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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

Pipeline Opponents Plan To Confront Governor With 5,000 Signatures

Opponents of a natural gas pipeline through Virginia are pressing Governor McAuliffe to join forces with them.

They plan to deliver more than 5,000 signatures to the Govenor today, demanding he rescind his support of the $5 billion dollar project, which he has enthusiastically termed a “game changer,” bringing jobs and tax revenues to the state, along with lower fuel costs.

NTSB Says Need Urgent To Replace Or Retrofit Oil Tank Cars

The National Transportation Safety Board says tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted or replaced to make them safe.

The report comes after a series of explosive accidents in recent months including a 17-car derailment in Lynchburg that dumped three tank cars in the James River.

The Board issued a series of recommendations calling for cars to be fitted with protective systems better able to withstand fire than the bare steel construction now widely used, and said the industry’s timetable for replacement would take too long.

Columbia School of Journalism Releases Scathing Report On Rolling Stone UVA Article

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has issued a scathing report on the editorial breakdown at Rolling Stone magazine that allowed publication of a sensational-but-now-discredited report of an alleged gang-rape on campus.

The magazine’s owner had asked Columbia to prepare an objective third-party report of its editorial process that contributed to the deeply-flawed 9,000 word story, and said it would implement recommendations about its journalistic practices that are listed in the report.

Shaka Smart Leaving VCU Rams For Texas

VCU’s men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart is going to Texas. 

VCU’s winningest basketball coach ever is ending a highly-successful six-year tenure with the Rams and moving on to the University of Texas, where the Longhorns have deep pockets and aggressive recruiting, and a powerful profile.

VCU issued a short statement after Smart met with his teams late last night (4/2).

He has passed up other offers before from schools in power conferences, but the Texas' offer was apparently too much to pass by.

State Foresters Battle Wildfire In Botetourt County, 50 More Blazing Across State

State Foresters say they have made significant progress containing the largest wildfire yet this forest fire season.

Working in steep and rocky terrain, firefighters have used hand tools and bulldozers to create a line around the fire and say it is 70% contained but expect it will have scorched more than 1,300 acres before it is contained.

While it is not the only fire burning right now, it is the largest, as Spring wild-fire season is at its peak.

Virginia State Senator On Islamic State’s “Enemies” List

A Virginia state senator says the state's Capitol Police have alerted him to a threat against him by the so-called Islamic State. 

Senator Richard Black says police told him he was featured in a magazine published by the “Islamic State,” that lists him and others as ”the enemy.”

The Washington Post reports the magazine also featured photos of former GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and CIA veteran Gary Berntsen.

Black last year sent a letter praising Syrian President Assad that was posted on Assad’s Facebook page.

VCU Contemplates Three Percent Tuition Hike

Virginia Commonwealth University is contemplating a 3% hike in tuition and fees next year.

The Board of Visitors yesterday (3/31) considered a $538 million dollar instructional budget and ways to pay for it.

Options would increase tuition and mandatory fees by either $344 or $374 dollars for in-state students.

The money would go to increased faculty compension and student financial aid, with deferred maintenance at the higher rate. Under the proposals in-state students would pay up to $12,772.