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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

CDC Says 19 in Seven States Contracted E.coli From Costco Chicken Salad

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 19 people in seven states have contracted E. coli, including Virginia, in an outbreak linked to Costco chicken salad.

The strain can be life-threatening, and of the 19, five have been hospitalized and two have developed a type of kidney failure.

Flu Season Off To Slow Start: CDC Says Get Flu Shot Anyway

Virginia Health officials say the flu season is off to a slow start, but that is no reason not to get a flu shot.

The season typically runs from October to May. Last year it became widespread in December in Virginia.

So far, there have been no confirmed cases in the state and a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Health that is in line with the nation.

But the US Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu shot for everyone six months and older, unless your doctor says otherwise.

Virginia State Police Begin Holiday Enforcement

The long holiday weekend has already begun as far as Virginia State Police are concerned.

State police began beefed-up patrols just after midnight last night (11/24) to stress safe driving and counter aggressive or impaired driving.

Last Thanksgiving weekend, 8 people were killed in crashes on state highways, 6 of those were not wearing seat belts, and state police are participating in the nationwide “Click it or Ticket” program to encourage people to use them.

Also last year, they stopped and cited 9,856 speeders and 2,315 reckless drivers.

Historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Begins Removing Confederate Battle Flag Images

Historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has begun removing all images of the Confederate flag from within its walls.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis worshipped there, as did General Robert E. Lee.

The church is steeped in history, confederate history, but the symbols of the battle flag are being removed.

That includes six plaques with various versions of the flag, the church’s coat of arms with the flag on kneelers at the high altar, and bookplates in the church’s library.

Dominion Ordered to Refund $19.7 Million

The State Corporation Commission has ordered Dominion Virginia Power to refund $19.7 million dollars to customers.

That would be about $4 to $5 dollars for a typical residential customer, spread out over six months.

Dominion is authorized to maintain a 10% rate of return, but allowed to keep up to 10.7%. Anything over must be refunded, and they hit 10.89%.

They’ll do it, protesting that rates haven’t increased in 20 years.

MADD Holds Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents

It is the beginning of the long holiday season, and Virginia State Police are concerned that highway deaths are moving toward record levels. Last night (11/23), at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens , Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held a candlelight vigil for people we’ve lost, and lives that can be saved.

Venessa Hayslip lost her 23-year old daughter last year to a drunk driver. Vanessa shared her story with others gathered to remember lost ones, with songs, candles, the reading of victims names, and prayer with Dr. Jim Somerville.

Christmas Parades Have Begun!

It is the season for Christmas parades, and some have already happened.

Norfolk was one of the first, with its 31st Grand illumination parade Saturday night (11/21), this from a video posted on the Virginian-Pilot website. Ashland wasn’t far behind as its population swelled during its 46th annual Olde Time Holiday Parade yesterday afternoon (11/22), sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

Reports of Suspicious Packages in Washington Metro Increase, Though No Credible Threats Found

The Paris attacks have everyone alerted, especially in vulnerable public places and transportation facilities and that includes the Washington Metro.

Metro’s police chief says reports of suspicious packages on the transit network have increased five times since Paris, although there have been no credible threate.

Chief Ron Pavlik says they have nevertheless increased high visibility patrols and random bag checks and he is urging all metro rides and employees to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement and to report any suspicious activity.

Triple A Predicts Lowest Gasoline Prices Since 2008

Triple A says gasoline prices over Thanksgiving week are going to the lowest since 2008.

Regular unleaded yesterday (11/22) in Virginia was $1.92, down .07¢ from last week and significantly lower than the $2.66 it was this time last year.

Richmond and Norfolk were tied for the lowest at $1.88, all below the national average. But even that is falling rapidly, and Triple A predicts that number could drop below $2.00 per gallon by Christmas.

City Sells Bonds For Stone Brewery Construction and Schools

Plans to develop the city-owned Boulevard property are on hold, while bonds to finance the Stone Bewery projects have been sold.

Stone Brewery Company’s huge development is already under construction, and yesterday (11/19), the city successfully sold $23 million dollars worth of bonds to finance it in a larger $63 million dollar package. The rate was 3.83%, lower than expected.

Bloomberg noted earlier this month it may be the first time a municipality had put its credit on the line for beer.