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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

Compromise Would Limit But Allow Natural Gas Drilling In National Forest

Over the objections of environmental groups and the Governor, a federal management plan just released today, will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in the George Washington National Forest. There is an estimated $10 billion in natural gas in a huge shale formation that extends from New York State to West Virginia, with a small sliver passing through Virginia and the national forest.

Henrico Woman Faces Federal Charges -– Accused of Promoting Islamic State

A Henrico County woman faces a federal charge after being accused of promoting the Islamic State. An FBI affidavit says Heather Elizabeth Coffman posted flags of the Islamic State and images of men holding AK-47’s on her Facebook account, tried to make arrangements for a man she said was her husband to train and fight with the Islamic state in Syria, and then offering to make similar arrangements for an FBI agent posing as an Islamic sympathizer during a sting operation.

Lynchburg Day Care Operator Faces Misdemeanor Charge After Fatal Fire

Two children died in the September fire at Doris Lee Thompson’s daycare in Lynchburg and another was hospitalized in critical condition for six days. She was caring for seven children in her home when flames broke out in the kitchen.

A grand jury considered evidence in the case during a closed hearing in Lynchburg Circuit Court and indicted Thompson with one count of unlawfully operating a day care facility. Authorities say she did not have a license to operate a day care center, nor did she have a business license for the facility.

Richmond Firm Offers Free Cataract Surgery For Indigent Patients

Every year, three million Americans have cataract surgery in what is the most common, and possibly most successful, of all surgical procedures.

Dr. Walter Bundy at the Virginia Eye Institute is about to participate for the 21st year in their annual Cataract Mission to help Virginians in need to receive the surgery free of charge. Applications are being taken now, though the surgery date is February 28st and screenings the week before. He says the lead time is important, because it takes time for many potential patients to get the word.

Leaders Of Historically-Black Colleges Gather At Virginia Union To Celebrate and Plan For Future

The leaders of several historically black colleges and universities are gathering in Richmond today (11/14) to discuss their past, present and future. It’s part of Virginia Union’s 150th anniversary celebration and President Claude Perkins will be joined by the heads of  Benedict College, Bowie State, Tougaloo College, Shaw University, and Johnson C. Smith University to talk about challenges facing the schools both now and in the future.

Troops Returning From West Africa Isolated At Langley

More than 80 US forces returning from the Ebola response mission in Liberia have arrived at Langley Air Force Base where they will spend 21-days in quarantine-like isolation. The returning troops were part of a mission to one of the three West African Countries at the heart of the Ebola epidemic. None have symptoms, but they will remain under what the Pentagon has described as “controlled monitoring” for three weeks under new guidance aimed at containing possible Ebola contagion.

Hanover Board To Reconsider 68-Home Development Project

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors will reconsider its vote against a 68-home development on Summer Duck Farm. The Board had voted down rezoning of the land last month by 4-3, but Supervisor Elton Wade, Sr. later said he had changed his mind. He thought the development should procede and asked the board reconsider.

County Attorney Sterling Rives said a zoning decision can be reconsiderd if the request came from someone who had voted with the majority and yesterday the board voted unanimously for another public hearing.