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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

VCU Volunteers Assemble “After Care Kits” For Victims of Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

VCU  student volunteers tonight (3/24) are assembling 355 “after care kits” that contain items such as clothing and toiletries to meet the immediate physical and emotional needs of survivors of child abuse, domestic violence or sexual assault.

There are volunteers gathering at VCU’s student commons who are helping to put together after care kits including things like a change of clothes, toiletries, a toothbrush, and for a child, perhaps a teddy bear.

Science Matters: James River Association Taking Student Applications For “Floating Classroom” On The James

The James River Association is looking for a few adventurous students for its 5th annual Floating Classroom, and the deadline is just a few days away.

The James River Association and the Dominion Foundation developed the idea five years ago.

They are taking applications from 10th and 11th grade students from any school in the entire watershed, for what amounts to 8 days on the water, camping at night along the riverbed.

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s Presidential Announcement At Liberty University

Senator Ted Cruz is set to announce his candidacy for president at the world’s largest Christian University this morning (3/23).

Actually, the Texas Republican apparently couldn’t wait for morning and announced his candidacy on Twitter just after midnight, several hours before the official launch at the college this morning in Lynchburg.  

His choice of Liberty University indicates he plans an aggressive courtship of cultural conservatives and young voters.

Charlottesville Police Set News Conference On UVA Rape Investigation

Charlottesville police plan to release the findings of an investigation prompted by the Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang rape on campus.

The police department has a news conference scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (3/23), to share their findings regarding the November 2014 article in Rolling Stone magazine that alleged a gang rape at a fraternity house in 2012.

Science Matters: Student Experiments To Blast Off From Wallops Island Flight Facility This Week

A rocket carrying student experiments is scheduled to be launched this week from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. 

NASA says the experiments were developed by undergraduates at Virginia Tech and four other universities.

The experiments will examine technology development, microgravity science and the search for life in the upper atmosphere and near space during the suborbital mission, which will reach an altitude of nearly 94 nautical miles.

Some Legislators Ask Whether ABC Agents Should Have Police Power

A UVA student who was bloodied by an arrest by a state ABC agent says he kept wondering how such a thing could happen.

Martese Johnson appeared at a news conference last night (3/19), with his attorney and ten stitches in his head and asked, in a written statement, “how could this happen? I trust the scars will one day heal, but the trauma of what the officers did will stay with me forever.”

SELC Sues Dominion Over Alleged Pollution

The Southern Environmental Law Center is suing Dominion Virginia Power, claiming that a former Chesapeake Power plant is polluting groundwater.

The lawsuit says coal ash ponds at the site of the now-closed plant are leaking arsenic and other chemicals into the Southern branch of the Elizabeth River and groundwater and alleges violations of the Clean Water Act. Nearly 975 thousand tons of coal ash is stored at the site.

A plan to cap and cover the ash ponds is currently being reviewed by the State Department of Environmental Quality.

Richmond Peace Education Center's 2015 Peace Essay Contest and Last Year's Winner

The Richmond Peace Center is again seeking students to enter its annual essay contest.  The young winners provide lessons for all of us.

Sive Howell was 12 years old when she wrote about a young Pakistani girl her age who defied the Taliban for her right to go to school. (Aired March 12 at 5:32 pm.)

Date With Dad Weekend Includes City Inmates

This weekend, a group of city girls have a special date with their dads…in jail…for a “father daughter dance,” jointly sponsored by the Richmond Health District’s Family and Fatherhood Initiative and Camp Diva, which began the tradition.

For the past 8 years, hundreds of Richmond area fathers and daughters have enjoyed a special evening of dancing and entertainment, some of them in jail.

Chesterfield County Administrator On Medical Leave

Chesterfield County Administrator Jay Stegmaier is on medical leave for several weeks because of undisclosed health issues. Sixty-one year old Jay Stegmaier has been administrator since 2007.

County officials would not disclose his illness, citing privacy concerns, but Board Chairman Steve Elswick says he expects he will return soon.

Stegmaier was successfully treated for cancer in his lymph system when he was 20, but told the Times-Dispatch during an interview in 1997 it helped him shape how he dealt with problems.