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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

DMV Recalling Specialty Confederate Plates

DMV is recalling those 1,691 specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag.

DMV said yesterday (8/6) the affected motorists will be sent new Sons of Confederate Veterans tags along with a letter telling them they have 30 days before the old plate is invalid. But it is unclear how soon that will happen. They are working with the heritage group to come up with a new flagless design, then the plate has to be manufactured and shipped.

Richmond Police Chief Says Suspect “Fired First” in Fatal Shootout With Police

Richmond’s police chief says an armed suspect shot and killed in a shootout with police fired the first shot and his officers were justified in returning fire. 

Chief Alfred Durham said 20-year old Keshawn Hargrove had a violent record, had been identified as a suspect carrying a gun, and fired first when officers answered the call.

In the exchange of gunfire, he was killed. Officer Ryan Bailey who is black, was wounded in the arm, the other officer Jacob DeBoard was white.

Virginia Uranium, Inc., Turns To Courts To Overturn Mining Ban

A mining company that wants to tap into one of the world’s richest known deposits of uranium has filed suit to challenge Virginia’s 33-year ban on uranium mining.

Virginia Uranium, Inc., has been fighting to overturn the ban and start digging for a decade. Yesterday (8/5), they filed suit in federal court in Danville, challenging the moratorium which they say violates the US Constitution, and usurps the federal government’s preemptive powers.

Danville City Council To Take Up Flying Confederate Flag

Danville City Council tonight (8/6) is set to take up a proposal that would banish Confederate flags from city-owned flagpoles.

Council is set to consider the ordinance that would allow only the United States, Virginia, the City of Danville and the POW/MIA flag to be flown on city-maintained flagpoles.

Danville was briefly the capitol of the Confederacy in the closing days of the war, and President Jefferson Davis received word of Lee’s surrender at the Sutherlin Mansion where he had retreated. And that mansion, now a museum, is where the Confederate flag still flies.

Suspect Fatally Shot, Richmond Police Officer Wounded in Exchange of Gunfire

A man was fatally shot and a police officer wounded in an exchange of gunfire near Richmond’s Fan District yesterday (8/5).

It happened at Meadow and West Cary about 5:20 p.m. last night. Officers responded to a report of an armed man near a covenience store, confronted him, talked with him, and finally chased him as he fled firing shots over his shoulder.

Senator Tim Kaine Backs Iran Nuclear Accord

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is backing the international accord with Iran. The former Democratic party chairman made the announcement yesterday (8/4) on the Senate floor.

He says the deal takes Iran’s nuclear program that was on the verge of success and disables it for many years through peaceful diplomatic means. And he said the historic accord reached by the United States, Western powers and Tehran is a “dramatic improvement over the status quo” in boosting global security.

Henrico Records Ninth Rabies Case of 2015

Henrico County has recorded its ninth rabies case of 2015. Henrico police say Animal Protection received a call about a dog and a raccoon fighting over the weekend in the first block of AP Hill Avenue and tests came back positive yesterday.

No other animals or humans were exposed, but authorities remind owners to be sure their pet’s rabies vaccinations are current and to report abnormal wildlife behavior by calling the Henrico police non-emergency number at 501-5000.

Pipeline Protests Must Wait For Decision on Land Survey Questions

Pipeline protestors in Nelson County still do not know whether Dominion Resources can legally survey their land for the proposed 550 mile pipeline. 

Five Nelson County residents filed suit in US District Court against Dominion  Resources in September, arguing the company did not have the right to send workers onto their property, and that a Virginia statute related to natural gas companies should be declared unconstitutional.

EPA Clean Power Plan Calls for 32% CO2 Cuts Across Country, Less For Virginia

The Clean Power Plan released yesterday (8/3) by the EPA calls for greater carbon dioxide cuts from power plants across the country, but is less than originally proposed for Virginia.

The final plan is 15% higher for Virginia. Not 30% or even 32% which the EPA wants to cut nationwide over the next 30 years. 

Dominion Virginia Power said it was a move in the right direction, but should have included nuclear power in computing emissions standards, which amounts to about 40% in Virginia. 

Fecal Coliform Confirmed in Stony Creek Pollution

Tests are back from Stoney Creek in Diwwiddie County and they are positive.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says the tests do indicate traces of a bacterium that lives in water and is associated with human or animal waste, and officials say while the fecal coliform is not life-threatening, they are recommending residents avoid recreational activities, including fishing and swimming in Stoney Creek until further notice.