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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

Annual Pony Roundup at Chicoteague

An Eastern Shore tradition celebrated by Marguerite Henry’s book, “Misty of Chicoteague” is marking its 90th year this week. 

The highlight is this morning, featuring the annual swim of the tough little ponies from Assateague Island to Chicoteague Island. 

A group of volunteers called the “Saltwater Cowboys,” rounds up the ponies and leads them through the passage at slack tide. 

Archeologist Announce Discovery of Four Burial Sites at Site of Jamestown Church

Archeologists have announced a major discover at Jamestown, home of the first permanent English settlement in America.

The announcement came at the Smithsonian yesterday.  Four burial sites, uncovered after more than four hundred years, including Jamestown’s first Anglican minister, Captain Gabriel Archer, a rival of John Smith, the first knight buried in America, and a possible spy, or at least a religious dissenter. 

Federal Appeals Court Orders EPA To Relax Some Limits On Smokestack Emissions

A federal appeals court has ordered the EPA to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions involving 13 states, including Virginia.

The ruling by the US court of Appeals for the District of Colmbia orders the EPA to redo sulfur-dioxide and nitrogen-oxides standards for those 13 states that contribute to soot and smog along the East Coast. 

Petersburg Renames Two Streets To Mark Ties With Virginia State University

The City of Petersburg has renamed two streets to celebrate its ties with Virginia State University.

Fleet and Canal Streets are now named University Boulevard, to recognize and celebrate its ties with the University.

City Council voted for the change in June and the new signs were installed last week.

VSU interim president Pamela Hammond said, “Petersburg has long been the ‘front door’ of Virginia State and the action demonstrates the city’s commitment to VSU.

Trial For Accused Taliban Terrorist Postponed Again

The Trial of a Russian accused of being a terrorist for the Taliban has been postponed again.

In a brief order filed yesterday (7/27), US District Judge Henry E. Hudson announced the trial would be postponed, citing additional evidence uncovered by the government that could be helpful to the defense of Irek Hamidullin.

The 55-year old Russian faces multiple charges after he was wounded and captured while allegedly aiding Taliban forces in Afghanistan against American troops.

He is charged with alleged terrorists activities. He claims he was just a simple soldier.

Trial of Accused Taliban Terrorist Set To Begin In Richmond Tomorrow

A Richmond court is set to consider the case of an alleged Russian Taliban soldier, wounded and captured and brought to this country for trial as a terrorist.

Fifty-five year old Irek Hamidullin is charged with material support to terrorists, attempting to destroy a US military aircraft, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to kill an officer of the United States.

His lawyers say he was a soldier, not a terrorist, and not subject to trial under the international rules of war.

Department of Justice Says Virginia Dragging Its Heels in Disability Settlement

The US Justice Department says Virginia is dragging its heels in complying with court-ordered reforms to its program for people with disabilities.

Virginia is among the last states in the union to move people out of state-run facilities into community settings, and the justice department claims money from the sale of those facilities is not being applied to their welfare, as required in the settlement. 

Navy Holds Memorial Service For Sailor Shot And Killed In Tennessee Massacre

The Navy has held a memorial service in Norfolk for a Virginia sailor killed during a shooting rampage in Tennessee that claimed his life and that of four marines.

Petty Officer 2ndClass Randall Smith was shot and killed at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, by a gunman who researched Islamic martyrdom and was himself killed in  shootout with police. 

There are now reports that some of the five serviceman who were fatally wounded sacrificed themselves during the assault, diverting the gunman  from a larger group of potential victims.