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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 Drop With End of Summer Driving and Switch Over of Blends

Gasoline prices have begun to fall again across the Mid-Atlantic Region. Demand is down, and prospect for lower prices is up.

The National average over the weekend was $2.8 per gallon, down three cents compared to a week ago. Virginia was $1.99 and Richmond $1.95.

Federal Prosecutors Move to Dismiss Charges Against McDonnell and His Wife

Federal Prosecutors yesterday (9/8) moved to drop their corruption case against former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Federal prosecutors asked the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to send the case back to a district court, where the U.S. will file a motion to dismiss the indictments.

McDonnell said in a statement, “Today is a great day in which my family and I rejoice.”

Greater Richmond Partnership: ITT Tech Graduates Contributed Large Percentage of Workforce

While former students of the now-closed ITT Technical Institute are scrambling to resume their education, a white paper just released by the Greater Richmond Partnership has added up the losses of jobs and job prospects.

The closing of all five ITT Virginia campuses has resulted in 388 staff job losses and 4800 students being misplaced and Chuck Peterson, Greater Richmond Partnership, says it leaves a significant hole in the Richmond area workforce.

UVA Neurosurgeon On Cancer Moonshot Panel To Accelerate Cancer Research

The Obama administration’s “Cancer Moonshot” took a major step forward yesterday (9/7), when a committee of top cancer researchers recommended an ambitious set of goals to sharply accelerate progress against the disease.

Project Moonshot is headed by Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Beau died of brain cancer more than a year ago. And, on the Blue Ribbon panel is UVA neurosurgeon, Dr. Neal Kassell.

For-Profit ITT Educational Services Closes 130 Campuses, Including Richmond

The for-profit chain ITT Educational Services announced that it is shutting down all of its 130 campuses nationwide, including five in Virginia and one in Richmond.

There are over 500 students enrolled in ITT’s Gateway Center Campus, whose classes have been cut. But Sylvia Rosa-Casanova at the State Councilof Higher Education says they are working to help them recover.

She says students will receive email notifications from the State Council of Higher Education on how they might save their records, transfer their credits, and recoup their financial losses.

Ellwood Thompson’s Named Best Grocery Store in Virginia

A Richmond Grocery Store, Ellwood Thompson’s, has been named the best grocery store in Virginia by the website The Daily Meal, which ranks the best store in each state, based on reviews on Google, Yelp, Foursquare and Facebook and informal interviews.

Pleasing customers is just one of its missions. In June, the store announced it had become a benefit corporation, underscoring its mission of social responsibility, including its own employees.

Disabled Runner Returns to Virginia Beach Marathon As Storm Clouds Clear

Slow-moving Hermine was still delivering strong winds, dangerous storm surges and rip currents to the Northeast yesterday (9/4) after causing destruction along the East Coast, but tourists were back at Virginia Beach and life was almost back to normal, especially for one courageous runner in the annual marathon.

The race returned and so did 18 year old Greg Kenney, who suffered a sudden cardiac death at the Rock n’Roll marathon last year, but yesterday he was back in a wheelchair.

Wason Poll Leaves Presidential Race for More Competitive Contests

The latest Wason Poll released this morning (9/1) shows Richmond voters want their next mayor to concentrate on schools, finances and internal cooperation.

But the poll itself is a departure from past surveys. Traditionally, the Wason Poll might have numbers in the presidential contest, but not today.

We’ve been talking with Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Poll, following its release this morning.

Preservationists, Volunteers and Students Rebuilt 1860 House in Ettrick

A house built in 1860 is being restored just adjacent to the campus at Virginia State University as part of a larger effort to build a community.

Preservation Volunteers,Virginia State Students and $130,000 dollars from the Cameron foundation are going to work to restore the historic Summerseat House in Ettrick.

Bob Mullally and his wife Barbara are volunteers from Coldwater Michigan. They are part of the HistoriCorps Institute.

The restoration is also about building relationships.

Coalition Formed To Raise Awareness of Opioid Addiction and Death

September is National Recovery Month, and a group of leading Richmond area organizations have formed a coalition to fight one of the most potentially deadly drugs of them all.

The Centers for Disease Control says more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year on record, and most were from opioids.