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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

SCHEV To Meet Today On Strategic Plans

Higher education officials and school presidents will discuss the future of Virginia’s colleges and universities today (9/21). They will be looking at the state’s strategic plan for postsecondary education at a meeting in Petersburg.

The Virginia plan for Higher Education includes aligning resources among K-12, community colleges and universities.

Today’s agenda includes a discussion of higher education’s preliminary recommendation for the next biennial budget.

Former Virginia Peanut Company Executive Faces Life In Prison

A former Virginia peanut company executive, convicted of shipping tainted food and faking lab tests could be sentenced to prison for life.

A sentencing hearing is set today (9/21) in Georgia for 61-year old Stewart Parnell, convicted a year ago of crimes linked to a salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine people and sickening 714.

Judge W. Louis Sands has calculated he faces up to 803 years in federal prison.

His lawyers say nobody has ever faced life in prison in a food-related crime before. Prosecutors say he deserves it and want to send a message.

Second Day of Racing For UCI Road World Championship

Today (9/21) will see younger riders competing in the women’s junior time trial and the men’s U23 time trials. The 15 kilometer course begins downtown at North Fifth and East Broad, heads west on Monument, then south over the river on the Lee Bridge,  loop back onto the bridge head north through downtown and finish at North Fifth and East Broad streets.

Ramps from I-95 North and South to Broad are closed for the duration, as well as streets along the route.

Student Rebel Plans to Wear Confederate Flag Clothing Despite Suspension

One of the 20 students who received a one-day suspension at Christiansburg High School for wearing clothing for displaying the Confederate flag says he will do it again. 

Senior Houston Miller organized a rally outside the school yesterday (9/17), and says when he comes to class this morning, he will be wearing the Confederate flag on his clothing, despite the school dress code and despite his previous suspension.

There is a new policy that prohibits students from wearing articles that reflect adversely on people because of race, gender or other factors.

Redskins Living Up to Training Camp Deal, According to State Officials

The Washington Redskins are good with their training camp deal in Richmond, according to a review just concluded.

State Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones says the Redskins have made good on their part of the bargain, in a “creative” strategy to bring their training camp to Richmond in return for an unusual $4 million dollar state grant.

Percentage of Older Workers Rises Dramatically; Bon Secours Encourages Flexibility

The Number of older workers has dramatically increased in the past 15 years, as more and more people find they cannot afford to retire.

It was 3% in 2000. Now its 20%. One of those still on the job is 82-year old Nettie Coleman. She says she is lucky, because she actually wants to work, and she works for Bon Secours that has an aggressively policy to retain older workers.

State Board of Health To Consider Scaling Back Abortion Clinic Regulations

The State Board of Health is set to consider scaling back on abortion clinic regulations.

Critics say the regulations, passed during a Republican administration, are more about politics than safety and will put some clinics out of business.

Last year, Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe ordered the board to revisit the regulations, and he vowed to act as a “brick wall,” against abortion restrictions.

His appointees now make up a majority of the 15-member board, that will meet today (9/17) to consider ammendments.

Virginia Hospital and Health Association Launches Campaign for Passage of Medicaid Expansion

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association says the state’s hospitals are under serious financial strain and need help.

It is an advocacy group and the help they are talking about is Medicaid expansion. The Association held a news conference yesterday (9/16) to spell it out.

They say one-third of Virginia’s acute care hospitals had negative operating margins in 2013. In rural Virginia, 17 of 37 acute care hospitals operated in the red that year.

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Postpones Decision On High-Tech Ticketing

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has once again balked at a proposal to put cameras on school buses and automatically ticket drivers who pass them illegally. They have already embarked on an aggressive enforcement campaign and want to see if it works.

That’s the law and the board wants to know whether people are obeying it. They have asked the school district for more data on how many people are still passing stopped buses, before revisiting high tech ticketing.

Security for UCI Race In Place

Virginia Law enforcement officials say they are confident that they are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of riders and spectators at the upcoming UCI Road World Championships.

The race begins this weekend (9/19). Promoters expect 450,000 visitors to line the streets downtown and a security plan that has been in the works for years will kick in to keep them safe.

It will involve hundreds of law enforcement personnel from Richmond, Henrico, the University of Richmond and Capitol police, the FBI, the National Guard and other agencies.