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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

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Begin To Appear in Richmond’s “Food Desert”

There are thousands of people in Richmond who have no easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but there is a major effort underway to change that.

Song’s Market is a typical inner city convenience store that sells mostly beer, soda, chips and cigarettes. But in a collaboration with Tricycle Gardens, it also sells fresh fruits and vegetables, and yesterday (9/1), was having a free tasting of some healthy food.

Sequoia Ross is Coordinator of the Corner Farm Initiative, handing out samples and promoting healthful eating.

McCauliffe Adminstration Says Voting And Civil Rights Restored For Ten Thousand Ex-Offenders

Governor McCauliffe says his administration has restored the voting and civil rights of more than 10,000 Virginians with criminal records. 

The Governor said yesterday (8/31) that more Virginians have had their rights restored under his watch than under any other governor in a four-year term.

Staples Mill Amtrak Station Cited For Violating Americans With Disabilities Act

Richmond’s Staples Mill Amtrak Station has been cited for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The action comes three months after an investigation by the US Department of Justice found Amtrak had violated the ADA across the country by failing to make train stations accessible to people with disabilities and ordered the rail system to remedy the violations.

The Staples Mill station was cited after Gary Talley could not hear his name called over the loudspeaker and filed a complaint.

Deadline is Today For General Assembly To Redraw 3rd District

Today (9/1) is the deadline for the  General Assembly to redraw Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District with no signs that is going to happen.

Democrats walked out, rather than leave it to a Republican-controlled General Assembly to redraw the lines and left it to the court, which ruled the 3rd District lines were unconstitutional, and ordered the General Assembly to fix it. The  August 17th special session did not.

Nothing has happened between then, and now the deadline for the General Assembly to act has passed.

ACLU Suit Against Storage of Data From License Plate Readers Will Proceed

A Fairfax County judge has declined to throw out a lawsuit challenging the data collected through the use of license-plate readers.

The ACLU will have its day in court on this one. They sued, claiming that keeping a database of such information amounts to an illegal invasion of privacy of law-abiding citizens and that it should be done only for a criminal investigation.

Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s Bid For Freedom on Appeal at Critical Juncture

Former Governor Bob McDonnell could hear as early as this week whether he will be allowed to remain free on bail pending his appeal. 

Both his lawyers…and the US solicitor general presented their case last week as McDonnel fought to remain free while he appeals his 11 corruption convictions. 

Montgomery County Judge Rules Developers Can Survey Without Owner’s Permission

A Montgomery County judge says a pipeline developer can survey private property without the owner’s permission.

The Roanoke Times reports Mountain Valley Pipeline may have access to property for surveys under the Virginia constitution.

Circuit Court Judge James Turk ruled in a case brought against Mountain Valley pipeline by eight property owners. Mountain Valley wants to build a 300 mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Pittsylvania County.

The Giles county case could have implications for lawsuits involving the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Medical Examiner Says Two Richmond Men Died of Gunshot Wounds To The Head

The State Medical Examiner says two Richmond men found dead late Monday (8/24) at a Henrico County apartment complex both died of gunshot wounds to the head.

The report was released late yesterday (8/26), and both deaths have now been ruled homicides. Henrico Police earlier identified the victims as 33-year old Titus Howard of Phaup Street in Richmond and 25-year old Larnell Logan, Jr., of Chamberlayne Avenue in Richmond.

VCU School of Dentistry Receives $2.4 Million Dollar Federal Grant To Improve Childhood Dentistry

It is low income children that statistically suffer the most, but ironically may have insurance while others do not.

VCU’s School of Dentistry has just received a $2.4 million dollar grant from the US Department of Health to change those numbers with new dental technology, including teledentistry and a new curriculum for dental students that emphasizes low income children have complex health care needs.

VCU dental students will learn about collaborative care and interprofessional education, and will expand their practice in the Richmond area, and beyond.