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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

Sweet Briar Non-profit Makes Good On Final Payment

The non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College plans to make another large payment today (9/2).

Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., says it will make a payment of $3.5 million, more than enough to meet their obligations, and late yesterday, they were still counting more money.

This installment is the third and final payment of $12 million, spelled out in a mediated settlement this summer, after the school’s administration announced in March it was closing the school.

There is now a new administration, new life, and Fall classes are in session.

Virginia Uranium’s Court Bid To Mine in Pittsylvania County Begins November 6th

A court date has been set over a controversial plan to mine one of the world’s richest uranium deposits in Southside Virginia.

Virginia Uranium has been trying for a decade to get the General Assembly to lift a moratorium on the mining of radioactive ore without success.

Now, they have taken it to US District Court in Danville. The company wants to mine about $10 billion dollars worth of uranium located in Pittsylvania County, but opponents have cited a number of concerns including public drinking water.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Begin To Appear in Richmond’s “Food Desert”

There are thousands of people in Richmond who have no easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but there is a major effort underway to change that.

Song’s Market is a typical inner city convenience store that sells mostly beer, soda, chips and cigarettes. But in a collaboration with Tricycle Gardens, it also sells fresh fruits and vegetables, and yesterday (9/1), was having a free tasting of some healthy food.

Sequoia Ross is Coordinator of the Corner Farm Initiative, handing out samples and promoting healthful eating.

McCauliffe Adminstration Says Voting And Civil Rights Restored For Ten Thousand Ex-Offenders

Governor McCauliffe says his administration has restored the voting and civil rights of more than 10,000 Virginians with criminal records. 

The Governor said yesterday (8/31) that more Virginians have had their rights restored under his watch than under any other governor in a four-year term.

Staples Mill Amtrak Station Cited For Violating Americans With Disabilities Act

Richmond’s Staples Mill Amtrak Station has been cited for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The action comes three months after an investigation by the US Department of Justice found Amtrak had violated the ADA across the country by failing to make train stations accessible to people with disabilities and ordered the rail system to remedy the violations.

The Staples Mill station was cited after Gary Talley could not hear his name called over the loudspeaker and filed a complaint.

Deadline is Today For General Assembly To Redraw 3rd District

Today (9/1) is the deadline for the  General Assembly to redraw Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District with no signs that is going to happen.

Democrats walked out, rather than leave it to a Republican-controlled General Assembly to redraw the lines and left it to the court, which ruled the 3rd District lines were unconstitutional, and ordered the General Assembly to fix it. The  August 17th special session did not.

Nothing has happened between then, and now the deadline for the General Assembly to act has passed.

ACLU Suit Against Storage of Data From License Plate Readers Will Proceed

A Fairfax County judge has declined to throw out a lawsuit challenging the data collected through the use of license-plate readers.

The ACLU will have its day in court on this one. They sued, claiming that keeping a database of such information amounts to an illegal invasion of privacy of law-abiding citizens and that it should be done only for a criminal investigation.

Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s Bid For Freedom on Appeal at Critical Juncture

Former Governor Bob McDonnell could hear as early as this week whether he will be allowed to remain free on bail pending his appeal. 

Both his lawyers…and the US solicitor general presented their case last week as McDonnel fought to remain free while he appeals his 11 corruption convictions.