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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

Gasoline Prices Could Continue To Drop

Triple A says gasoline prices could drop again in time for summer.
Predicting gasoline prices has proved to be a moving target, but over the weekend (4/10), Triple A MidAtlantic says speculation of oversupply is expected to keep downward pressure on the market, US stockpiles of crude oil are unparalleled, and barring refinery issues or some global issues, drivers can expect prices to continue to slide leading up to the start of summer driving season. 

Washington Post Says Thousands Of Fatal Police Shootings In Last Decade, Few Prosecutions

A report this weekend says thousands of fatal police shootings have occurred since 2005, but only a few  officers have been charged. 

The Washington Post says 54 police officers have been charged over the past decade for fatally shooting someone while on  duty, that most of the victims were unarmed, and most of the officers charged were cleared or acquitted in the cases that have been resolved.

Herring Says Sweet Briar Decision Is Board’s

Attorney General Mark Herring says the decision to close the private Sweet Briar College lies with its board of directors, not with the state.

The Attorney General made the statement accompanying his amicus brief, filed in Amherst County Circuit Court.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says time is critical.

County Attorney Ellen Bowyer is seeking an injunction to stop the women’s college from shutting down in August. A hearing is set for next Tuesday.

Sabra Recalls 30,000 Cases of Hummus

About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination. 

Listeria is a food-borne illness that can cause high fevers and nausea in minor cases, but could be fatal to some.

Elaine Lidholme at the Virginia Department of Agriculture says the tainted Sabra hummus was first found in Michigan.

So far, there have been no reports of sickness or death as the result of the Sabra recall. 

UVA Fraternity Will Not File Honor Code Complaint Against Alleged Rape Victim

A University of Virginia fraternity will not pursue an honor code violation against a student who told Rolling Stone the now-discredited story of a gang rape there.

UVA has the oldest student-run honor code in the country, which prohibits lying, cheating and stealing. Those who are found guilty by a panel of students are faced with explusion.

Any student or faculty member could bring an honor code complaint against the student, known only as Jackie, but so far, none has, and Phi Kappa Psi says they will not either.

McDonnell Says Favors To Williams “Just Courtesies”

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says in court papers that the favors he did for a wealthy businessman were routine courtesies and not part of a bribery scheme.

The onetime rising Republican star made the argument in a 54-page brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel of the court will conduct a hearing on his appeal of his public corruption convictions on May 12.

VUU Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Virginia Commonwealth University is set to conduct a celebration of its 150th anniversary.

Several ceremonies are set today (4/9) in Richmond. Governor McAuliffe will join the university faculty, staff and students at the site of Lumpkin’s jail in Shockoe Bottom where early classes were held.

A prayer ceremony will be held later at Ebenezer Baptist Church where the first classes were held for Hartshorn Memorial College, which merged with Virginia Union in 1932.

Afterward, a rededication march will head to Coburn hall on the Virginia Union Campus.

Richmond Jobless Rate Rises In February

Richmond’s jobless rate rose slightly in February, along with most of Virginia’s metropolitan areas.

The area’s jobless rate in February was 5.3% up from 5.1% in January, but down from 5.9% a year ago. 

Those are not seasonally adjusted rates. The labor force is up by 882 to just over 653,000 with gains in nine out of ten industry divisions.

Manufacturing was down 1%.

Unemployment rates increased in nine of Virginia’s ten metropolitan areas in February, only Blacksburg rates were lower.

Massey Center Offers Free Screenings for Head, Neck Cancers

The VCU Massey Cancer Center is offering free screenings next week for head and neck cancers. That sore throat or lump in your throat could be a sign you ought to go.

Fifty-eight year old Rose Pai though it was just an allergy. She had also smoked for 42 years and this time it wasn’t going away. Antibiotics didn’t work, so she went to an ENT specialist. She went to Massey Cancer Center and immediately began a course of chemo and radiation.

The free clinic takes about 15 minutes and involves a simple oral exam and is recommended for heavy smokers and drinkers.

Colonial Downs Lays Off Final 32 Employees

Colonial Downs has laid off its 32 remaining employees and will close all of its off-track betting operations.

It marks the end of a year-long fight between Colonial Downs, owner of the track in New Kent County and the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

Colonial Downs wanted fewer races with higher purses to reduce operating costs, the association wanted more races and a longer racing season, to balance their budgets.