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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

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine Says Donald Trump, Jr., May Have Committed Treason

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says Donald Trump, Jr. may have committed treason when he agreed to meet with a Russian lawyer, under the pretense of getting damaging intel on Hillary Clinton.

Clinton’s former running mate was commenting on a New York Times article about an email sent to the President’s oldest son, and his subsequent release of the email. Senator Tim Kaine said, “Nothing is proven yet but we are now beyond obstruction of justice in terms of what is being investigated. This is moving into perjury, false statements and even potentially into treason.”

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner Cites First “Clear Evidence,” of Russian Involvement With Trump Campaign Officials

Virginia Senator Mark Warner, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says we now have the first clear evidence that senior Trump campaign officials met with Russians to try to discredit Hillary Clinton.

Once again, Virginia’s Democratic Senator and the number two member on the Intelligence Committee is being widely quoted nationwide after hearing about Donald Trump Jr.’s acknowledgement of a meeting last June with a Russian lawyer.

Nineteen Attorneys General Sue Over Student Debt Rules Revocation

A Group of 19 state attorneys general, including Virginia’s Mark Herring, is suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for delaying an overhaul of rules to erase the federal student debts of those who were defrauded by colleges.

The rule dates back to the 90’s and wipes away federal loans for students whose colleges used illegal or deceptive tactics to get them to borrow money to attend.

Chesterfield County Launches Department of Community Enhancement

Chesterfield County has just launched its new Department of Community Enhancement, to help erase pockets of poverty and rebuild aging communities.

The department’s new director Kirk Turner says they will crack down on code violations.

“We like to be aggressive. Where we have issues, we’d like to get people to clean that up.”

But the new, 18-member department is much more than just property police. They will help form public policy on codes, and zoning and incentives and tax abatement and rebuilding.

VCU Launches Website, and Campaign to Train Physicians on Proper Prescription of Opioids

Virginia Commonwealth University has launched a major campaign to deal with the nation’s opioid epidemic where it usually starts, with health care providers.

Dr. Omar Abubaker’s son died of a heroin overdose three years ago. It began with prescription pain medication for a football injury.

“He was a good kid…”

But Adam, like thousands of others became addicted and died of an overdose, and his father has become a leading advocate of VCU’s new outreach to health professionals everywhere.

UVA’s Miller Center For Public Policy Releases “Watergate Cover-up,” on the Crucial Role of the Tapes

As multiple investigations continue into allegations of Russian interference in American elections UVA’s Miller Center has released a report on the Watergate scandal, and what eventually brought down the Nixon presidency.

Virginia Tech Website Studies Fourth of July Celebrations Before, During and After Civil War

The Fourth of July is the Celebration of American Independence. But there is divisiveness today that seems to cloud the celebration for many.

The country has survived many such times, perhaps none worse than July 4th, 1865. Virginia Tech researchers take us back to that day, with a website entitled “Mapping the Fourth” that scans news articles, personal letters and manuscripts to see how Americans celebrated Independence Day, even as they fought to tear the country apart.

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Allocates Surplus Monday

Chesterfield County ended the fiscal year with a $23 million dollar surplus, and put the money back into schools and a rainy day fund.

The School Division showed a $15.2 million dollar surplus due to turnover and a lag in hiring and debt refinancing, and the Board of Supervisors set aside $1 million for bus replacement and $3.1 million for the Supplemental Retirement System, which has undergone changes to insure it remains solvent.