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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

Forest Service Issues Permit For Pipeline Survey

Builders of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline have gotten permission to survey a 12.6 mile slice through the George Washington National Forest.

The Forest Service announced yesterday (3/17) it is issuing a temporary special use permit for the survey that will assess soils, federally listed threatened and endangered plants and animals, and cultural resources, but stressed that the survey approval does not necessarily clear the way for construction of the pipeline, and that they considered 7,400 public comments before issuing the permit.

Unemployment At Its Lowest Rate Since October 2008

Virginia’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in January to its lowest level since October 2008. The statewide jobless rate was 4.7% in January, down from 4.8% in December. Local rates will be released Friday (3/20).

Job growth continued to be slow in Virginia compared to the nation, as cuts in federal government spending continue to impact the state.

For the 12-month period, national job growth was 2.3%, Virginia was 0.3%.

Dominion Warns of Disruptions Without Line

Dominion Virginia Power is warning that some of its customers could face power interruptions if it is not allowed to build a controversial transmission line over the James.

Dominion says nearly 300 thousand Tidewater customers could be at risk of brownouts or rolling blackouts and has sent them letters about it this month.

Dominion has proposed power lines that would tower over the James within site of Jamestown Island, which was settled 400 years ago, and some historians and conservationists find fault with that.

Former Richmond Mayor Young To Run For Morrisey's Seat

Former Richmond Mayor and ex-convict Leonidas Young says he will announce his candidacy today to replace Joe Morrisey in the House of Delegates.

Apparently, it is with Morrisey’s blessings. 

Young says Morrisey has supported his efforts to return to public office, and in fact, his announcement will take place at Morrisey’s law office. 

SMV Dome Restoration Is Complete

The last of the scaffolding is coming down as the Science Museum of Virginia prepares to reopen its historic Rotunda Dome, which has been closed for weeks for renovation.

The Dome was almost blown up after trains stopped running at what was then Broad Street Station in the 1970’s. But it was preserved, transformed into the Science Museum of Virginia, and now the Dome is ready for a new generation of visitors and admirers.

Smithsonian Brings Exhibition to Chesterfield

The Chesterfield County Public Library has scored a coup, bringing a traveling Smithsonian Exhibition to town entitled “Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?” It promises to be both fascinating and provocative.

Beginning March 31st, the Chesterfield Library will play host to a display of critters going back six million years and extensive research into the evolution of how we got from there to here.

Pipeline Opponents Launch Media Campaign

Opponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline have launched a media campaign to enlist more allies in their fight.

The “All Pain, No Gain,” campaigned delivered that message in paid media spots in central and western Virginia yesterday. 

The campaign says all Virginian’s have a stake in the ultimate path of the 42 inch Atlantic Coast Pipeline because it would carve up private property and scenic vistas and threaten water supplies. 

Morrisey Present At Birth Of Former Receptionist’s Baby Boy

A young woman at the center of two criminal cases involving Delegate Joe Morrisey has given birth to a baby boy. 

Morrisey confirmed the birth of a seven pound, eight ounce boy at a hospital in Georgia, to Myrna Pride, that he was present, and that as he put it, “she is absolutely thrilled, and I am, too.” Beyond that he had no comment.

Morrisey was convicted in September 2014 in connection with his relationship with the then 17 year-old office receptionists, but both denied it was sexual.