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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 Continue To Slide, Triple A Predicts Below $2.00 All Year

US Motorists are paying an average of $2.08 at the pump, nearly 44% lower than the peak of 3.70 reached last April.

Virginians pay even less, at $1.99, and Richmonders still less at $1.91. That was last Friday (1/16).

Oil inventories continue to build and Triple A says prices should continue to slide in 2015, staying under the $2 mark all year and saving consumers up to $75 billion.

There are factors that could change that but for 2015, so far, so good.

JMU Board Reacts To Proposed State Budget Cuts, Increases Summer School Tuition

James Madison University’s Board of Visitors has increased undergraduate tuition for the 2015 summer session, to help offset anticipated cuts in state spending.

JMU may be the first to react to Governor McCauliffe’s proposed budget cuts and could lose three million dollars in state funding depending on what the General Assembly does with it.

In-state summer tuition rates will rise from $300 per credit hour to $312, out-of-state tuition rates will go from $817 to $845.

UVA To Pay Law Firm $500 Thousand to Study Rape Article Response

The University of Virginia will pay more than $500,000 for a review of its response to the Rolling Stone’s now-discredited gang rape story.

UVA will pay half a million dollars to assess its response to the story and to review the school’s sexual response policies.

It has hired an international law firm O’Melveny & Myers to conduct the investigation and its findings will be made public.

But already one sexual assault prevention group says the move is to limit the university’s liability, not to engage in a robust discussion.

Former Governor McDonnell’s Attorneys Renew Request He Remain Free On Appeal

Former Governor Bob McDonnell has renewed his request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions.

The latest request came yesterday, as McDonnell’s attorneys filed the request with the 4thUS Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, one day after filing notice that he would be appealing his case.

They argued again that the appeal cold take almost as long as the sentence itself and would raise substantial questions, including whether the government’s interpretation of “an official act,” is correct.

US Marshals Arrest Nation’s 15th Most Wanted Fugitive In Ashland

Federal Authorities say the nation’s 15th most wanted fugitive has been taken into custody at an Ashland motel.

Acting on a tip, Deputy US Marshals cornered 43-year old Tam Mihn Le at a room at Motel 6, where he was hiding with his family.

After safely removing his wife and three children, they found him locked in the bathroom, attempting to escape through the ceiling.

He was taken into custody and is being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail.

Hanover School Board Amends Policies For Showing Controversial Materials

The Hanover County School Board has voted unanimously to amend its policies for handling controversial materials, in a move that has drawn national attention.

Under the new policy, teachers must notify parents before using materials considered controversial and provide alternative assignments for students whose parents object. But the National Coalition Against Censorship says the fix is worse than the problem.

Henrico Police Execute Search Warrant At Joe Morrisey’s Office

Joe Morrisey is accusing Henrico County of sabotaging his election campaign by executing a search warrant at his office on the eve of today’s election to fill his vacant seat.

Late yesterday (1/12), several detectives arrived as his office, he said, seeking the origin of allegedly falsified court documents that detailed the terms of support payments the father of a former receptionist was obligated to pay beginning in 2006.

That man, Coleman Pride, helped initiate an investigation into Morrisey’s relationship with his daughter who was 17 at the time.

VDOT Rolls Out New Plan For US 460 Corridor

Army, State and Federal transportation officials have come up with an alternative plan to improve the Route 360 Corridor from Petersburg to Suffolk. But it still has some bumps in the road.

First, it replaces a 1.4 billion dollar toll road project contracted by the last administration without any permits. That was a problem.

Last year, Governor McAuliffe scrapped the public-private project and asked for some alternatives.

74th District Debate Fizzles

A planned debate in the battle for Virginia’s 74th District Seat yesterday was about as unusual as the race itself.

Police were there. Protestors were there. But one of the main candidates was a no-show in what was to be a debate in the contest for Joe Morrisey’s House Seat.

Morrisey was there running as an independent, Republican Matt Walton was there, but Democratic candidate Kevin Sullivan chose instead to attend a rally in Charles City County.

Warming Temperatures Reduce Road Risks In Central Virginia

Icy road conditions expected this morning (1/12) for Central Virginia did not materialize, but travel North and West could be hazardous at the beginning of a week that also has snow in the forecast.

Drivers in the Mid-Atlantic regions are being warned about possible icy conditions during the morning commute, but in Central Virginia it looks more like rain.