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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

Shaka Smart Leaving VCU Rams For Texas

VCU’s men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart is going to Texas. 

VCU’s winningest basketball coach ever is ending a highly-successful six-year tenure with the Rams and moving on to the University of Texas, where the Longhorns have deep pockets and aggressive recruiting, and a powerful profile.

VCU issued a short statement after Smart met with his teams late last night (4/2).

He has passed up other offers before from schools in power conferences, but the Texas' offer was apparently too much to pass by.

State Foresters Battle Wildfire In Botetourt County, 50 More Blazing Across State

State Foresters say they have made significant progress containing the largest wildfire yet this forest fire season.

Working in steep and rocky terrain, firefighters have used hand tools and bulldozers to create a line around the fire and say it is 70% contained but expect it will have scorched more than 1,300 acres before it is contained.

While it is not the only fire burning right now, it is the largest, as Spring wild-fire season is at its peak.

Virginia State Senator On Islamic State’s “Enemies” List

A Virginia state senator says the state's Capitol Police have alerted him to a threat against him by the so-called Islamic State. 

Senator Richard Black says police told him he was featured in a magazine published by the “Islamic State,” that lists him and others as ”the enemy.”

The Washington Post reports the magazine also featured photos of former GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and CIA veteran Gary Berntsen.

Black last year sent a letter praising Syrian President Assad that was posted on Assad’s Facebook page.

VCU Contemplates Three Percent Tuition Hike

Virginia Commonwealth University is contemplating a 3% hike in tuition and fees next year.

The Board of Visitors yesterday (3/31) considered a $538 million dollar instructional budget and ways to pay for it.

Options would increase tuition and mandatory fees by either $344 or $374 dollars for in-state students.

The money would go to increased faculty compension and student financial aid, with deferred maintenance at the higher rate. Under the proposals in-state students would pay up to $12,772.

ACLU Blasts Governor For Trying To “Gut” Bills To Limit Surveillance

The ACLU has blasted Governor McCauliffe for trying to amend legislation dealing with police use of drones.

The ACLU sent the Governor a letter yesterday (3/30), accusing him of trying to gut bills that would restrict the use of drones by police and limit data collection by automatic license plates readers.

The General Assembly passed several measures aimed at reigning in the power of police to carry out surveillance on civilians.

Amherst County Attorney Asks A Judge To Block Sweet Briar’s Closing

Amherst County’s Attorney is asking a judge to block the closing of Sweet Briar College and remove its president and board of directors.

The complaint says the closure is “not only precipitous and unwarranted, it is also unlawful,” and asked that a special fiduciary be appointed to take control of the college’s assets. 

Environmentals Converge At VMI for Annual Conference; Oil Train Derailments On Agenda

Hundreds of environmental leaders and activists are in Lexington today for an annual gathering at Virginia Military Institute. 

It is the 26thEnrivonmental Virginia Symposium, and the top item on the agenda this year is the train derailment and oil spill that occurred one year ago in the James River in Lynchburg.

Panelists will include Lynchburg’s mayor, officials with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and a representative of the James  River Association. 

Science Matters: UVA Doctors Using Computer Access To Reach Specialist More Quickly; They Say, “It’s All Good.”

The University of Virginia Health System is piloting a new program to speed patient’s access to specialists.

Perhaps you’ve been there.  You go to your family physician for a problem, he refers you to a specialist, the specialist can see you, let’s say June 18th at 3pm is the first availability.  Be sure to arrive 30 minutes early.  Well, UVA has a better idea.