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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

State Population Growth Lowest In Decades, Richmond Metro Up 3.9%

Virginia’s population growth has slowed to its lowest rate in decades. 

UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center says the state’s population has increased by less than 1% since 2010, and is now estimated at 8.3 million  residents as of last July (2014).  

Northern Virginia continues to account for most of the growth at 7.5%, but Richmond Metro is above average at 3.9% and 1.2 million people.

Chesterfield is up 4.4% at 330 thousand, Henrico up 3.6% at 318 thousand, Richmond is up 4.5% at 213 thousand, and  Hanover is up 2.9% at 103 thousand.

Obama Administration Reveals Offshore Drilling Plans

The Obama administration yesterday (1/27) announced an unprecedented plan to allow drilling for oil and gas in federal waters off four Southeast states, including Virginia.

Under the plan, the government would lease an area at least 50 miles offshore in a wide swath off Virginia , North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Oil companies believe there is an energy bonanza, an estimated 3.3 billion barrels of oil, and 31 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

House Rules Committee Passes Resolution Calling For US Constitutional Convention

There is a move in the General Assembly to call a constitutional convention to reduce both the federal deficit and federal powers over the states.

The House rules committee passed two resolutions backed by conservative republicans, libertarians and constitutionalists.

It would take a minimum of 34 states to petition congress. So far only Alaska, Florida, and Georgia are looking at similar proposals.

McDonnell To Be Free On Bond Pending Appeal

A federal appeals court has approved former Governor Bob McDonnell’s request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions. Just two weeks before he was to report to prison, McDonnell learned he will now be free on bond pending his appeal.

His attorneys had argued the process could have taken as long as his two-year sentence.

The court noted he was not a danger to society or a flight risk, that the appeal is not a delay tactic and there is a substantial question of law or fact that could lead to a reversal or a new trial. Prosecutors argued otherwise.

Gasoline Prices Continue 120-Day Slide

US Motorists are paying the lowest average gasoline prices since April 2009, with the national average predicted to drop below $2.00 before the end of the month.

The average price has dropped a record 120 consecutive days, for a total savings of $1.30 a gallon during this stretch.

The national average for regular unleaded dropped to $2.04 Friday, Virginia if $1.96 and Richmond $1.90.

Blizzard Headed Towards Northeast, One To Two Inches Of Snow Expected Here

A blizzard warning has been issued for a 250 mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston, and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Watch for Central Virginia.

That same system that threatens the Northeast with a “potentially historic storm,” is headed this way. Mike Montefusco from the National Weather Service, Wakefield, says rain should beginning turning into snow around eight tonight accumulate one to two inches before its over and cause some slick spots for tomorrow’s commute.

Thirty-two Members Of Greater Richmond Chamber Of Commerce Head To Cuba

Members of  the Richmond Chamber of Commerce are headed to Cuba this week as new trade and new tourism opportunities open for Americans. 

This trip was actually planned in July, under stricter regulations, but recent developments put the 32 members in the vanguard of Americans re-establishing business and cultural relations.

Kim Scheeler is President of the Great Richmond Chamber of Commerce. He says this trip is about diversity and culture and understanding.

The group leaves Richmond tomorrow (1/27) and flies from Miami Wednesday morning for the five day visit.

Governor McAuliffe Hospitalized With Broken Ribs And A Punctured Lung

Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe continued to work from his hospital bed - his third day out of office - due to injuries he received on an African safari over the Christmas holiday. The Governor’s injuries are now being reported as more serious and more painful than originally revealed.

When he was bucked from a horse, doctors in Tanzania told him he had seven bruised ribs that would heal.

Regency Mall Sale Reported Imminent

One of Richmond’s oldest and at one-time leading shopping malls is up for sale and perhaps a makeover.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says financially troubled Regency Mall is about to get new owners. Built in 1975, it was the area’s glittering, fashionable, leading mall, until Short Pump Town Center and Stoney Point Fashion Park began to siphon off its customers.

Sales dropped from $177 million to $85 million over a decade, and it is now worth far less than its loan.

McAuliffe Recovering From Horse Riding Accident

Governor McAuliffe spent a second night at VCU Medical Center, recovering from complications from a horse-riding accident.

The accident occurred in December, when the Governor was bucked from a horse and broke seven ribs.

Doctors had hoped it would heal on its own,  but fluid began building up and he was admitted to the hospital Monday (1/19).