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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

“Bedford Boys” Memorial Set To Be Dedicated On 70th Anniversary of D-Day June 6th

A statue honoring “The Bedford Boys,” is being installed at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. The statue, called “Homage” is scheduled to be dedicated on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on June.

The Bedford Boys were 19 soldiers from Bedford who were killed that day, as the Allies invaded Normandy June 6th, 1944.

Congress established the memorial in Bedford because the little town proportionately had the nation’s severest losses that day. Bedford’s population at the time was 3200.

Richmond Area Unemployment Lowest Since 2008

The Richmond area’s jobless rate has declined to five percent…lowest since November, 2008. Richmond’s rate was 5% in April, down from 5.5% in March.

Virginia unemployment in April was 4.7% overall compared with 5.9% nationally.

Martinsville had the highest rate in April at 11.2%, Arlington County and the city of Falls Church the lowest at 3.2%.

Chesterfield County Still Wrestles With New Public Prayer Policy

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has not yet reached a decision on public prayer policy at its government meetings. The county board began its regular meeting yesterday with a prayer as usual, but has no new policy yet as the result of a recent Supreme Court Decision, and a letter from the ACLU, demanding a change.

However, religious leaders will apparently no longer be advised to keep prayers genetic and nonsectarian. One question is whether representatives outside traditional monotheistic religions will be allowed.

Richmond Teen Pregnancy Has Dropped 50% In Five Years

Richmond’s Teen Pregnancy rates, traditionally one among the highest in the state, has dropped dramatically in the past five years.  It is happening all over the country, but Richmond had a greater challenge than most.Gayle Grant is the Adolescent Health Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health in the Ricmond District and she helped to launch a program they call Helping Youth Prevent Pregnancy. The numbers are down across the nation, as more young people delay sexual activity while those who do are using contraceptives.

Philip Morris To Invest $50 Million In Chesterfield County Warehouse Project

Philip Morris plans to lease four buildings totaling one million square feet off Bermuda Hundred Road in the Meadowville area of Chesterfield County. Philip Morris will lease the warehouse complex on 118 acres in Chester, to store raw materials used in making its tobacco products.

State Police Say Eight People Died In Traffic Accidents Over Memorial Day Holiday

Virginia State Police say eight people died in Virginia traffic accidents over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. The accidents occurred in Hanover, Charles City, Brunswick, Cumberland, Giles, Northumberland, Scott and Spotsylvania Counties. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says seven of the eight were not wearing seatbelts.  This compares 11 fatalies in 2012 and nine last year.  State police investigated 463 traffic accidents over the weekend, stopped more than 13,800 speeders, 3100 reckless drivers and arrested 142 on drunken driving charges

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Named Critical Conservation Area

The Chesapeake Bay watershed is among eight areas in the nation being designated critical conservation areas. The Bay’s designation as a critical conservation area comes from the United States Department of Agriculture.

It means, among other things, that the bay is eligible to receive a portion of more than 100 million dollars in annual funding to help implement a variety of conservation projects, and to increase the sustainability of regional water, soil, wildlife and natural resources.

Lawyers of Military Spouses From Other States May Now Practice Here Without Bar Exam

Beginning July 1, laywers who relocate to Virginia with their military spouses will be allowed to practice here without passing the state bar exam. The Virginia Supreme Court adopted the rule this month. It applies to lawyers whose spouses receive military orders to Virginia or the Washington DC region, so long as they work under the supervision of a Virginia lawyer…and they must also have passed a bar exam and be an active member of the bar in good standing in at least one other state.

Chesterfield County To Revise Prayer In Public Meetings Policy

Chesterfield County is about to revise its prayers at public meetings policy…again…in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision and a letter from the ACLU. The letter says Chesterfield’s prayer policy is unconstitutional. Chesterfield last revised its policy after a Wiccan took them to court for refusing to invite her, and will have to do it again.

Amy Sheets, Spokesperson for the County, would not say what the new policy is, if there is one yet, or whether it will be in place when the board meets next week. The ACLU is suggesting a moment of silence.