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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

Jefferson Lab: Virginia’s Giant Microscope on Origins of the Universe

Scientists, engineers and students from across the country and around the world are in Richmond this week to present and discuss the latest advancements underway in particle accelerators and their contributions to science. They are being hosted by Virginia’s Jefferson Lab.

The Jefferson Lab in Newport News is one of 17 national laboratories funded primarily by the US Department of Energy. It is often described as a giant microscope.

Six Go on Trial in Murder of Waynesboro Officer

Six people are scheduled to go on trial this week on charges stemming from the slaying of a Waynesboro police officer. Those charges include everything from kidnapping, robbery and racketeering to murder.

The trial begins today (5/4) in US District Court in Charlottesville over the death of 45-year old Kevin Quick, who was reported missing February 1st, 2014. His body was found days later in woods Northwest of Richmond.

The trial is expected to last four weeks.

Researchers From Around The World In Richmond to Study Jefferson Lab

Some 1,200 Scientists and Researchers from around the world are converging in Richmond this week for a conference on nuclear particle accelerators, hosted by Virginia’s Jefferson Lab.

The Jefferson Lab is searching for secrets of the universe, potentially more startling than the smashing of the atom by hurling electrons to smash into nuclei at nearly the speed of light, then recording what happens, looking for patterns, searching for a sign, a signature, a clue as to how we began and what keeps it altogether.

Millennial Students Afraid To Talk In Class?

A University of Richmond professor says Digital Connectivity is causing a radical change in the way his classes are conducted, and he says education will never be the same. Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report.

At The University of Richmond, Bill Bergman says everything has changed. Bill Teaches Digital marketing and embraces the technology.

Henrico’s Budget Approved: No New Taxes

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved the county’s new budget.

Real Estate taxes will remain the same, 87¢ per $100. Machinery and tool taxes were cut by 70% to help attract industry.

The general fund is up 2.4% from $767 million to $785 million, including $441 million for schools. And it includes a 2% salary increase for all government and school employees beginning in October, paid for in part by increased state funds.

Rice to Speak at William And Mary Graduation

Condoleeza Rice will be among the speakers at William and Mary’s commencement excercises next month, amid speculation about the 2016 election. The former secretary of state is scheduled to address the graduating class next month in Williamsburg, where she will receive an honorary doctorate.

Rice is the most talked about non-candidate in the Republican party, for president, for vice-president, for an upcoming Senate election in California.

24 Hospitalized Due To Vapor Leak at Dupont Plant

Twenty-two Dupont employees and two firefighters were hospitalized yesterday (4/27) due to a vapor leak at the South Richmond Zytel plant.

All 24 were released yesterday after being evaluated for exposure to a chemical known as Dowtherm SDX, a heating fluid that vaporizes at extremely high temperatures and began leaking from a production line at the Spruance plant.

Two buildings were evacuated, the leak was contained to the plant, and no one was seriously injured.

The leak occurred as maintenance work was being done on one of the manufacturing lines.

Six University Presidents Sign Charter To Combat Rising Seas

Six university presidents have formally agreed to work together on challenges facing Virginia’s coastal communities.

Rising sea waters make Virginia’s coastline one of the nation’s hotspots for flooding, erosion and storm damage. The Sea Grant Charter signed yesterday (4/27) in Richmond seeks to address that.

SCOTUS to Hear Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage Bans

The United States Supreme Court will consider challenges to gay marriage bans across the country Tuesday (4/28).

The nine justices will  hear oral arguments in four challenges from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee, where the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld marriage bans, splitting from other appellate courts, including the Fourth, that overturned bans including the one in Virginia. 

Nationwide, same-sex couple can now marry in 36 states. 

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