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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

VCU Contemplates Three Percent Tuition Hike

Virginia Commonwealth University is contemplating a 3% hike in tuition and fees next year.

The Board of Visitors yesterday (3/31) considered a $538 million dollar instructional budget and ways to pay for it.

Options would increase tuition and mandatory fees by either $344 or $374 dollars for in-state students.

The money would go to increased faculty compension and student financial aid, with deferred maintenance at the higher rate. Under the proposals in-state students would pay up to $12,772.

ACLU Blasts Governor For Trying To “Gut” Bills To Limit Surveillance

The ACLU has blasted Governor McCauliffe for trying to amend legislation dealing with police use of drones.

The ACLU sent the Governor a letter yesterday (3/30), accusing him of trying to gut bills that would restrict the use of drones by police and limit data collection by automatic license plates readers.

The General Assembly passed several measures aimed at reigning in the power of police to carry out surveillance on civilians.

Amherst County Attorney Asks A Judge To Block Sweet Briar’s Closing

Amherst County’s Attorney is asking a judge to block the closing of Sweet Briar College and remove its president and board of directors.

The complaint says the closure is “not only precipitous and unwarranted, it is also unlawful,” and asked that a special fiduciary be appointed to take control of the college’s assets. 

Environmentals Converge At VMI for Annual Conference; Oil Train Derailments On Agenda

Hundreds of environmental leaders and activists are in Lexington today for an annual gathering at Virginia Military Institute. 

It is the 26thEnrivonmental Virginia Symposium, and the top item on the agenda this year is the train derailment and oil spill that occurred one year ago in the James River in Lynchburg.

Panelists will include Lynchburg’s mayor, officials with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and a representative of the James  River Association. 

Science Matters: UVA Doctors Using Computer Access To Reach Specialist More Quickly; They Say, “It’s All Good.”

The University of Virginia Health System is piloting a new program to speed patient’s access to specialists.

Perhaps you’ve been there.  You go to your family physician for a problem, he refers you to a specialist, the specialist can see you, let’s say June 18th at 3pm is the first availability.  Be sure to arrive 30 minutes early.  Well, UVA has a better idea.

Taste Buds Could Hold Key To Cell Regeneration

A University of Virginia Neuroscientist says our sense of taste could be a key to understand why we lose our hearing and eyesight and eventually, what to do about it.

Getting lunch is a bit simpler and safer than it was for cave men and women, who depended upon their sense of taste to keep them from eating something toxic.

Taste buds are often thought of as among the least important senses, but they have qualities that are unique.

Even more important are the olfactory senses that are part of the sense of taste.

Oil Prices Continued Low In March, Slight Uptick At The End

Gasoline prices broke a 40-day upward trend in March, but have started a slight uptick again.

Once again plentiful crude oil kept prices down during most of March, with the national average falling for 14 of the past 20 days. 

At the close of the week it was 2.42 nationally, 2.22 in Virginia and 2.24 in  Richmond, a dollar and ten cents less than this time last year. 

Charlottesville Defers To Albermarle County In Prosecution Of Jesse Matthew

One charge filed against Jesse Matthew, a suspect in the slaying of a UVA student, has been dropped in a procedural issue as prosecutors line up their case. 

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. appeared by way of a video feed into Charlottesville General District Court yesterday, as Charlottesville prosecutors dropped a charge of abduction with intent to defile, deferring to Albermarle County, where he has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 18-year old Hannah Graham and abduction with intent to defile.

Regulations Being Written To Govern Use Of Seclusion And Restraint In Schools

State education officials are developing regulations to limit the use of restraint and seclusion to discipline unruly students.

Governor McCauliffe signed into law legislation that requires the state board of education to develop statewide regulations governing the use of restraint. Critics say such techniques are almost always unnecessary, but lobbyists for school boards and principals had argued state regulation would allow them too little discretion.