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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

Russian Man Alleged To Have Fought With Taliban Faces Terrorism Charges In Richmond

A Russian national captured by American and Afghan forces in 2009 while allegedly fighting with the Taliban appeared in federal court in Richmond yesterday to face terrorism and other charges. Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says it represents the Obama administration's latest attempt to show it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects.

His arraignment on 12 charges has been set for Friday morning.

Public Meetings On High Speed Rail Begin in Ashland

Ashland has had a love-hate relationship with the railroad since 1836. Tonight (11/5), there is a public meeting on a possible high-speed link that, like everything else, will run right through the town. Emily Stock is Manager of Rail Planning for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, which is holding the first of four public meetings tonight on a proposed high-speed rail segment through central Virginia. Each should have received a notification by now, and everyone is invited to come and listen and comment.

VCU and UVA Medical Centers Prepare To Treat Virginia Ebola Cases, Should They Occur

In a voluntary agreement announced yesterday (11/4), the two hospitals signed on to a plan to treat any Ebola case that occurs in Virginia and cannot be transferred to a national biocontainment facility like Emory University Hospital or the National Institutes of Health. Both VCU and UVA are teaching hospitals with experts in infectious disease control and epidemiology.

Virginia Tech Professor Says Political Ideology is Heritable And Revealed By Brain Scan While Looking At Disgusting Pictures

As voters go to the polls today, a Virginia Tech professor says we are hard-wired to be either liberal or conservatives in our genes, and he has a test to show which one. He does it by showing people graphic pictures of dead things and dirty kitchen sinks, and scanning their brains with an MRI in the process.

Virginia Gas Prices Continue To Decline

Triple A Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $2.77 on Sunday (11/2). That's 6¢ less per gallon compared to the previous week and 34¢ less compared with the same week a year ago.

Average prices range from $2.66 per gallon in Richmond to $2.84 in Charlottesville. Motorists in the Norfolk area are paying on average $2.80 per gallon. Nationally, gas prices average $2.99 this week, first time that has been below three dollars since 2010.

Final Wason Poll Gives Warner 51% to 44% Lead Over Gillespie

Republican Ed Gillespie continues to close the gap in his race against Democratic Senator Mark Warner but the final Wason poll released this morning (10/31) indicates it won’t be enough. Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Poll says the negative ads, from both sides, have not changed anybody’s mind, but might suppress voter turnout, and that could be a factor.

The final Wason poll was conducted October 23-29th among 819 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9%.

VCU Researcher Develops Cancer Literacy Test Device To Help Doctors, Patients

This year, the American Cancer Society says 1,665,540 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, and will have that first meeting with an oncologist to talk about treatment. Fransica Alvarado is on oncology nurse information specialist with the American Cancer Society, who has just written an article about that first meeting. In Richmond, a VCU Professor has developed a tool, to help doctors communicate with their patients especially during that first visit.

Aftermath of Antares Explosion

Crews searched for wreckage along the Virginia coast yesterday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded shortly after launch. Tuesday nights’s explosion destroyed the rocket, damaged the pad, incinerated the cargo, frightened area residents and raised questions about the future of commercial space ventures. Helicopters took to the air at first light yesterday (10/29) to track down remnants.

All the lost materials will be replaced and the Space station crew has enough supplies to last them until Spring.

Unemployment Dips With Resumption Of School

The Unemployment rate dropped last month as students returned to school and the labor force contracted. Statewide unemployment for September was 5.2%, the Richmond Region was 5.5 down from 5.9 in August and 5.7 a year ago.

Highest unemployment in the state was the City of Martinsville, once again, seasonally adjusted to 11.1%. Martinsville is the former home of furniture, textiles and a Dupont nylon plant, and once called itself the T shirt capital of the world. All of that has gone.

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