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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

Richmond To Consider Plans to Revitalize Hull Street Corridor

Richmond city officials are planning a $36 million dollar improvement project for Hull Street including sidewalks and a bike path.

The plan calls for a five foot green space and a five foot sidewalk along Hull Street Road eastbound and an eight foot green space and 10-foot wide shared use path across the street.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the design is in its early stages and comes before the Urban Design Committee for its first review today.

Money would come from federal, state and city funds though none has been allocated yet.

Earthquake Expert Says Activity Increasing In Central Virginia

There was a small earthquake yesterday morning (11/4) with an epicenter about seven miles east of Buckingham, and there could be more. This one registered 2.6 on the Richter scale.

Dr. Martin Chapman, Director of the Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory, says activity has been increasing in recent years.

Yesterday’s quake was a small one and there was no damage reported.

Republican Amanda Chase Wins In 11th District Senate Race

Another important Republican victory in the state senate races was in District 11, where Republican Amanda Chase coasted to victory.

Amanda Chase first knocked off incumbent Senator Steve Martin in the June GOP primary, and her victory yesterday (11/3) seemed a given in the Republican leaning 11th district, which includes Amelia County, Colonial Heights and parts of Chesterfield.

She defeated Democrat Wayne Powell in yesterday’s matchup.

Chase says she has “tea party leanings” and supports term limits and more transparency in legislative committee hearings.

Henrico County Board of Supervisors Maintains Republican Majority

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors maintains its Republican majority.

Republican Tommy Branin defeated Democrat Bob Shippee to replace Three Chopt District Supervisor David Kaechele, who is retiring after 36 years on the board.

Long-term Republican Dick Glover secured his eighth term in the Brookland District over Democratic challenger Danny Plaugher.

Democrat incumbent Frank Thornton won his sixth term in the Fairfield District over John Dantzler. Patricia O’Bannon in Tuckahoe and Tyrone Nelson in Varina ran unopposed.

Republicans Maintain Control of State Senate In Expensive, Off-year Election

Virginia Republicans have maintained control of the state Senate in an expensive, off-year election battle.

After millions of dollars were spent, not a single seat changed hands in the Virginia Senate race, with the GOP retaining its 21-19 lead. All House Republican incumbents held off their challengers yesterday (11/3) and appeared to firm up their majority in there.

Democratic Governor McAuliffe led a well-financed effort to tilt the balance in the Senate, but it did not happen.

Virginia State Promotes Backyard Fish Farms

Virginia State University is leading the way to help people build a fish farm in their back yards.

Aquaculture now accounts for 50% of the world’s food fish, and extension specialists at Virginia State are teaching people how to raise fish in backyard ponds and aquariums.

Virginia State recently had an aquaculture field day and you’ll find more in a video posted at Science Matters here.

Richmond Set To Sell $23 Million In Bonds for Brewery

Richmond is set to sell beer bonds next week, $23 million dollars worth.

Bloomberg reports this morning it may be the first time a US city has put its credit on the line for beer.

Richmond will sell bonds next week to build a brewery for California-based Stone Brewing Company on property that has been vacant for forty years.

Election Day

Polls opened across the state at 6:00 a.m. this morning (11/3) and close tonight at 7:00 p.m.

And before the day is over, control of the Virginia Senate will be decided.

Republicans now hold a 21-19 edge, but Democrats hope to end that, and one of the key races is in the Richmond area between Democrat Dan Gecker and Republican Glen Sturtevant, that has received national attention and out-of-state money.

The outcome could affect Governor McCauliffe’s key initiatives, from the budget, to Medicaid expansion, to gun control in the Commonwealth.

Aquaculture Field Day at Virginia State University

Aquaculture is one of the most rapidly expanding forms of agriculture nationwide, and one that is projected to grow due to market demand for healthy, locally produced foods. It now accounts for 50% of the world’s food fish, and becomes more important every day, especially where there is hunger. Learn more about Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Field Day that took place on October 22 in this special report by 88.9 WCVE’s Charles Fishburne.