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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

Snow Removal Budget Set For 2014-2015 Season

The Virginia Department of Transportation has set its initial snow-removal budget for the upcoming winter. It may have been a relatively balmy 54 degrees over night, but winter is coming and VDOT is ready with about 145 million dollars to spend keeping the roads clear.

Last winter, snow was on the ground in various parts of the state from late October into early April.

Northern Virginia has the biggest slice of the budget at more than 50 million dollars. Richmond generally spends about 10 million. VDOT says it will spend whatever it takes.

Jesse Matthew Will Make Initial Court Appearance In Fairfax Friday

The suspect in the abduction of UVA student Hannah Graham will be making an initial court appearance Friday (10/31) in Fairfax in an unrelated case. Thirty-two year old Jesse Matthew was indicted last week in Fairfax on attempted capital murder and other charges for a sexual assault in 2005 in Fairfax City. The victim escaped with her life when a passerby startled the assailant, and is cooperating with investigators.

Authorities say they have forensic links between this case, Graham’s abduction and the 2009 disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

DARS To Honor Seven Businesses For Hiring Disabled

Seven regional business will be honored tomorrow (10/28) for their efforts to hire workers with disabilities.

One of the businesses is a government contractor at Ft. Lee that provides lawn maintenance. Jamie Harold was a volunteer firefighter, who lost his right leg and most of the use of his right arm in an accident, on the way to help victims of a tornado in 1999. He found work with a company called Snookum that hires people with disabilities.

Hanover Supervisors Might Reconsider Rejection Of Summer Duck Farm Development

Hanover County Supervisors may revisit a proposed 68-home development that was voted down earlier this week. The vote was 4-3 against the proposed development at Summer Duck Farm and Atlee Station Road, but supervisor Elton Wade said he wants to change his vote and has asked the matter be brought up at the next Board meeting. He said he erred in his vote, but he didn’t said what changed his mind.

Fairfax Judge Issues Bench Warrant For Jesse Matthew In Fairfax Sexual Assault

A judge in Fairfax County has issued a bench warrant to bring the man accused of abducting a missing University of  Virginia student to Fairfax to face charges in another crime. Jesse Matthew is currently being held in Charlottesville of charges of kidnapping UVA student Hannah Graham.

Deer Mating Season Means Danger To Motorists

It’s deer mating season and motorists are being urged to stay focused and alert as it creates a deadly road hazard in Virginia. Triple A MidAtlantic says thousands of deer related crashes take place across the state every year, resulting in fatalities, injuries and costly vehicle damage, and more than half of them take place between October and December.

It is deer mating season and they are as likely as not to bolt across a highway, oblivious to oncoming traffic.

Unemployment Flat At 5.5%, Workforce Continues To Shrink

Virginia’s unemployment stood at 5.5% in September. The unemployment rate has been trending up slightly for the past five months. Ann Lang, Senior Economist at the Virginia Employment Commission says the figures are relatively flat and there are indications some people have given up looking for jobs.

The labor force contracted by almost 12,000 in September, and she says Virginia is continuing to feel the effects of federal government spending cuts.