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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

Henrico’s New Assistant School Superintendent Given National Honor

Henrico County’s newly-named assistant superintendent of  schools has just been named Superintendent of the Year for the entire country.

It is for her work at Isle of Wight Public Schools that Katrise Perera won the recognition from the National Association of School Superintendents.

The Association called her “an indomitable crusader leveraging teamwork to found a progressive, learning environment.”

Attorney General Herring Says Removal of Confederate Flag is Danville’s Call

Attorney General Mark Herring says the Confederate flag has no place on public property, but that it is up to Danville City Council to decide whether or not to remove it from a city museum. 

The flag still flies over the old Sutherlin Mansion, where Jefferson Davis got word of Lee’s defeat at Appomattox.

It’s a museum now and Danville City Council refuses to remove the flag, citing a state law that says local governing bodies cannot change or interfere with a designated historical site.

Trucker Charged In Death of Two Motorcyclist After Veering Off Road

Authorities say a truck driver was in court yesterday (7/20) and faces charges after his 18-wheeler hit a group of motorcyclists parked along I-85 in Greensboro, killing two.

One of them was 51-year old Kenneth Jefferson of Chesterfield County. He was with a group of five motorcyclists working out a mechanical issue on the side of the road, when the tractor trailer veered off the interstate and barreled into them.

One rider died at the scene, Jefferson was transported to a hospital and died later.

Warehouse Wall in Henrico Collapses

Henrico Fire officials say part of a warehouse wall collapsed last night (7/20).

It happened about 7:45 p.m. in the 5800 block of South Laburnam Avenue, where a portion of  a masonry veneer side wall attached to structural steel collapsed.

The building was not occupied at the time.

Officials say all utilities, including gas, power and water have been secured, and an investigation is underway to determine how it happened.

College Enrollment In Virginia Expected To Increase 7% By 2021

Colleges and Universities in Virginia expect enrollment to increase by more than 7% by 2021.

The State Council of Higher Education will get those preliminary numbers at its regular meeting tomorrow (7/21), and Director Peter Blake says the projects serve as benchmarks to ensure Virginia stays on track.

The report says public and private institutions expect to enroll about 475,000 undergraduates in 2021. Last year’s total was about 442,000.

Confederate Flag Comes Down At Norfolk Naval Shipyard

A Confederate flag has been quietly taken down from outside the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

It happened over the weekend, without ceremony. The flag has flown over the shipyard in Portsmouth since 1967, alongside an American flag, a British flag and the flag of Virginia.

A spokesperson said the flags had marked the shipyard’s 248 year history, but times change.

Sunday (7/19), there were still four flags flying, but they were all American.

Newport News Police Chief To Update Fatal Police Shooting Incident July 4th

Police in Newport News have scheduled a news conference today (7/15) to update investigations into a deadly 4th of July shooting of a city man by a police officer.

Police Chief Richard Myers will meet with reporters this morning, two days after services for Kawanza Beaty, a 23-year old Newport News man who was fatally shot by police after they say he failed to obey commands to drop a sawed-off shotgun.

Myers is expected to update both a criminal and an internal investigation into the incident.

Protests Continue Over Confederate Symbols

Protests over confederate symbols continued yesterday (7/15), in Danville and Portsmouth.

In Portsmouth, tensions were high as protestors demanded removal of a confederate monument downtown, with one councilman calling the civil war an act of domestic terrorism, and the monument an affront.

The City attorney said removing a monument would be costly and require a change in state law. Some protestors were ejected.

Meanwhile, in Danville, there was a two-hour protest over a confederate flag flying over the Sutherlin mansion, now a museum.