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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

Finance Committee Chairman Warns Henrico Supervisors Of More Budget Cuts

The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee has told Henrico Suvisors to prepare for a period of austerity, “the likes of which we’ve not seen before.” Republican State Senator Walter Stosch met with the Henrico board and the county’s legislative delegation and said he did not want to be the bearer of bad news, but said cuts were coming as officials search for another 322 million dollars to close a projected budget gap.

VCU Massey Cancer Center Performs Next-Generation Genome Sequencing For Cancer Treatment

Two years ago, Donna Sarvis could barely breathe. The 48-year old wife and mother had two tumors in her lungs that chemo could not diminish. But Donna was referred to the VCU Massey Cancer Center for advanced genomic sequencing, a new treatment that precisely maps her disease and matches that profile with available treatments.

A New Page On Virginia's Tourism Website Is Helping To Connect Chinese Travelers To The State

A new page on Virginia’s tourism website is written in Chinese. is the new Chinese-language page to help travelers plan their next visit to Virginia. It provides Chinese travelers with access to itineraries and resources, including information about Virginia’s history, shopping opportunities, cultural experiences, outdoor activities and food.

Russian Man Alleged To Have Fought With Taliban Faces Terrorism Charges In Richmond

A Russian national captured by American and Afghan forces in 2009 while allegedly fighting with the Taliban appeared in federal court in Richmond yesterday to face terrorism and other charges. Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says it represents the Obama administration's latest attempt to show it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects.

His arraignment on 12 charges has been set for Friday morning.

Public Meetings On High Speed Rail Begin in Ashland

Ashland has had a love-hate relationship with the railroad since 1836. Tonight (11/5), there is a public meeting on a possible high-speed link that, like everything else, will run right through the town. Emily Stock is Manager of Rail Planning for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, which is holding the first of four public meetings tonight on a proposed high-speed rail segment through central Virginia. Each should have received a notification by now, and everyone is invited to come and listen and comment.

VCU and UVA Medical Centers Prepare To Treat Virginia Ebola Cases, Should They Occur

In a voluntary agreement announced yesterday (11/4), the two hospitals signed on to a plan to treat any Ebola case that occurs in Virginia and cannot be transferred to a national biocontainment facility like Emory University Hospital or the National Institutes of Health. Both VCU and UVA are teaching hospitals with experts in infectious disease control and epidemiology.

Virginia Tech Professor Says Political Ideology is Heritable And Revealed By Brain Scan While Looking At Disgusting Pictures

As voters go to the polls today, a Virginia Tech professor says we are hard-wired to be either liberal or conservatives in our genes, and he has a test to show which one. He does it by showing people graphic pictures of dead things and dirty kitchen sinks, and scanning their brains with an MRI in the process.

Virginia Gas Prices Continue To Decline

Triple A Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $2.77 on Sunday (11/2). That's 6¢ less per gallon compared to the previous week and 34¢ less compared with the same week a year ago.

Average prices range from $2.66 per gallon in Richmond to $2.84 in Charlottesville. Motorists in the Norfolk area are paying on average $2.80 per gallon. Nationally, gas prices average $2.99 this week, first time that has been below three dollars since 2010.

Final Wason Poll Gives Warner 51% to 44% Lead Over Gillespie

Republican Ed Gillespie continues to close the gap in his race against Democratic Senator Mark Warner but the final Wason poll released this morning (10/31) indicates it won’t be enough. Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Poll says the negative ads, from both sides, have not changed anybody’s mind, but might suppress voter turnout, and that could be a factor.

The final Wason poll was conducted October 23-29th among 819 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9%.