of Confederate Flag

Dozens of Confederate flag-flying cars and supporters line the sides of Danville’s Main Street during a rally in support of the flag over the weekend. 

Though City Council has ordered the flag be removed from the Sutherline Mansion Museum, supporters came to protest and to support a lawsuit to put it back.

One speaker, wearing a Confederate flag vest said, “we all have come together to spread our love.”

Organizer Ryan Allen promised more rallies in the coming weeks.

Lawmakers Back for Fight Over Redistricting and Judicial Appointee

State lawmakers are back at the capitol today (8/17) for an expected fight over redistricting and a Virginia Supreme court appointment. 

They will begin the process of drawing new congressional maps today.

Republicans say it will focus on redrawing parts of the 3rd Congressional District, which a federal panel has found to be illegally drawn. But Governor McAuliffe says he wants new maps for all of the state’s 11 Congressional Districts.

If they can’t find a compromise, federal judges could step in and impose their own boundaries.

Red-tailed Hawk Beats Odds, Returns To Wild

One of our most easily recognized raptors is the red-tailed hawk. The year-round resident is commonly seen along roadsides and open fields throughout Virginia. 88.9 WCVE’s Charles Fishburne has this story about a red-tailed hawk that was able to overcome a near-death experience - with the help of some caring human friends - and eventually be returned to the wild landscape.

TSA To Move Its Headquarters and 3800 Jobs to Alexandria

The Transportation Security Administration is moving its headquarters, and some 3,800 jobs to Alexandria.

It is the latest in a string of federal agencies moving out of Arlington County deeper into Virginia to save money.

Alexandria lured TSA by offering to create a special tax district that will provide a $23 million dollar tax savings over a 15-year lease.

Chesterfield Police Officer Fired Upon During Traffic Stop

A Chesterfield County Police officer was fired upon during a traffic stop early this morning (8/13) and the suspect is still at large.

It began at 1:40 a.m. near the intersection of Heatherhill and Belmont, when an officer on patrol attempted to stop a vehicle for an equipment violation, but the driver refused to yield and was finally stopped in the 4700 block of Sherman Road, where he left the car, fired at the officer, and ran.

Mayor Jones Schedules News Conference on Lumpkin’s Jail Plans

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones has scheduled a news conference this afternoon (8/13) to “advance plans” for a slave history project at Lumpkin’s jail.

The mayor’s office says he will “present plans for the forward movement” of the history site planned where the infamous slave jail once stood in Shockoe Bottom.

Plans have been stalled for more than a year while the mayor promoted his vision for a baseball stadium and commercial development, which would have incorporated a pavilion and museum at the jail site.

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Rehearing for McDonnell, He Says He Will Appeal To US Supreme Court

Former Governor Bob McDonnell says he is taking his appeal to the United States Supreme Court. 

Yesterday (8/11), a federal appeals court rejected his bid for a rehearing.

McDonnell said he was very disappointed, but looks forward to the day when vindication is obtained and “my family’s good name is fully restored.”

His attorney declined to say whether McDonnell will have to report to prison to begin serving his two-year sentence in the meantime.

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