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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

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Says Cleanup Efforts Will Yield $130 Billion Per Year in Benefits

A report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the benefits of cleaning up the bay are four-times greater than the cost. In this first-time-ever study, financed by the foundation, bay cleanup will bring in 130 billion a year in economic benefits when the effort is fully funded.

Ann Jennings, Ex Director of the Virginia Chesdapeake Bay Foundation, says the General Assembly needs to fund 50 million per year for cleanup of municipal wastes and another 50 million for farmers to help pay for cleanup projects and concedes money is tight, but the payoff is worth it.

Navy Tests Self-Guided Boats To Protect Ships

The Navy says self-guided boats that are capable of swarming and destroying potential threats are becoming a reality. It is the nautical equivalent of aircraft drones and the tests are conducted in the James River in Southeast Virginia. The Navy says it has successfully demonstrated the autonomous swarm boat technology, with as many as 13 unmanned Navy boats escorting a high-value Navy ship, with some of those automatically swarming around a simulated threat.

Richmond Ranked 17th in the Nation in Charitable Giving Among Top 50 Metro Areas

A report just released by the Chronical of Philanthropy says America’s poor and middle-income people are giving a larger share of their incomes to charity, while the wealthiest are giving less. Richmond ranked 17th among the nation’s 50th largest metro areas at 3%, compared to number one ranked Salt Lake City at 5.4%.

Two Weeks To Register For Next Month’s General Election

Virginians have less than two weeks remaining to register to vote in next month’s general election. The deadline to register is October 14th.

he November 4th ballot features the US Senate race between Senator Mark Warner, and Republican Ed Gillespie, some local and congressional races, including the highly visible 7th district race between Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammel and Libertarian James Carr to replace Eric Cantor in the House.

VSU Students Rally, Protest Budget Cuts, Ask for Resignation Of Top Administrators

Hundreds of Virginia State students rallied on campus yesterday, calling for the resignation of the university’s top administrators as the school faces budget cuts and declining enrollments. The students said they knew classes were larger, programs cut, and dorms closed, but were unaware of the depth of the school’s financial problems until last week’s board meeting when administrators detailed a 19 million dollar budget reduction.

US Supreme Court Could Decide Whether Or Not To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases This Week

The United States Supreme Court could decide as early as this week whether to step in and decide gay marriage cases this term. The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples, including those in Virginia, would be for the Supreme Court to decline to get involved in the issue right now.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack In Richmond To Annouce New Federal Grants

The federal government is making more money available for projects to help low-income families buy more fruits, vegetables and more healthy food. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack joined first lady Dorothy McAuliffe and local farmers at the Virginia State Fair yesterday to announce a total of 52 million in support of the organic industry and local and regional food systems, with most of the money authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Cigarette Makers Challenge “Corrective Statements” Ruling

The nation's largest tobacco companies are challenging court-ordered advertisements requiring the cigarette makers to say they lied about the dangers of smoking. A federal judge had ordered the industry to pay for so-called corrective statements in advertisements in newspapers and on TV, websites and cigarette pack inserts. The companies involved  include Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., owner of the biggest U.S. tobacco company, Philip Morris USA; No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds , and No. 3  Lorillard Inc.

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