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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

VUU Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Virginia Commonwealth University is set to conduct a celebration of its 150th anniversary.

Several ceremonies are set today (4/9) in Richmond. Governor McAuliffe will join the university faculty, staff and students at the site of Lumpkin’s jail in Shockoe Bottom where early classes were held.

A prayer ceremony will be held later at Ebenezer Baptist Church where the first classes were held for Hartshorn Memorial College, which merged with Virginia Union in 1932.

Afterward, a rededication march will head to Coburn hall on the Virginia Union Campus.

Richmond Jobless Rate Rises In February

Richmond’s jobless rate rose slightly in February, along with most of Virginia’s metropolitan areas.

The area’s jobless rate in February was 5.3% up from 5.1% in January, but down from 5.9% a year ago. 

Those are not seasonally adjusted rates. The labor force is up by 882 to just over 653,000 with gains in nine out of ten industry divisions.

Manufacturing was down 1%.

Unemployment rates increased in nine of Virginia’s ten metropolitan areas in February, only Blacksburg rates were lower.

Massey Center Offers Free Screenings for Head, Neck Cancers

The VCU Massey Cancer Center is offering free screenings next week for head and neck cancers. That sore throat or lump in your throat could be a sign you ought to go.

Fifty-eight year old Rose Pai though it was just an allergy. She had also smoked for 42 years and this time it wasn’t going away. Antibiotics didn’t work, so she went to an ENT specialist. She went to Massey Cancer Center and immediately began a course of chemo and radiation.

The free clinic takes about 15 minutes and involves a simple oral exam and is recommended for heavy smokers and drinkers.

Colonial Downs Lays Off Final 32 Employees

Colonial Downs has laid off its 32 remaining employees and will close all of its off-track betting operations.

It marks the end of a year-long fight between Colonial Downs, owner of the track in New Kent County and the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

Colonial Downs wanted fewer races with higher purses to reduce operating costs, the association wanted more races and a longer racing season, to balance their budgets.

Commemorations At Appomattox On The 150th Anniversary Of Lee’s Surrender

Pivotal battle scenes and scenic views near Appomattox Court House National Historic Park have been shielded from harm.

One hundred fifty years ago this week, Richmond and Petersburg fell to advancing Union troops and Confederate General Robert E. Lee retreated west, but lost another 8,000 troops before finally surrendering to Grant at what was then called Appomattox Court House in what was a turning point in the nation’s history.

Science Matters: Virginia Tech Demonstrates High-Tech Kitchen At Vegas Show

The Kitchen of the future, designed at Virginia Tech had its debut in Las Vegas recently, and it could be a blueprint for entire houses, smart houses, built in high tech factories for a new generation of homeowners.

Tech’s vision of tomorrow’s kitchen is like today’s smart phones, just touch a screen

UVA Fraternity Plans To Sue Rolling Stone

The UVA fraternity spotlighted in the now-discredited Rolling Stone article describing an alleged gang rape says it will take legal action against the magazine.

The action follows a report from Columbia University School of Journalism citing “rampant failures” in reporting and editing the story. Even so, successfully suing a publication is difficult.

In a statement, the Virginia Alpha Chapater of Phi Kappa Psi said it plans to take all available legal action against the magazine.

Pipeline Opponents Plan To Confront Governor With 5,000 Signatures

Opponents of a natural gas pipeline through Virginia are pressing Governor McAuliffe to join forces with them.

They plan to deliver more than 5,000 signatures to the Govenor today, demanding he rescind his support of the $5 billion dollar project, which he has enthusiastically termed a “game changer,” bringing jobs and tax revenues to the state, along with lower fuel costs.

NTSB Says Need Urgent To Replace Or Retrofit Oil Tank Cars

The National Transportation Safety Board says tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted or replaced to make them safe.

The report comes after a series of explosive accidents in recent months including a 17-car derailment in Lynchburg that dumped three tank cars in the James River.

The Board issued a series of recommendations calling for cars to be fitted with protective systems better able to withstand fire than the bare steel construction now widely used, and said the industry’s timetable for replacement would take too long.