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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

Richmond’s Battlefield Park Acquires 285 Acres

One of the Civil War’s Most violent and least understood battlegrounds has just acquired 285 new acres and will come under federal protection. United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came to Richmond Battlefield Park in Hanover to participate in the transfer.

Jewell accepted the transfer of the 285 acres on the Gaine’s Mill Battlefield from the Civil War trust for $400,000. The trust purchased the land for $3.2 million, about half from the Commonwealth of Virginia, about half from its members, and literally gave the land to the National Park Service.

Virginia Tech Researchers Say Incarceration Like Infectious Disease

The Incarceration rate has nearly quadrupled since the United States declared war on drugs and along with it, racial disparities. Researchers at Virginia Tech say incarceration rates for black Americans are more than six times higher than those for whites…and there is lingering bias…but that does not explain the exponentially higher rates.  They say incarceration itself, is like an infectious disease. But they discovered something else.  The average sentence for a drug conviction for Whites is 14 months. For Blacks, 17 months, and that apparently has dramatic consequences.

Richmond Ballet Leaders In China on Cultural Program

Members of the Richmond Ballet are participating in an event to promote cultural understanding between America and China. The Richmond Ballet’s artistic director and managing director are attending a forum in Beijing today and tomorrow, part of the State Departments 2014 Cultural Pillar Delegation.

Manageing Director Brett Bonda says he believes that dance serves as a strong and meaningful language of mutual cultural exchange and respect.

The Richmond Ballet is planning to travel to  China next May, to perform in the 15th annual “Meet in Beijingn” Arts Festival in Beijing.

Study Finds We're Uncomfortable With Our Thoughts

A University of Virginia professor has just concluded 11 studies involving 800 people, most of whom did not like sitting alone with their thoughts. Yoga recommends it, the Grocery story blood pressure machine demands it, but UVA Psychologist Timothy Wilson says most people are not comfortable alone with their thoughts.

But he said he didn’t believe it was cellphones or the pace of modern life.

The studies involved mostly college students, but he added older people too, and the results were pretty much the same.

Unemployment Rises With Summer Job Seekers

Unemployment was up in the region in May, as graduates and school students began looking for jobs. Virginia numbers were up, and Richmond region numbers were up. Ann Lang, Senior Economist at the Virginia Employment Commission, says the rise in unemployment was expected with more people starting to seek jobs.

The Richmond metro area was ranked 20th among the nations 48 largest metropolitan areas terms of lowest unemployment.

Dominion Warns Customers Of Criminals Posing As Company Employees To Gain Access

Dominion Virginia power is warning its customers that some criminals posing as Dominion employees are knocking of people’s doors and posing as utility workers to gain access. So far, it has happened mostly in Northern Virginia, but Dominion has issued this warning, just in case it happens to you.

Daisey Pridgen from Dominion Virginia Power says if you feel threatened, call 911 immediately. If you want to verify that the employee is legitimate you can call the company at 1-866-DOM-HELP.

Former Hanover Minister Sentenced In Embezzlement

A former Hanover County youth minister, caught up in a sexual blackmail scheme, has been sentenced to five years in prison. Fifty-one year old Chris Allen Phillips was sentenced to five years, with four and a half suspended, and ordered to repay more than 87 thousand dollars he embezzled from the Mechanicsville Advent Christian Church where he was youth minister.

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