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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

National Weather Service Talks About Snow

The Richmond area has had six snowy seasons in a row, and the National Weather Service says conditions may be right for another one.

Forecasters say predicting anything more than 10 days out is problematic, but this winter holds some promise for a bit of snow, even though it should be a milder than normal winter.

The average Richmond snowfall is 12.8 inches, and last year, we got most of it in February.

Hanover County School Board Announces New Superintendent

The Hanover County School Board has announced a new Superintendent of Schools, selected from its own ranks.

Michael Gill, assistant superintendent of public instruction, was unanimously selected as superintendent at the school board meeting last night (11/10).

He replaces Robert Richardson, Jr., who served as interim after Jamelle Wilson took a position as Dean of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond.

Gill is a lifelong resident of the area and has served in various capacities in schools in Caroline County, Chesterfield and Hanover.

Five Arrested On Weapons Charges In Connection With Supremacist Plot

Five people have been arrested on weapons charges in connection with a suspected white supremacist threat to shoot or bomb synagogues and black churches.

Three of the key defendants will appear in US District Court tomorrow (11/12) and Friday. And, Henrico police said yesterday (11/10) that 58-year old Ronald Beasley Chaney, Jr., already a felon,  is facing firearms and drug charges following a search at his Highland Springs home Sunday (11/8), along with 52-year old Terry Gunn Chaney, believed to be his wife.

Rally At Virginia Tech Supports Muslim Students in Face of Threat

At Virginia Tech last night (11/10), over 1,000 students, faculty and community members attended a rally in support of Muslims.

It was sparked by a bit of graffiti, written on a bathroom stall on campus nine days ago, that read “I will be here 11/11/2015 to kill all Muslims.” But last night, the message from an estimated 1,200 people who stood in a cold breeze on the Drillfield was, “hokies don’t hate.”

UVA’S Phi Kappa Psi Suing Rolling Stone Magazine for $25 Million

UVA’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is suing Rolling Stone Magazine for $25 million dollars.

The fraternity was the focus of a debunked article about an alleged gang rape, and said in a suit filed yesterday (11/9) the story made it and its members “the object of an avalanche of condemnation worldwide.”

It also names author Sabrina Rubin Erdely as a defendant.

Liberty University To Host GOP Presidential Hopeful Ben Carson Tomorrow

One of the GOP’s front-running candidates for the presidential nomination will be in Lychburg tomorrow (11/11).

Liberty University has already hosted Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, and tomorrow will hear from Ben Carson, who is riding an outside-politics persona and his Christian faith, to near the top of the polls in a crowded Republican field.

Liberty has become a familiar venue for presidential candidates of both parties this year, and the Lynchburg school has drawn national attention for its convocations.

Virginia Children’s Hospital Alliance To “Step Back” and Seek Another Path

The Virginia Children’s Hospital Alliance has given up its hopes for now of building a free-standing children’s hospital on the Boulevard.

Alliance representatives told Richmond City Council yesterday (11/9) they would no longer push for the hospital on 61 city-owned acres, currently home to the ballpark, and that they have been unable to re-establish a partnership with key health care providers to make it happen.

Both VCU and Bon Secours concluded in May that the proposed hospital was not feasible and they would not participate.

Steward School Gets Visit From Maker Movement

The co-founder of the “Maker Movement” will visit Henrico’s Steward School tomorrow (11/10), to talk about his innovative teaching methods.

Gary Stager has been promoting his “hands on” teaching techniques around the world. What is special about Stager’s approach is a combination of high tech tools and old-fashioned learning by doing.

He will spend tomorrow leading workshops and demonstrations at Steward School. Information at

Chesterfield Gets 302 Thousand Dollar State Grant To Buy And Develop Waterfront Park

Chesterfield County will be the recipient of the largest grant from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.

The Foundation has awarded $2.25 million for 14 projects. Chesterfield will get $302,000 to help buy waterfront property along the James River at the confluence with Falling Creek to use as a park, with walking, biking and boat facilities.

State Natural Resources Secretary Molly Ward says the Chesterfield project will help Virginia meet its goal to record 1,000 recreational and land conservation treasures during the McAuliffe administration.

New Traffic Patterns As Amazon Ramps Up For Holidays

Motorists will find more traffic and new traffic patterns this morning (11/9) surrounding Chesterfield’s giant Amazon Fulfillment Center.

The first holiday lights could be traffic signs around Meadowville Technology Park this morning, as Amazon prepares for holiday shipping.

Traffic has been a problem for residents in Rivers Bend, Meadowville Landing and Mt. Blanco the past few years. Planners hope re-routing the Amazon traffic will make a difference.