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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

Morrisey and Victim’s Family Attend Church; He Says Legislative Future Undecided

Henrico Delegate Joe Morrisey says he will wait to decide his political future following his recent plea in a teen sex case. Both Morrisey and some members of the alleged victim’s family attended former Richmond Mayor Leonidas Young’s Fourth Baptist Church yesterday, but sat on opposites sides and didn’t acknowledge each other.

Virginia’s Attorney General Sues Texas Company For Installing Unapproved Guardrails

Virginia’s Attorney General is suing a Texas company for selling the state unapproved highway safety equipment. That equipment includes thousands of guardrails installed along Virginia highways that critics say have defective ends that turn into spears that could impale vehicles.

Attorney General Mark Herring announced the legal action against Trinity Industries and Trinity Highway Products yesterday (12/11). Trinity stopped shipments of its ET Plus guardrails in October, after a Texas jury ordered it to pay at least 175 million dollars for misleading regulators.

Virginia Set To Get 20 Million Dollars In Federal Money To Repair Spaceport

Virginia is expected to get 20 million dollars in federal money to pay for repairs to the Mid-Atlantic Spaceport, damaged by a rocket explosion in October. Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine credited a bi-partisan process in both House and Senate to secure the money as part of President Obama’s request for funding of the 21st Century Launch Complex Program at NASA. The Senators say they expect passage of the bill by the end of the week.

Governor McAuliffe had asked the two senators to seek the federal funding.

State Water Control Board Approves Industrial Sludge Applications To Virginia Farmland

The State Water Control Board has approved industrial sludge to be used on farmlands in six Virginia counties. The board yesterday (12/11) approved a permit for Synagro technologies to spread the industrial waste on farmland in Goochland, King and Queen, King William, New Kent, Prince George and Surry, saying it believes the product to be environmentally safe to use and would have to conform to state regulations.

Opponents say it smells and contains dangerous heavy metals.

Tech’s Kohl Center Teachers Future Farmers Good Business

Virginia Tech has a new center to help future farmers become future business leaders. The Kohl Center partners with  farmers, producers, governments and businesses to give students experience in the real world. Senior Nick Peazy just made a presentation to Christiansburg’s Town Council on the economic impact of Tech’s acquatic Center.

Other projects include developing a farmers market on the Tech campus and an online Q&A to help meat and poultry processors improve customer service.

Hanover Board Approves Housing Project at Summer Duck Farm

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has reversed itself and approved a 68-home development in the Atlee area. The board had voted down the project 4-3 last month, but Supervisor Elton Wade changed his mind and asked the board to reconsider.

Last night (12/10), following a public hearing, the board voted 5-2 to rezone the property on Summer Duck Farm at Atlee Station and Deer Stream Drive for residential use.

Opponents cited safety and traffic issues expressed frustration with the board’s equivocation and asked for more transparency.

Petersburg City Council Votes To Close City Jail

 Petersburg City Council has voted to close the city jail and move all inmates to Riverside Regional jail. The move apparently surprised even some members of city government and the vote was close at 4-3.

City officials expect moving the 200 inmates to Riverside regional will save about a million dollars a year and help fill a facility that is currently underused.

Sheriff Vanessa Crawford said the move caught her by surprise and 61 of her employees could lose their jobs. She says she understands the jail could be closed as early as July.

Low Temperatures Trigger Richmond ‘s Emergency Overflow Shelters

Every night below 40 degrees, Richmond opens its emergency overflow shelters to the homeless but most need more than just a warm bed.

The emergency shelter is at the public safety building at 501 North 9th and is an emergency refuge for homeless people who do not have beds at other shelters. Catholic Charities operates a Homeless Point of Entry program that helps homeless people find more permanent housing and longer term answers.

For more information on some of their programs, search online for Catholic Charities of Virginia.

National Sorority Group Asks UVA To Lift Greek Suspensions

A National sorority advocacy group says UVA’s suspension of Greek activities is not the answer to resolving sexual assault and student safety issues. The National Panhellic Conference said yesterday (12/9) that while it supports UVA’s plan to review the university’s culture and practices, the suspension of sorority activities should be lifted.