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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

Virginia’s New Secretary of Trade and Commerce Looks to International Trade For Future Growth

Virginia’s newly-named Secretary of Commerce and Trade is already planning to accompany Governor McAuliffe on three trade missions this summer as the administration works towards a new Virginia economy.

Governor McAuliffe says he is the most travelled-governor in the nation internationally, and his new Secretary of Commerce and Trade apparently will be a key player in future trade missions.

Todd Haymore says the state’s future economic growth is tied to international business.

Federal Judge Orders Gloucester School System to Let Transgender Student Use Boys’ Restroom

A Federal Judge has ordered the Gloucester school system to let a transgender student use the boys’ restroom in a case that could have national implications. U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar yesterday (6/23) ordered the county school system to give Gavin Grimm the use of the boys' restroom, even as his lawsuit against the school board works its way through the court system.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor the University of Richmond, says it could set a national precedent, and is binding in school systems overseen by the Fourth Circuit for the moment.

Boating Safety Top Priority This Weekend

This weekend begins a summer season of boating for thousands of Virginians, and enforcement will be stepped up to promote water safety.

There have already been twelve boating fatalities this early in the season.

Lee Walker at the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says enforcement will be stepped up this weekend. And he says, there are other boating distractions.

Two New Federal Grants Will Aid Children With Disabilities

Governor Terry McAuliffee has announced two federal grants that will improve services and support for early intervention for children with disabilities.

Early childhood disabilities can affect any family. Heidi Lawyer is Executive Director of the Virginia Board for People With Disabilities. She says early intervention and followup is critical.

North Carolina Voting Restrictions Before Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals

The Richmond-based Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday (6/22) questioned whether it has time before the November presidential contest to overhaul North Carolina voting rules that civil rights groups say discriminate against minority voters.

Opponents of the law, including the Obama administration, want the court to reverse a ruling this Spring that upheld the state’s law eliminating same-day voting registration, rolling back of a week of early voting and ending out-of-precinct voting.

Clinton VP Prospects Said To Include Senator Tim Kaine

CNN reports today (6/21) that Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton likely has narrowed her vice presidential choice to a handful of possibilities and once again, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is said to be on the list.

Today, CNN says Clinton is secretive, but has devoted hours studying the records of Tim Kaine, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and HUD Secretary Julian Castro of Texas.

Asked about his prospects again today, Kaine smiled and winked as he stepped into an elevator at the Capitol.

Ten Thousand Dominion Power Customers Still Without Service in Richmond Region

Ten thousand four hundred and four Dominion Virginia Power Customers were still without power this morning (6/20) at 7:00 a.m. in the Richmond tri-cities area and crews continue to work around the clock to restore it.

Most of the remaining outages this morning are in Henrico County. Dominion’s Le-Han Anderson says they expected to have everybody restored by tonight.

Two-hundred and fifty thousand customers lost power Thursday night, more than 160,000 of them were in the Richmond region.

New Agreement Protects Against Worker Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Virginia Employment Commission have just signed an agreement to help protect workers from “misclassification.” It’s called wage theft, and construction workers are near the top of the list, but there are many others.

VEC Commissioner Ellen Marie Hess says a Memorandum of Understanding just signed with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will allow them to share information on violations.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Celebrates 100 Years June 17th

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries celebrates 100 years tomorrow (6/17), the Virginia countryside could be quite different today without them.

It is hard to imagine, but even 100 years ago, Virginia wildlife was in danger. 100 years later, the department looks after those animals and the people who hunt and fish and go boating on Virginia waterways.