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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

VRS Earnings Down Slightly For Fiscal Year Ending June 30th

The Virginia Retirement System’s return on its investments was down slightly in the fiscal year that ended June 30th. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the retirement system, with more than $68 billion in assets, earned a 4.6% return on investment income. That is below the 7% annual return it relies upon to help fund state and local employee pensions.

Officials say it is just a temporary retreat and moreoever, this year’s General Assembly passed legislation to pump more money into the fund and improve the long-term outlook.

UVA Planetary Geologist on Team Assessing Pluto Fly-by

NASA says its New Horizons spacecraft will complete a historic flyby of Pluto today (7/14), making its closest pass over the small, icy world at 7:49 this morning. A UVA researcher is on the team assessing this first glimpse.

Alan Howard is a planetary geologist with a front-row seat to history in the making.

Howard is at the John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Columbia Maryland, where all the data will begin coming in later today.

Russian Taliban Fighter Must Face Trial In U.S.

A Russian man charged with leading a Taliban attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan has lost his bid to avoid trial in federal court in Virginia.

Fifty-five year old Irek Hamidullin’s lawyers say he was a prison of war and can’t be prosecuted as a criminal.

His lawyers say it is a first-of-a kind case, a foreign national taken off a battlefield and brought into a U.S. courtroom for trial, and is fundamentally unfair.

It is part of an unfolding legal battle over the rules of war as they apply, or do not apply, to worldwide terrorism.

Commonwealth To Give Away $850,000 To Bioscience and Energy Job Creators

The Commonwealth has $850,000 dollars it is giving away to four or more entrepreneurs building businesses in Virginia in the bioscience or energy sectors. It’s a contest, and deadline for entries is just two days away.

Secretary of Commerce & Trade Maurice Jones says the contest will award two $225,000 dollar first place prizes, two $175,000 dollar second place prizes and one honorable mention at $50,000. He says the judges are looking for young businesses with a plan.

Ft. Lee Mortuary United To Be Deployed to Southwest Asia

Ft. Lee is holding a deployment ceremony this afternoon for members of the US Army’s 54thQuartermaster Company.  

The detachment from Ft. Lee is being deployed to Southwest Asia.

The United States still has military deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with combat troops remaining in Afghanistan, and a few hundred now returning to Iraq. And some are still in harm’s way.  

McDonnell Supporters Seek Donations To Continue Appeals

Supporters of former Governor McDonnell have issued an urgent appeal for donations to his legal defense fund.

They say his lawyers will pursue the fight to overturn his convictions, after a three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld his convictions Friday (7/10)

A non-profit defense effort was set up in 2013, raised about $335,000 and spent $283,000 through the end of last year. 

Army Confirms It Will Cut 40,000 Troops, 400 From Virginia Bases

 The Army has confirmed that is plans to eliminate 40,000 active-duty soldiers, but the impact on Virginia bases will be minimal, only 400 of those 40,000 will come from Virginia bases.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s office says they will come from Ft. Eustis, Ft. Belvoir and Ft. Lee.

Ft. Lee, which has an average daily population of 34,000, will lose 127, as part of the decision to shrink the army from 490,000 active duty soldiers to 450,000.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Say They Will Fight To Keep Confederate Plates

The Sons of Confederate Veterans says they want to stop the state from removing the image of the confederate flag from Virginia license plates. 

Leaders of the Southern heritage group say they will go to U.S. District Court in Danville on July 31st to oppose the state’s bid to end an injunction that cleared the way 13 years ago for the flags to be displayed on speciality plates.

Kings Dominion To Close Shockwave Roller Coaster

Kings Dominion says it plans to retire its iconic Shockwave Roller Coaster. 

It is the oldest standup roller coaster in the nation, and Kings Dominion says 22 million people have taken this ride.

Riders stand with their feet on the floor, while the coaster travels to a height of 95 feet then descends into a 180 degree loop.

The ride was installed in 1986 and park officials say while it is bittersweet to say goodbye to the Shockwave, they have to make room for some new stuff which they will announce next month. The Shockwave will officially close August 9th.