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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

Repairs to Wallops Island Launch Pad Estimated To Take A Year, Cost 20 Million

Repairs to the launch pad at Wallops Island will take a year. The Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority released the assessment yesterday.

The damage resulting from an Antares rocket explosion shortly after liftoff on October 28th. It is estimated that repairs will take a year and cost 20 million dollars.

The MidAtlantic Regional Spaceport, or MARS, was built partly with state money to launch cargoes to the International Space Station among other things.

Midlothian Woman Charged With Misdemeanor In Fatal Daycare Fire

A Midlothian woman has been charged with a misdemeanor after a one-year old Chesterfield boy died from injuries he received in a fire at her home-operated day care. Forty-six year old Laurie Underwood has been charged with operating an unlicensed day care facility in her home.

A one year old child died after he was accidently left in the home while other children were evacuated.  His parents say they are shocked and dismayed that more serious charges were not brought against her.

VCU and UVA Medical Centers Designated For Ebola Treatment

Health officials have designated two Virginia hospitals as Ebola treatment centers. One is the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, the other the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville. Both have the staff, the equipment and the training to safely and effectively care for Ebola, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, which designated 35 hospitals across the country yesterday (11/3).

Others are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco and Washington.

Mechanicsville Doctor To Enter Plea In Fatal Crash That Killed Jogger

A Mechanicsville doctor, who struck and killed a Hanover County woman jogging along the roadside, will enter a plea Monday (12/8) and avoid a jury trial. The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Dr. Michael Carlson has waived a jury trial and will enter a plea in a case that could expose him to up to 10 years in prison on a conviction of alcohol-related manslaughter.

UVA To “Re-examine” Sexual Violence Policies; Lawmakers Ready Legislation

UVA says it will re-examine its sexual violence policies and lawmakers are preparing legislation for tougher reporting laws. UVA President Teresa Sullivan met over the weekend with Charlottesville’s police chief to discuss “whether we have chosen the wrong balance” and said UVA will re-examine policies that let victims decide whether sexual violence will be prosecuted and other students determine whether an assault has occurred.

Meanwhile, legislators from both parties are drafting proposals to require a sexual assault on campus be immediately reported to law enforcement.

Retail Sales Drop 11% Over Long Thanksgiving Holiday

Sales, both online and in stores from Thanksgiving through the weekend were estimated to have dropped 11% according to preliminary results from the National Retail Federal, despite many stores opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving Day.

Shoppers spent an average of $380 dollars over four days compared to $407 last year.

Some analysts believe retailers are offering deep discounts before and after the traditional Black Friday sales, and many are simply staying home with family over the holidays.

Tobacco Commission Awards Millions More Than Staff Recommends To Dominion

The Virginia Tobacco Commission gave away millions of dollars, more than what commission staff recommended, to help a politically connected power company. The Associated Press says commission staffers told the state inspector-general that the first of three $10 million installments paid to Dominion to help build a natural gas pipeline in Brunswick County should have been $6.5 million based on their calculations, and that they felt pressured by Governor Bob McDonnell’s office, though the inspector-general’s office did not find evidence to support that.

Governor Warns Of “Huge Headwinds” In State Budget

Governor McAuliffe says Virginia’s economy is in a “very perilous situation” with potential federal defense cuts looming. The Governor is working on his spending plan due next month highlighted by 322 million in red ink. And he says he’s open to eliminating tax relief programs to balance the budget, including rolling back a program that partially offsets Virginia’s car tax.