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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

Dominion Warns of Disruptions Without Line

Dominion Virginia Power is warning that some of its customers could face power interruptions if it is not allowed to build a controversial transmission line over the James.

Dominion says nearly 300 thousand Tidewater customers could be at risk of brownouts or rolling blackouts and has sent them letters about it this month.

Dominion has proposed power lines that would tower over the James within site of Jamestown Island, which was settled 400 years ago, and some historians and conservationists find fault with that.

Former Richmond Mayor Young To Run For Morrisey's Seat

Former Richmond Mayor and ex-convict Leonidas Young says he will announce his candidacy today to replace Joe Morrisey in the House of Delegates.

Apparently, it is with Morrisey’s blessings. 

Young says Morrisey has supported his efforts to return to public office, and in fact, his announcement will take place at Morrisey’s law office. 

SMV Dome Restoration Is Complete

The last of the scaffolding is coming down as the Science Museum of Virginia prepares to reopen its historic Rotunda Dome, which has been closed for weeks for renovation.

The Dome was almost blown up after trains stopped running at what was then Broad Street Station in the 1970’s. But it was preserved, transformed into the Science Museum of Virginia, and now the Dome is ready for a new generation of visitors and admirers.

Smithsonian Brings Exhibition to Chesterfield

The Chesterfield County Public Library has scored a coup, bringing a traveling Smithsonian Exhibition to town entitled “Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?” It promises to be both fascinating and provocative.

Beginning March 31st, the Chesterfield Library will play host to a display of critters going back six million years and extensive research into the evolution of how we got from there to here.

Pipeline Opponents Launch Media Campaign

Opponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline have launched a media campaign to enlist more allies in their fight.

The “All Pain, No Gain,” campaigned delivered that message in paid media spots in central and western Virginia yesterday. 

The campaign says all Virginian’s have a stake in the ultimate path of the 42 inch Atlantic Coast Pipeline because it would carve up private property and scenic vistas and threaten water supplies. 

Morrisey Present At Birth Of Former Receptionist’s Baby Boy

A young woman at the center of two criminal cases involving Delegate Joe Morrisey has given birth to a baby boy. 

Morrisey confirmed the birth of a seven pound, eight ounce boy at a hospital in Georgia, to Myrna Pride, that he was present, and that as he put it, “she is absolutely thrilled, and I am, too.” Beyond that he had no comment.

Morrisey was convicted in September 2014 in connection with his relationship with the then 17 year-old office receptionists, but both denied it was sexual.

Small Earthquake Hits Louisa County

Residents of Louisa County felt a small earthquake early Sunday morning (3/15).

The 2.8 magnitude quake occurred at 3:02 am, with the epicenter about six miles South of Louisa, only about a mile away from the epicenter of the earthquake in 2011 that caused $300 million dollars in damage, and was felt up and down the east coast .

There were no reports of injuries or damages due to Sunday’s quake and the Sheriff’s Department reported only a handful of calls.

Lumber Liquidators Offers Free Floor Tests For Concerned Customers

Lumber Liquidators said yesterday (3/12) it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to  help ease concerns.

The Toano-based company addressed concerns raised by a “60-Minutes” report that said their laminate flooring made in China contained high levels of formaldehyde.

In the nine days following the report, company officials say sales fell nearly 13% but are returning to normal, and shares plunged 50% to less than $30 dollars last week, but climbed back to $36.08 at the close yesterday.

Report Says Raising Legal Age to Buy Cigarettes Would Save Hundreds Of Thousands Of Lives

A federal report says raising the legal age to buy tobacco products to higher than 18 would likely prevent premature deaths for hundreds of thousands of people. The FDA currently does not have that power.

They convened a special panel to see what would happen if the minimum age were raised to 21, and the Institute of Medicine’s report said the age smokers start using tobacco is critical, and that at 19, smoking prevalence would drop by 3%, at 21, 12%, and at 25, 16% by the year 2100.