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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

McDonnell To Be Free On Bond Pending Appeal

A federal appeals court has approved former Governor Bob McDonnell’s request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions. Just two weeks before he was to report to prison, McDonnell learned he will now be free on bond pending his appeal.

His attorneys had argued the process could have taken as long as his two-year sentence.

The court noted he was not a danger to society or a flight risk, that the appeal is not a delay tactic and there is a substantial question of law or fact that could lead to a reversal or a new trial. Prosecutors argued otherwise.

Gasoline Prices Continue 120-Day Slide

US Motorists are paying the lowest average gasoline prices since April 2009, with the national average predicted to drop below $2.00 before the end of the month.

The average price has dropped a record 120 consecutive days, for a total savings of $1.30 a gallon during this stretch.

The national average for regular unleaded dropped to $2.04 Friday, Virginia if $1.96 and Richmond $1.90.

Blizzard Headed Towards Northeast, One To Two Inches Of Snow Expected Here

A blizzard warning has been issued for a 250 mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston, and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Watch for Central Virginia.

That same system that threatens the Northeast with a “potentially historic storm,” is headed this way. Mike Montefusco from the National Weather Service, Wakefield, says rain should beginning turning into snow around eight tonight accumulate one to two inches before its over and cause some slick spots for tomorrow’s commute.

Thirty-two Members Of Greater Richmond Chamber Of Commerce Head To Cuba

Members of  the Richmond Chamber of Commerce are headed to Cuba this week as new trade and new tourism opportunities open for Americans. 

This trip was actually planned in July, under stricter regulations, but recent developments put the 32 members in the vanguard of Americans re-establishing business and cultural relations.

Kim Scheeler is President of the Great Richmond Chamber of Commerce. He says this trip is about diversity and culture and understanding.

The group leaves Richmond tomorrow (1/27) and flies from Miami Wednesday morning for the five day visit.

Governor McAuliffe Hospitalized With Broken Ribs And A Punctured Lung

Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe continued to work from his hospital bed - his third day out of office - due to injuries he received on an African safari over the Christmas holiday. The Governor’s injuries are now being reported as more serious and more painful than originally revealed.

When he was bucked from a horse, doctors in Tanzania told him he had seven bruised ribs that would heal.

Regency Mall Sale Reported Imminent

One of Richmond’s oldest and at one-time leading shopping malls is up for sale and perhaps a makeover.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says financially troubled Regency Mall is about to get new owners. Built in 1975, it was the area’s glittering, fashionable, leading mall, until Short Pump Town Center and Stoney Point Fashion Park began to siphon off its customers.

Sales dropped from $177 million to $85 million over a decade, and it is now worth far less than its loan.

McAuliffe Recovering From Horse Riding Accident

Governor McAuliffe spent a second night at VCU Medical Center, recovering from complications from a horse-riding accident.

The accident occurred in December, when the Governor was bucked from a horse and broke seven ribs.

Doctors had hoped it would heal on its own,  but fluid began building up and he was admitted to the hospital Monday (1/19).

Fire At Mondelez Nabisco Plant In Henrico

Henrico firefighters responded to the fire at the Mondeleze (Nabisco) factory shortly after 8:00 p.m. last night (1/21) and reported flames from the roof of the factory.

Crews found fire in an oven on the second floor and a vent stack leading to the roof.

All of the plant’s employees were able to evacuate the building and the fire marked under control by 8:58 p.m. About half of them were able to return to work and the damaged portion of the building is expected to be out of service only a short time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

State Senate Subcommittee Says Regulations For School Restraint Needed

A state Senate subcommittee has unanimously approved a proposal to develop statewide regulations governor the use of restraint and seclusion in Virginia public schools.

The panel heard from a series of speakers who said techniques for controlling students unruly behavior are being abused in some school divisions.

One nine year old boy told of being sent to a crisis room so often he was traumatized by the experience and didn’t want to go to school anymore.

Governor McAuliffe Hospitalized With Broken Ribs

Governor McAuliffe was hospitalized yesterday (1/19) with complications from being tossed from a horse and breaking seven ribs.

The fall occurred over Christmas holidays in Tanzania, when the Governor was on vacation with his family.

A spokesman said it was not a dire thing, and he has been on the job since the accident, delivering the state of the Commonwealth Address last week and even visiting Norfolk for an appearance with the Vice-president.