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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 Protests Must Wait For Decision on Land Survey Questions

Pipeline protestors in Nelson County still do not know whether Dominion Resources can legally survey their land for the proposed 550 mile pipeline. 

Five Nelson County residents filed suit in US District Court against Dominion  Resources in September, arguing the company did not have the right to send workers onto their property, and that a Virginia statute related to natural gas companies should be declared unconstitutional.

EPA Clean Power Plan Calls for 32% CO2 Cuts Across Country, Less For Virginia

The Clean Power Plan released yesterday (8/3) by the EPA calls for greater carbon dioxide cuts from power plants across the country, but is less than originally proposed for Virginia.

The final plan is 15% higher for Virginia. Not 30% or even 32% which the EPA wants to cut nationwide over the next 30 years. 

Dominion Virginia Power said it was a move in the right direction, but should have included nuclear power in computing emissions standards, which amounts to about 40% in Virginia. 

Fecal Coliform Confirmed in Stony Creek Pollution

Tests are back from Stoney Creek in Diwwiddie County and they are positive.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says the tests do indicate traces of a bacterium that lives in water and is associated with human or animal waste, and officials say while the fecal coliform is not life-threatening, they are recommending residents avoid recreational activities, including fishing and swimming in Stoney Creek until further notice.

Richmond Flight Encounters Drone While Landing At JFK

A commercial plane flying from Richmond encountered a drone aircraft while approaching Kennedy International Airport. 

It is the second time in three days a pilot has reported drone aircraft at JFK.

The FAA says Shuttle American Flight 5911 reported the device off the left side of the aircraft as it approached the runway.

Pilots are concerned a drone might be sucked into an engine, or crash through the windshield.

VFMA Open Gift Shop at Short Pump Town Center

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will have a presence in Short Pump Town Center beginning today (8/3). 

It will be a gift shop, opening today on the upper level near Nordstrom’s, and feature the same kind of items available the gift shop in the museum itself, including books, gifts and accessories.

A spokesperson for the mall says it will help to enhance their retail mix and help to introduce shoppers to Richmond’s “remarkable art museum.”

It will be a pop-up shop in a 2,300 square foot space, meaning it will be open for six months, maybe longer, if things go well.

Danville City Council Set To Vote This Week on Removing Confederate Flag

More than 300 Confederate flag supporters gathered in Danville at the Sutherlin Mansion to show their support for keeping the flag atop a war memorial there.

The mansion was called the last capital of the Confederacy and the Confederate flag has flown there for 100 years. 

It has come under fire since the Charleston incident, and this week Danville City Council is scheduled to finally vote on whether or not to take it down. Specifically, they will vote on an ordinance that would specify what flags could fly on city-owned property.

Seventeen Miles of Stoney Creek in Dinwiddie County Polluted

Results are expected this week on a smelly stretch of pollution in Stoney Creek in Dinwiddie County.

About 17 miles of it, the stream turned into a dark, muddy brown color last week.

Apparently it came from a farm northwest of DeWitt, but officials don’t know yet exactly what it is.

Bill Hayden at the Department of Environmental Quality says it does not smell like manure, but the agency is having the water tested for the presence of fecal bacteria and those results are expected this week.

Hamidullin Terrorism Trial Set To Begin Today In US District Court in Richmond

A jury has been selected for the trial of terrorist suspect Irek Hamidullin. Opening statements are set to begin in US District Court in Richmond this morning (7/31).

Prosecutors say Hamidullin led three groups of insurgents in a 2009 attack on Afghan border police and US soldiers.

He was wounded, captured, and brought to this country where he faces trial under the Obama administration’s effort to show it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects.

His lawyers say he was a soldier, not a terrorist and doesn’t belong in any court.

Federal Hearing On Confederate License Plates Today In Danville

The  Confederal flag controversy comes to Danville this morning (7/31) when a federal court hearing will be held that could decide the fate of state-issued Sons of Confederate Veterans License Plates. 

The plates were challenged in 2001, but a federal appeals court ruled at that time they were protected by free speech.

Whatever the decision it is likely to be appealed.

There are currently about 1,700 Confederate plates in circulation in Virginia. Chesterfield tops the list at 111.

State Police Complete Report on Martese Johnson Case

Virginia State Police have concluded their review of the bloody arrest of a UVA student outside a Charlottesville pub.

The report comes after a Charlottesville prosecutor concluded there was no evidence of racism or malice by the arresting officers and after charges against Martese Johnson were dropped and it won’t be made public because, as State Police Spokesperson Corinne Geller says, disclosure is not required by law.