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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

Supreme Court of Virginia To Hold Special Session On Felon’s Voting Rights

The Supreme Court of Virginia has scheduled a special session on July 19th to take up the GOP challenge to Governor McAuliffe’s order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons.

Republican leaders in the General Assembly were eager to have the case decided by August 25th. Republicans argue the Governor exceeded his authority in granting the rights en masse rather than reviewing cases on an individual basis.

The Governor portrays the action as a remedy for racial injustice.

There are rallies in support of restoration of rights scheduled for Saturday (6/4).

Richmond Area Jobless Rate Lowest in Eight Years

The Richmond region’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest April level since 2008.

Ann Lang, Senior Economist for the Virginia Employment Commission, says milder weather for construction and hiring for the tourist season are factors.

The Richmond area had the sixth lowest rate among the nation’s 51 largest metroploitan areas, along with Dallas, Boston and the Washington, DC area.

Hispanic Americans Get Head Start on Clean the Bay Day

Memorial Day is a time thousands of Virginians went to the river, the beach, and the bay.

But last weekend, this group of Hispanic Americans got there early, to help make it cleaner for everybody else.

Denis is a native of Guatemela, who has lived in Richmond 10 years, he is part of a group of 40 Hispanics that gathered at Ancarrow's landing in downtown Richmond Saturday (5/28), to help pick up trash.

Verizon and Union Reach Contract Agreement, Workers Expected Back on Job June 1

Verizon Communications and leaders of striking unions have reached a tentative agreement and hope to end a walkout that has lasted nearly seven weeks. 39,000 union workers walked off the job, including nearly 1,000 in Central Virginia and pickets went up at Verizon locations here for two-four hour shifts.

Richmond’s SPARC Performing Arts Program To Get National Exposure

A Documentary on Richmonds’ SPARC performing arts program is set to air nationwide on PBS. The documentary film on the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community was produced by filmmakers Martin Montgomery and Bill Gaff, who spent six months documenting the live art program that includes students with and without disabilities, teaching them about acceptance through art.

The film follows six students and their families along with staff members, focusing on how they learn about themselves in the process.

Third Major West Coast Craft Brewery to Locate in Virginia

Virginia is about to get another major craft brewery, just outside Roanoke.

California-based Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits had considered an unused Philip Morris complex in South Richmond, but instead chose a site in Botetourt County outside of Roanoke for its $47.8 million dollar brewery. Ballast Point plans to hire 178 people.

Richmond Area Schools Win State Education Awards for Excellence

Governor McAuliffe and the State Board of Education have just announced the 2016 VIP awards for schools and school divisions across the state, and Richmond area schools have scored well.

Midlothian Middle School won the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, one of only eight across the state to do so. That is the highest award attainable.

Window Closing On Some Spring Planting

Virginia Farmers say the window is closing on spring planting and they are in some cases, weeks behind because of the constant rain.

Elaine Lidholme at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says tractors are sitting ready the fields.

Peanuts are 95% planted, cotton is 75%.

The National Weather Service says so far, this has been the 6th wettest May on record.

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest private industry, at $52 billion dollars annually.

Science Matters: Local Students Win International Science Awards

Three local students have won top awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. The winners include Oliver Hamiton and David Lu, both of Godwin High School in Henrico, and Camille Yoke of Maggie Walker’s Governor’s School, who won best in category, over winners from all over the world. She won for the project, “Constructive Interference of Seismic Surface Waves Antipodal to Crater Impact Sites on Terrestrial Bodies.”

Science Matters: University of Virginia Researcher Finds New Pathway To Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes

A University of Virginia researcher has discovered a gene called Oct4. Thought to be dormant in adults, it is actually a key element in preventing heart attacks and strokes and activating the gene could have a “fountain of youth” effect.