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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

UVA’s Demographic Research Group Tracks Out-migration

For the first time since the Census Bureau has kept records, more people are moving out of Virginia than they are coming in.

The University of Virginia’s Demographic Research Group has compiled the figures from the Census Bureau. “Virginia grew by a little over 44,000, which is the smallest gain since the 1970’s,” said Hamilton Lombard, co-author of the report.

Fourth Circuit Court Hears Appeal Involving Treatment of Death Row Inmates

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments that Virginia’s death row inmates are being held in dehumanizing conditions and to reinstate a lawsuit to stop it.

The Rutherford Institute and the ACLU says the Department of Corrections has side-stepped court-ordered legal obligations dealing with how death row inmates are to be treated.

“They are put in small cells, with bad lighting, 23-hours a day.”

John Whitehead is President of the Rutherford Institute

Virginia Coal Production “Not Likely To Come Back…”

With President Trump’s moves torestrict the EPA and a promise to unravel the Obama-era Clean Power Act, some coal communities were hopeful lost jobs will return. But that may be optimistic.

Experts say technology and market forces more than anything else, including clean air laws have decimated the coal industry.

"1992 we seen a production of about 42 million tons…”

Butch Lambert, Deputy Director with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy says production has dropped to 13 million.

Virginia Unemployment Drops First Time in Four Months

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1% in December, after increasing for the past four months.

Ann Lang, Senior Economist at the Virginia Employment Commission, says it is a move in the right direction.

The labor force expanded for the fifth consecutive month setting a new record high, and household employment also expanded for the fourth consecutive month, also setting a record high.

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas State of the County Address

Henrico County business leaders got a “State of the County” assessment this morning (1/23) from their top government official, County Manager John Vithoulkas.

Entering 2017, Henrico has a tax rate that has not gone up in 37 years and a bond rating second to none. “We are a Triple, Triple A locality. Your county’s bond rating is now higher than that of the United States of America, and has been for years,” said Vithoulkas.

State Tourist Center To Become First Tenant of Main Street Station Train Shed Project

Richmond’s newly-renovated Main Street Station train shed will become home to the state’s Tourist Welcome Center this summer, making it the first tenant.

The Tourist Center will move from the Bell Tower on Capitol Square to the newly-renovated train shed behind Main Street Station when it opens this summer in what city officials hope will ultimately become a transportation hub, a mall and a tourist attraction.

Virginia Department of Education Looking For Partners To Share $11 Million in Workforce Literacy Funds

The Virginia Department of Education is looking for partners to share in an $11 million dollar literacy and workforce development grant designed to retrain thousands of Virginians and have set a conference for Tuesday (1/24), to explain how it works.

It is about finding and training workers for new jobs in the Commonwealth.

Washington Prepares for Inauguration Traffic

Washington D.C. is preparing for an inauguration, and Virginia is preparing for massive traffic congestion approaching the capitol city.

Getting into the city Friday (1/20) will be difficult. Corrinne Geller, of the Virginia State Police, suggests going to VDOT’s 511 website for real-time traffic information, even downloading the 511 app.

Union Station will be open throughout, but getting in and out could be problematic.