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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 Peace Center’s 2015 Peace Essay Contest And Last Year’s Winner

The Richmond Peace Center is again seeking students to enter their annual essay contest and the young winners provide lessons for all of us.

Sive Howell was 12 years old when she wrote about a young Pakistani girl her age who defied the Taliban for her right to go to school.

The theme for this year’s essay contest comes from the Dali Lama

The contest is open to Primary, Elementary, Middle and High School Students

Hopewell Water Plant Back In Operation Following Spill

Hopewell’s water supplier has resumed production after a 600 gallon diesel spill late Monday (3/2) shut the plant down and threatened to disrupt the city water supply.

Schools dismissed students early, officials issued a notice for residents to boil their water during the next two days beginning last night at nine, and officials prepared for an emergency lack of water after the fuel leak was noticed in the Appomattox River late Monday.

Crews immediately went to work to clean the river and by late yesterday tests found no trace of the diesel fuel.

Sweet Briar College To Close Due To Financial Issues

Sweet Briar College will shut down this summer (2015) because of financial issues. 

The private women’s college in Lynchburg has been a Virginia institution since 1906, but a decline in students, despite an unsustainable tuition discount rate, has resulted in what President James F. Jones calls insurmountable financial challenges, and though he and the board and several alumnae have searched for solutions, they found none.

Chesterfield Daycare Operator Sentenced In Fatal Fire

Forty-six year old Laurie Underwood pleaded guilty yesterday to operating the in-home day care without a state license.

She was caring for eight children in her home last October, when a fire in a garage filled the house with smoke. She and seven children got out safely.

One year old Joseph Matthew Allen did not, he died the next day.

Chesterfield District Judge James O’Connel sentenced Underwood to 12 months in jail, with four suspended.

Armed Robbers Heist Five Million In Gold Bars From Armored Truck On I-95

Armed robbers have hijacked an armored truck on an isolated stretch of I-95 and made off with almost five million dollars worth of gold.

It happened in Wilson County, North Carolina when the armored vehicle began having mechanical troubled, pulled off the road, and the guards were immediately surrounded by three armed men driving a white van, who ordered them to lie on the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and marched them into nearby woods.

Virginia Exports Up Six Percent Last Year To 19.2 Billion

Exports of Virginia goods increased 6% last year to $19.2 billion dollars.

Virginia’s top export commodity was industrial machinery at $2.5 billion, electrical machinery was next, followed by vehicles and plastics.

Agriculture exports rose 16% to $2.9 billion.

For the 18th consecutive year, Canada topped the list of destination for Virginia exports, receiving 19%, China was second at 10% and Mexico third with 6%.

In all, Virginia goods were shipped to more than 230 destinations in 2014.

Council Approves Transfer For Stone Brewery Deal

Richmond City Council has unanimously approved a critical land transfer in the Stone Brewery deal.

The $45 million dollar brewery project that promised to revitalize an area of the city characterized by one council member as “no man’s land,” seemed jeopardized by council’s hesitancy to transfer land that Stone Brewing considered key to a future restaurant phase.

Richmond Marketing Class Works On Real-World Flu Shot Campaign

The flu season is beginning to wind down this year, but for a group of University of Richmond students, it was an opportunity to do something that really mattered, long before graduation.

Michelle Stoll at the Virginia Department of Health enlisted the help of students at a University of Richmond Marketing class to help them create a message with impact.

There were two marketing classes and five teams, who surveyed their peers to find out if they had gotten a vaccine and if not and what would motivate them.

VCU Professor Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Build a Better Battery

Arun Subramanian, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University has just been awarded a half-a-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, to build a better battery to help your smart phone work better and even power your car.