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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

Virginia’s Jefferson Lab One of Top Two Candidates For Billion Dollar Atomic Collider

Hampton’s high-tech Jefferson Lab is one of two facilities now competing for a $1 billion dollar cutting edge atomic collider. The Nuclear Science Advisory Committee recommended yesterday (10/15) that the US Department of Energy build the electron ion collider. They say this could lead to massive technological advances and restore the country to the forefront of nuclear research.

It would also pump over $700 million dollars into the state’s economy and create 5,000 construction jobs.

Richmond Commonwealth Attorney Will Not Prosecute Police In Fatal Shooting

Richmond Commonwealth Attorney Michael Herring says he will not seek charges against Richmond police officers involved in a fatal shooting in August.

Twenty-year old Keshawn Hargrove was shot in a running gun battle with police, after they responded to reports of a man with a gun on Cary Street.

New Trail Gives Access To Midlothian Mine

The remarkable remains of the beginnings of America’s industrial might still stand tall deep in the woods in Chesterfield County.

Chesterfield County was the coal capitol of the country, shipping coal all over the colonies from mine shafts sometimes 700 feet deep.

Robert Peppy Jones used to walk all over this abandoned mine when he was a child and came to love the history and the stories of the miners. It was dangerous. The county is riddled with mine shafts and the state has spent years filling them in. But not this one.

About 1.5 Million Virginians Sign Up For Earthquake Drill Today

About 1.5 million Virginians are signed up for a multistate earthquake drill today (10/15).

Schools, businesses, government agencies and individuals are joining the Great South East Shake Out Drill this morning to guard against the next big one, like the Louisa quake of 2011.

But Martin Chapman, Director of the Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory, says there is no way to predict exactly when one could happen.

McAuliffe, Kaine, Herring Scheduled News Conference On Gun Control

A news conference is set today (10/15) on both federal and state efforts to combat gun violence.

Governor McAuliffe, US Senator Tim Kaine and Attorney General Mark Herring, all Democrats, have scheduled the news conference at the state capitol.

McAuliffe has been an outspoken advocate for tighter gun control measures, but has failed to get them past the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Climate Central Analysis Finds Half of Norfolk Under Water in 2,000 Years.

A new report says millions of Americans are now living on land destined to be reclaimed by rising sea levels.

Norfolk will find half its population under water, according to the numbers released by Climate Central in Princeton, New Jersey, based on carbon dioxide emissions that remain unchecked.

The analysis says for every 1° Celsius of warming, sea levels along the coastline will rise about seven and a half feet.

Man Who Shot Richmond Officer Pleads Guilty

Tamar Harris, the 21 year old man who shot a Richmond Police Officer in January, has entered a guilty plea and will not go to trial today (10/14) as scheduled.

Officer Bill Turner approached Harris on Fulton Street near his home to help mental health workers after his sister called for help. Harris has a history of mental problems and had attempted suicide.

When Officer Turner tried to talk to him, Harris opened fire and Turner was shot three times and critically wounded. He returned fire and Harris was wounded too.

City Announces Plans for Statue To Maggie L. Walker, First Black Woman To Charter a Bank in US

Richmond will get a statue of Maggie L. Walker, the first black woman to charter a bank in the United States.

She was a banker, a business person, a teacher and a pioneer in her day. She lived in Richmond from 1864 to 1934 and made history, founding the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank, operating an emporium and a newspaper and paving the way for women and blacks for generations to come.

Mayor Dwight Jones and the city’s public art commission announced plans yesterday for a statue to be part of a planned plaza at West Broad and North Adams, gateway to Jackson Ward.

Man Says Catholic Diocese of Richmond Fired Him Because He Is Gay

A Virginia man says the Catholic Diocese of Richmond has fired him from a top position at its assisted-living home because he is gay.

John Murphy served as executive director of the St. Francis Home in Richmond for about a week, before he says two deputies of Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo told him he was being fired because his marriage to his partner of 30 years goes against church doctrine.

He’s filed a discrimination claim against the Catholic Diocese of Richmond with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Chesterfield County School Superintendent Marcus J. Newsome Announces Retirement

Chesterfield County’s Superintendent of Public schools is retiring next June after ten years leading one of the state’s largest school systems.

Sixty-two year old Marcus J. Newsome was hired in 2006, and piloted the system though the recession when funding was cut by nearly $250 million dollars, but nevertheless successfully pushed for a $304 million dollar bond referendum for school renovation, and a new five-year plan including money for salary increases, smaller classes, professional development and the purchase of new busses.