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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

UVA Lifts Suspensions On Fraternities And Sororities, Pending New Rules

Greek Activities will be allowed to resume at the University of Virginia this week with some new rules in place.

Among those rules, a “sober brother monitor,” stationed at stairs leading to residential rooms during parties and a requirement each fraternity and sorority must sign on to other safety measures including steps to reduce “high risk drinking.”

The new rules come in the wake of fallout from the Rolling Stone gang rape article, and President Theresa Sullivan’s subsequent suspension of all fraternity and sorority activities. 

Virginia Supreme Court Hears James River Transmission Lines Case

The Virginia Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday (1/6) over a proposed high-rise transmission line spanning the James River and adjacent to some of Virginia’s most historic areas.

Dominion plans to build 17 towers, some as high as 295 feet, across several miles of the James in plain view of some of America’s most historic sites.

Preservationists say that’s about as high as the Statue of Liberty, and the towers would smudge views that have been unchanged since Captain John Smith and Native Americans sailed there 400 years ago.

Dangerous Cold Weather On The Way

The National Weather Bureau has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until tomorrow morning (1/8).

Wayne Albright, of the National Weather Service, says temperatures will drop to 10 degrees by tonight (1/7) and wind gusts could reach 45 miles an hour.

Frost bite and hypothermia are possible without hats and gloves, and the high winds could cause sporadic power outages. 

Chesapeake Bay Health Gets D+ From Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has graded the overall health of the bay as a D+ in the group's biennial “State of the Bay Report.”

When Captain John Smith got here in the 1600’s he described a bay with clear water, abundant fish and oysters and extensive forests and wetlands and it would have scored 100 on the Foundation’s grading scale.

The 2014 score is a 32, same as the last one and a long way from the 70, which environmentalist say would represent a saved bay.

Report Says NASA And Orbital Sciences Aware of Risk Of Russian Rockets

The Los Angeles Times reports this morning (1/5) that both NASA and Orbital officials knew the decades-old engines posed a danger before the agency awarded the company a $1.9 billion deal to launch eight missions.

A NASA Committee issued a warning in 2008 and the company and NASA tried to address the risk by X-raying the engines to find cracks and patching them with welds.

Ft. Lee To Open Discussions About Proposed Loss Of 3600 Jobs

It will be an opportunity for residents and community officials to hear from Ft. Lee and to submit public comments during the session.

The Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessement analyzed Ft. Lee on a loss of up to 3,600 soldiers and civilian employees. That figure includes 879 reductions that have already occurred.

Ft. Lee says the assessment of 30 installations by the Army determined there would no significant impact, other than socio-economic.

Extreme Cold Predicted For Virginia Midweek

The first full week of the New Year will usher in extreme cold weather for Central Virginia. Today (1/5) is just a hint.

Mike Montefusco from the National Weather Service says temperatures will be dangerous and the wind-chill will make it especially so.

He says dress in layers, stay inside as much as possible, and wait for a warmup this weekend.

Webb Defends 90 Thousand In PAC Payments To Wife, Daughter

Former US Senator Jim Webb, the first Democrat to announce a possible president bid, is defending payments of tens of thousands of dollars to his family by his political action committee.

The Washington Post says the Born Fighting PAC has paid more than 90 thousand over several years to Webb’s daughter and wife to work on the management and design of his websites.

In a statement yesterday, a spokesperson for Webb called the work “real and provable,” and neither illegal nor out of line.