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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

Number Of Farms In Virginia Drops, But Farms Are Getting Larger

The number of Virginia farms dropped last year according to USDA statistics just released. 

Virginia lost 100 farms from 2013 to 2014, putting the overall number at 45,900 and there is a trend towards larger commercial operations.

There is still about 8.2 million acres of farmland in the state and the average farm is 179 acres.

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry with a $52 billion dollar economic impact annually and provides about 311,000 jobs.

Crude Oil Ticks Up, So Do Pump Prices

The cost of crude oil has hit a 2015 high and prices at the pump are slightly higher this week.

Triple A’s weekly report shows that the average prices for regular unleaded has inched up as global crude oil prices have rebounded slightly.

Nationally, the average at the end of last week as $2.43 a gallon. Virginia was $2.25, and Richmond $2.24. A year ago they were $3.46.

Triple A believes they will continue to wander lower after some adjustments for summer-grade switchovers and the usual increase in summer driving.

Survey Says 28% Of Virginians Don’t Have Access To Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

A survey just released at Virginia’s annual “Weight of the State” Conference says 28 percent of Virginians have difficulty finding fresh fruits and vegetables in their neighborhoods, and even when they do, they often don’t buy them.

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth surveyed 2700 locations in 169 communities to find out just how difficult it was to find healthy food, and the people doing the survey were teenagers most involved.

Science Matters: “Wicked Plants" Author at SMV

At the Science Museum of Virginia, Amy Steward’s exhibition has just opened, featuring plants that smell, plants that explode and plants that even kill.

Amy writes about other plants we want to avoid.

Virginia has a couple of dozen plants in her rogues gallery of wicked plants, some in your garden, some on your table, some in your house. From carnivorous plants to weeds that spontaneously combust, Amy brings to life unforgettable characters from the dark side with humor, and true life stories and a warning.

SCOVA Says Local Approval Required For Transmission Line Across the James

The Supreme Court of Virginia says Dominion Virginia Power will need local approval for a key element of its proposed transmission line across the James. 

The court said regulators did not err when they approved the path of the power line, but that local approval will be needed for a switching station in James City County, where supervisors have already opposed the project.

Opponents cheered the decision, but stopped short of saying it would kill the project and plan appearances Richmond today (4/17).

Hearing Continues In Case To Exonerate Two Of Norfolk 4

A hearing continues today (4/17) in  Richmond for two former sailors who claim they falsely confessed to a 1997 rape and murder. Two of the infamous “Norfolk 4” were in federal court to clear their names.

Yesterday (4/16), Danial Williams testified he falsely confessed after 11 hours of grueling interrogation, because he just wanted the questioning to end.

All four were convicted and sentenced to prison but the case began to unravel after dozens of former FBI agents, ex-prosecutors and novelist John Grisham claimed they were innocent.

Two Of “Norfolk Four” In Court Seeking Exoneration

A hearing is set in Richmond today (4/16) for two former sailors seeking exoneration for a 1997 rape and murder they say they did not commit. 

They are part of the “Norfolk 4” and a sordid story of rape and murder who long have claimed police coerced them into falsely confession.

The ex-sailors drew national attention when their innocence claims were backed by dozens of former FBI agents, ex-prosecutors, and novelist John Grisham.

Judge Grants Injunction But Says Sweet Briar Board Following Regulations

A Circuit Court judge in Bedford has refused to block Sweet Briar College from shutting itself down, but did issue a 60-day injuction to halt the process pending further legal action.

In a narrow ruling, Circuit Judge James Updike said the college's board of directors was following procedures outlined in Virginia regulations, but did give some relief to an alumnae group seeking an appeal.

Mass Rally For Public Education At The Capitol April 18

Virginia educators and parents will be rallying in Richmond Saturday to demand that Virginia legislators and elected leaders “Put Children First” and improve the state’s schools. 

Among the leaders of tomorrow’s rally is longtime Richmond kindergarten teacher Lola McDowell. McDowell says she taught for 47 years, and things have never been worse.

VEA President Meg Gruber and Virgina PTA President Brenda Sheridan have invited the entire state to join them in a day of  festivities for the Put Kids First Campaign.