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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

State To Offer Pilot On-Line High School Education

The Virginia Department of Education is set to launch a pilot program in the fall that will allow students to earn a high school diploma without stepping inside a classroom. 

The online program will be run through the state’s Virtual Virginia classroom program, with state-approved curriculum and state-employed teachers.

It will begin with only 100 students and be offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Science Matters: UVA Plans To Make Body Parts To Order

The University of Virginia may become one of the first places in the country to “print” body parts to order. 

Thirteen years ago, Japanese researcher Makoto Nakamura discovered that human cells were the same size as ink droplets in an injet printer.  Years later those printers now exist…and scientists at UVA have two of the nation’s four most advanced bioprinters, with which they hope to make human parts.

Professor Shayne Pierce-Cottler has just acquired the two printers for UVA’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Alleged Victim Confronts Jesse Matthew In Fairfax Courtroom

A woman, who authorities say was assaulted by the same man accused of killing a UVA student, came face to face with him in a Fairfax Courtroom yesterday (6/4).

The encounter was brief. But it provided a preview of the courtroom drama expected next week when a jury trial begins for 33-year old Jesse Matthew.

The woman’s testimony was focused on a narrow legal question to determine whether the ability to identify Matthew as her attacker had been corrupted by pretrial publicity in which his picture has been shown repeatedly.

Petco Accepts “Full Responsibility” for Dog’s Death

Petco has accepted responsibility for the death of a two-year old dog that was being groomed at a Chesterfield store.

Petco says it takes full responsibility, has fired the employees involved, ordered retraining of all groomers, and will remove the kind of driers used on the golden retriever who was left there and died.

Allison Marks had dropped Colby off for a regular grooming on a Saturday and when she called to check on her dog, was summoned to a nearby animal hospital where a veterinarian told her he believed Colby died of a heat stroke.

Virginia Tech Testing Drones For News Coverage

The Day could come soon when your local TV station could be flying drones to help cover breaking news, but there is a problem. Actually, more than one.

Drones are unmanned aircraft fitted with cameras, or even weapons, that threaten to clog the nation’s airspace, compromise privacy, and fill the sky with an accidents waiting to happen.

Rose Mooney is Executive Director of the MidAtlantic Aviation Partnership, under contract with the government find a way to use drones safely and properly.

Aging Virginia Center Commons Could Become Open Mall

Virginia Center Commons could become an open mall as it struggles to survive. The 24-year old regional mall is dealing with age and increasing competition.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning (6/4) says it has uncovered some marketing material that suggests its owners are planning to change it from an enclosed mall, to an open air mall like the area’s newest, Short Pump and Stoney Point.

Incumbents Have Cash Advantage In Next Week’s Primary

Challengers who want to knock off incumbent state lawmakers during next week’s primary will have to do so at a large cash disadvantage. 

Democratic House Speaker William J. Howell has a 12-1 advantage over his opponent, Susan Stimpson.

Democratic Incumbant State Senator Rosalyn Dance has a 20-1 advantage over her opponent Joe Preston in the 16th district.

And Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment has $1 million dollars in campaign cash, and he doesn’t even have a primary opponent.

State Auditor Questions VSU Management Practices

The Virginia State auditor is raising concerns over Virginia State management procedures as the university struggles to overcome declining enrollment.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says a preliminary draft audit indicates an $84 million dollar multipurpose center now under construction will not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and could force VSU to increase student fees.