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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

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.

CDC Says Flu Nationwide Has Passed Epidemic Threshold

The United States has officially surpassed the epidemic threshold with this season’s flu virus, according to the CDC.

The CDC says influenza is now widespread in 36 states and nationwide, a total of 15 children have died so far, two of them in Virginia.

Although the Virginia Department of Health has not released figures this week, Portsmouth Health officials told us last week that flu was widespread in the Northern and Eastern Parks of the State.

Richmond's Unemployment Lowest In Six Years

Richmond’s unemployed rate declined in November, to the lowest in six years. The local jobless rate was 4.8 percent in November, down from 5.1% in October and 5.3% last year.

Ann Lang, Senior Economist with the VEC, says it was not a surprise, the trend has been moving slowly and steadily downward.

The labor force was down by 4,800 in November, a possible sign some had stopped looking for work, but at almost 682 thousand it is up 12 thousand from the same time last year.

The statewide unadjusted rate was 4.5%, the national rate 5.5%.

State Officials Say Wallops Launch Facility Will Be Repaired By Late Next Year

Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say Virginia’s space port will be back in business next year.

The Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority provided a media tour of the launch pad damage yesterday (12/18) and said the state-owned facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Two lightning towers were knocked down by the blast, two others were damaged, a water tower was charred and there is a large crater next to the launch pad.

McAuliffe Gift List Mostly “Trinkets.”

Governor McAuliffe says he has not received any big-ticket gifts since taking office this year, a departure from what was commonplace under past administrations. The Governor instituted a self-imposed $100 gift limit shortly after taking office, saying it was part of an effort to clean up Virginia’s reputation.

He recently filed a statement of economic interest, which confirmed that he received mostly trinkets related to trade missions.

Many Of Virginia's Rivers Are Polluted

The State Department of Environmental Quality says more than 16 thousand miles of Virginia’s rivers are polluted. That is three thousand more miles than reported two years ago. But DEQ says it is not that there is more pollution, they are just surveying more water.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says it costs Virginians billions of dollars in lost revenues, jobs, property values, and quality of life, and has called on the Governor and the General Assembly to fund efforts to reduce pollution from farms, lawns and streets.

Foundation Donates $28M For Pediatric Heart Center

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has just donated $28 million to underwrite a new pediatric heart center at the hospital.

The gift is the largest single donation to pediatric health care in VCU history. CEO Dr. Sheldon Retchin says it means children will no longer have to leave Richmond for cardiac surgery.

It will allow VCU to hire cardiac specialists and build a program that will eventually be part of a new free-standing children’s hospital proposed for the region.