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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

ACLU Sues Fairfax County Over Collecting And Storing License Plate Data

The ACLU of Virginia is suing Fairfax County over license plates readers and what it calls an illegal invasion of privacy. 

Fairfax County is not the only locality that collects and stores data collected on thousands of drivers through the use of license plate readers, and the suit filed yesterday (5/6) says keeping that data base is illegal.

In 2013, Virginia’s attorney general advised state police that such information is personal under state law and can’t be kept unless it is part of a specific criminal investigation.

Hanover Legislator’s Controversial Facebook Posting

A Hanover County legislator’s posting of a snarling police dog has caused a Facebook backlash that has resulted in his apologizing and taking it down.

Not long after the Baltimore unrest broke out, Hanover County Republican Delegate “Buddy” Fowler posted a photo of a snarling police dog, restrained by a handler in SWAT gear, with a caption that read, “Go ahead and run...he likes fast food.”

Fowler went on to suggest, “I wonder if a few of these would help bring calm to Baltimore.”

Virginia’s AG Says Board of Health Has No Power To Order Retrofit For Abortion Clinics

Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring says the State Board of health does not have the power to force abortion clinics to retrofit to meet higher standards. 

It’s an opinion, a legal one, issued yesterday (5/4) to the state health commissioner.

Those higher standards would treat abortion clinics as hospitals and cover issues such as hallway widths and closet sizes.

VMI Tuition and Fees Up 5.5%

The Cost of VMI has just gone up 5.5 %. The Board of Visitors has just approved tuition and fee increases. The total cost for in-state cadets next academic year will now be $25,202, including tuition, fees and room and board. 

For out-of-state cadets, the cost will increase to $48,216. That is up 4.9%. 

Those increases are effective for the academic year beginning in August 2015. 

NOAA Visits Norfolk To Urge Hurricane Preparedness As The Season Approaches

A federal hurricane awareness tour is coming to Norfolk today (5/5).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration will have hurricane experts, along with a US Air Force Reserve WC-130 hurricane hunter aircraft at Norfolk International Airport.

Norfolk is one of six cities involved in an awareness campaign about the importance of preparing for the upcoming Hurricane Season, which begins June 1st.

And every year, state emergency prepardness officials reminds Richmonders that we are not immune. 

Jefferson Lab: Virginia’s Giant Microscope on Origins of the Universe

Scientists, engineers and students from across the country and around the world are in Richmond this week to present and discuss the latest advancements underway in particle accelerators and their contributions to science. They are being hosted by Virginia’s Jefferson Lab.

The Jefferson Lab in Newport News is one of 17 national laboratories funded primarily by the US Department of Energy. It is often described as a giant microscope.

Six Go on Trial in Murder of Waynesboro Officer

Six people are scheduled to go on trial this week on charges stemming from the slaying of a Waynesboro police officer. Those charges include everything from kidnapping, robbery and racketeering to murder.

The trial begins today (5/4) in US District Court in Charlottesville over the death of 45-year old Kevin Quick, who was reported missing February 1st, 2014. His body was found days later in woods Northwest of Richmond.

The trial is expected to last four weeks.

Researchers From Around The World In Richmond to Study Jefferson Lab

Some 1,200 Scientists and Researchers from around the world are converging in Richmond this week for a conference on nuclear particle accelerators, hosted by Virginia’s Jefferson Lab.

The Jefferson Lab is searching for secrets of the universe, potentially more startling than the smashing of the atom by hurling electrons to smash into nuclei at nearly the speed of light, then recording what happens, looking for patterns, searching for a sign, a signature, a clue as to how we began and what keeps it altogether.

Millennial Students Afraid To Talk In Class?

A University of Richmond professor says Digital Connectivity is causing a radical change in the way his classes are conducted, and he says education will never be the same. Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report.

At The University of Richmond, Bill Bergman says everything has changed. Bill Teaches Digital marketing and embraces the technology.