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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

AP Inquiry Reveals Extent Of Rail Oil Shipments Passing Through Virginia

There are new revelations this morning on the number of heavily-laden oil trains passing through Virginia and the rest of the country.The Associated Press has obtained documents that indicate every week in Virginia, approximately 2 to 5 trains carrying one million gallons of oil or more, pass through twenty Virginia counties.

The routing of oil trains has become an issue of rising concern after a string of fiery accidents. Those include derailments in Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, New Brunswick and Quebec, where a runaway oil train crashed last July killing 47 people.

World’s Most Powerful Telescope Has Portal In Charlottesville

The world’s most powerful telescope,  built to help unlock the secrets of the universe is located high in the Chilean Mountains.  But its access to all of North America, begins in Charlottesville. After decades of planning and construction, the 1.3 billion dollar radio telescope is peering into secrets of the universe, never before seen. Charles Blue at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville has visited the site three times.

Racing Commission Threatens To Cancel 2014 Season

The Virginia Racing Commission yesterday (June 24) warned both sides it is ready to shut down the 2014 racing season at Colonial Downs if an agreement isn’t reached this week. The racing track and Virginia’s horseman have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract since the old one expired in January. A special meeting yesterday apparently brought them no closer and the commission rescinded a previous order that would have allowed 25 days of racing this year, contract or not.

Iraqi Fighting Sends Fuel Prices Higher

The Iraqi civil war has sent gasoline prices higher, and it could get worse. Virginia gasoline prices have inched up an average of three cents per gallon last week. Triple A MidAtlantic reports the average price in the state was 3.48 yesterday, up from 3.45 a week ago and seven cents higher than this time last year. Richmond is 3.43, up from 3.40 a week ago.

Green Roofs

The summer sizzle is once again raising awareness of a naturally, environmentally-friendly way to help keep cool and avoid major runoffs from drenching rains. Nestled into the riverbank along the James, is the VCU Rice Rivers Center, the state’s first Platinum-rated LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, whose crowning glory is a green roof.

Hanover Commission Approves Neighborhood Market

It appears Hanover County is about to get a new neighborhood Walmart market at Sliding Hill Roads and Charters Hill Court. The planning Commission has approved a rezoning request for a 42,000 square foot complex that includes a fueling center and a drive-through pharmacy. The layout plans and the developer are the same as a planned Walmart in Henrico, though the commission would not, or could not confirm it.