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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

Prosecutor: ABC Agents' Force Not Excessive

A Charlottesville prosecutor said yesterday (6/17) that he found no evidence of excessive force or racism on the part of ABC officers who arrested Martese Johnson outside a Charlottesville nightclub.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman said he would not have hesitated to charge any of the three ABC agents involving Johnson’s bloody arrest, but he believed they used restraint and did not respond to Johnson’s cursing and calling them racists.

Northrup Grumman Lays Off 51 State Employees

Northrup Grumman has laid off 51 state employees it has managed under a $2.3 million dollar contract with the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. 

Some of the 51 work at a Chester facility that Northrup Grumman built under a contract it signed with the state in 2006 to manage the government’s information system. 

A spokesperson for the agency says the layoffs were Grumman’s decision and prompted by its review of staffing levels and required skills. 

VCU Health System Appoints New CEO

Virginia Commonwealth University’s health system has a new CEO. 

She is Dr. Marsha D. Rappley, currently dean of the College of Medicine at Michigan State University, where, during her 10-year tenure, research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other federal entities doubled, endowments grew by 80%, and the medical school expanded to serve all of Michigan.

She is also a tenured professor of pediatrics and human development and replaces Dr. Sheldon Retchin who left VCU after more than 30 years to take over as CEO at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

Virginia Vital Statistics Now Online

It has been just over two weeks since Virginia made available some sixteen million vital records with easy online access for family historians, genealogists and the just-plain-curious.

There have been 1.7 million searches since its inception, some of them mine.

My printer is spitting out some piece of my family history stories of ancestors from the cradle to the grave, now available online.

Kaine Amends Disclosure Form To Reflect Luxury Seaside Stay

US Senator Tim Kaine did not initially report a three-day stay at a seaside luxury resort in Southern Spain as required by Senate rules.

The $1,400 trip, including lodging for Kaine and his wife, was paid for by a non-profit with close ties to a lobbying firm, which would have required him to report it.

The non-profit was the US-Spain Council, which shares an address, phone number and staff with a federal lobbying firm.

Senate rules generally prohibit lobbyists from paying for foreign travel, but watchdogs say the rules have giant loopholes.

State Likely To Finish With Surplus, Raises for Employees

Virginia state employees could be in for a 2% pay raise, as state revenues achieve a dramatic turnaround from this time last year.

The Governor and the General Assembly approved the 2% hike if the state had a revenue surplus, or a shortfall of less than o1% at the end of fiscal 2015 next month.

State Finance Secretary Rick Brown told members of the House Appropriations Committee yesterday (6/15), Virginia is on track for a $427 million dollar surplus.

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.