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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

Science Matters: Green Roofs

Nestled into the riverbank along the James is the VCU Rice Rivers Center, the state’s first Platinum-rated LEEDS building, whose crowning glory is a green roof. Part of the roof is literally growing plants to help control rainwater runoff, insulate the building and blend with the environment.

Green roofs are not new, sod roofs in Scandinavia have been around for centuries and the Europeans have traditionally been ahead of Americans. But a Virginia Tech Professor recently shared some new information about them, at an international gathering in Germany.

Loaded Handgun Confiscated At Richmond International Airport

A Chesterfield County man has been cited for attempting to bring a loaded handgun past a security checkpoint at Richmond International Airport. The weapon was a .357 caliber handgun with five rounds. The Transportation Security Administration says officers stopped the man from bringing the weapon past an airport security checkpoint. They say an x-ray machine detected the handgun inside the travelers carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. Richmond International Airport Police cited the Chesterfield County man on a weapons charge. They did not release his name.

Suntrust Reaches Settlement Over Risky Loans

SunTrust has reached a nearly one billion dollar settlement with the government to resolve allegations it underwrote and provided risky mortgage loans. The Justice Department announced yesterday the 968 million dollar deal with SunTrust Mortgage, a Virginia-based lender and subsidiary of SunTrust Banks. As part of the deal, SunTrust has agreed to provide 500 million dollars in homeowner relief and 418 million to resolve allegations that it underwrote bad loans.

David Brat Begins Campaign in Midlothian

GOP Congressional nominee David Brat says he will run a campaign of economic prosperity for Virginians in his first public statement since the primary. He doesn’t have enough phones, he needs computers, but his shockingly unexpected journey to the November general elections moved ahead yesterday, a week after he beat Eric Cantor by 11 percentage points in the Republican primary.  Brat spoke briefly with reporters on his way to a Rotary Club breakfast in Midlothian, which was closed to the press.

Republicans Want To Hire Own Attorney To Represent State In Same Sex Marriage Case

Virginia House Republicans have introduced legislation that would allow them to hire lawyers to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban in court. Attorney General Mark Herring won’t do it, so House Republicans have simply decided to go over his head and send someone else.

Virginia To Launch Improved Alzheimer’s Website

Virginia is revamping its Alzheimer’s initiative website to provide more information to patients, physicians and caregivers. The improved website will be launched this summer and will include an Alzheimers database with information on everything from care giving to cognitive impairment. It will also give primary-care physicians access to lists of Alzheimer's specialists and clinics that can do memory assessments.

UVA Abandons Semester At Sea

The University of Virginia says it will end its academic sponsorship of the Semester at Sea Program by 2016.  In 2012, a UVA student died in a boating accident during the shipboard study, and the university says UVA and The Semester At Sea Program have mutually agreed to end the sponsorship. UVA has provided an academic dean and registrar for the three annual voyages.

Two years ago, a student died during a visit to the island of Dominica in a recreational boat accident. UVA says that trip was organized independently of Semester at Sea. UVA has been an academic sponsor since 2006.

Cantor Declines To Speculate On Loss

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor declined to speculate on why he lost the primnary election June 10 and conceded that his views on immigration, “can make a lot of people mad.” On a national TV program, the ousted Republican Congressman told CNN, “I really don’t think that there is any one reason for the outcome of the election, there are just a lot of things that go through voters’ minds when they go through the voting booth.” He conceded his views on immigration angered some members of both parties.

State Revenue Collections Down 21 Percent In May

Virginia’s revenue collections declined nearly 21% in May, making it the biggest one-month decline in 13 years. Collections were down in individual non-witholding income taxes, corporate incomes tax, and the taxes on wills, suits, deed and contracts. And, Governor McAuliffe said that like many other states that have income taxes, Virginia is now seeing declining revenues from capital gains. As for other sources of revenue, officials say collections of payroll withholding taxes fell 5.4% in May and sales and use taxes were off 1.6%.