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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

DARS To Honor Seven Businesses For Hiring Disabled

Seven regional business will be honored tomorrow (10/28) for their efforts to hire workers with disabilities.

One of the businesses is a government contractor at Ft. Lee that provides lawn maintenance. Jamie Harold was a volunteer firefighter, who lost his right leg and most of the use of his right arm in an accident, on the way to help victims of a tornado in 1999. He found work with a company called Snookum that hires people with disabilities.

Hanover Supervisors Might Reconsider Rejection Of Summer Duck Farm Development

Hanover County Supervisors may revisit a proposed 68-home development that was voted down earlier this week. The vote was 4-3 against the proposed development at Summer Duck Farm and Atlee Station Road, but supervisor Elton Wade said he wants to change his vote and has asked the matter be brought up at the next Board meeting. He said he erred in his vote, but he didn’t said what changed his mind.

Fairfax Judge Issues Bench Warrant For Jesse Matthew In Fairfax Sexual Assault

A judge in Fairfax County has issued a bench warrant to bring the man accused of abducting a missing University of  Virginia student to Fairfax to face charges in another crime. Jesse Matthew is currently being held in Charlottesville of charges of kidnapping UVA student Hannah Graham.

Deer Mating Season Means Danger To Motorists

It’s deer mating season and motorists are being urged to stay focused and alert as it creates a deadly road hazard in Virginia. Triple A MidAtlantic says thousands of deer related crashes take place across the state every year, resulting in fatalities, injuries and costly vehicle damage, and more than half of them take place between October and December.

It is deer mating season and they are as likely as not to bolt across a highway, oblivious to oncoming traffic.

Unemployment Flat At 5.5%, Workforce Continues To Shrink

Virginia’s unemployment stood at 5.5% in September. The unemployment rate has been trending up slightly for the past five months. Ann Lang, Senior Economist at the Virginia Employment Commission says the figures are relatively flat and there are indications some people have given up looking for jobs.

The labor force contracted by almost 12,000 in September, and she says Virginia is continuing to feel the effects of federal government spending cuts.

Top Questions This Week From Virginia Department Of Health Ebola Hotline

From the WCVE Newsroom, I’m Charles Fishburne.  Time Magazine is calling it Ebola  Hysteria, the CDC points out 1,532 Americans died of ordinary flu in 2011.  But Virginians are concerned, and this week, the Department of Health has opened a 24 hour hotline to answer questions at 877-275-8343.

Charlottesvile Suspect Indicted in 2005 Fairfax Rape Case

The suspect in the disappearance of a UVa student was charged yesterday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C. in 2005. The indictment against Jesse Matthew, Jr, was handed up by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax, and includes a charge of attempted capital murder.

Police say in September of 2005, a 26-year-old woman, walking home from a grocery store about 10:00 p.m. was grabbed from behind, dragged into a wooded area and sexually assaulted. The man fled when he was startled by a passerby. The woman survived.

Nurse Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder, Malicious Wounding

A longtime nurse and mother of three has been convicted of second-degree murder charges as the result of a deadly confrontation in a parking lot. Thirty-one year old Jodi Hope will be sentenced today (10/21) by the same all-woman jury that convicted her the night before of second-degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding and two firearms charges.

State Council of Higher Education Moves To Facilitate Distant Learning For Online Courses

Virginia higher education officials are making it easier for students to take online classes and for universities to offer them. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia announced the joining of a multi-state reciprocity agreement yesterday that deals with authorization and payment for distance learning education. Colleges and universities that offer distance learning to students in other states were previously required to seek authorization from those states in a process that was both costly and complex.