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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

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).

Fire At Mondelez Nabisco Plant In Henrico

Henrico firefighters responded to the fire at the Mondeleze (Nabisco) factory shortly after 8:00 p.m. last night (1/21) and reported flames from the roof of the factory.

Crews found fire in an oven on the second floor and a vent stack leading to the roof.

All of the plant’s employees were able to evacuate the building and the fire marked under control by 8:58 p.m. About half of them were able to return to work and the damaged portion of the building is expected to be out of service only a short time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

State Senate Subcommittee Says Regulations For School Restraint Needed

A state Senate subcommittee has unanimously approved a proposal to develop statewide regulations governor the use of restraint and seclusion in Virginia public schools.

The panel heard from a series of speakers who said techniques for controlling students unruly behavior are being abused in some school divisions.

One nine year old boy told of being sent to a crisis room so often he was traumatized by the experience and didn’t want to go to school anymore.

Governor McAuliffe Hospitalized With Broken Ribs

Governor McAuliffe was hospitalized yesterday (1/19) with complications from being tossed from a horse and breaking seven ribs.

The fall occurred over Christmas holidays in Tanzania, when the Governor was on vacation with his family.

A spokesman said it was not a dire thing, and he has been on the job since the accident, delivering the state of the Commonwealth Address last week and even visiting Norfolk for an appearance with the Vice-president.

African American Astronaut Says Time In Space With Former Enemies Was “Inspiring”

A former astronaut gave the keynote address at a Martin Luther King Jr., breakfast at Lynchburg’s Center for Human Rights yesterday (1/19), and talked about the view of humanity from space.

Leland Melvin is a former Hermitage High School Graduate, University of Richmond and pro Football Player,  astronaut and African American. And he says breaking bread with former enemies while floating 260 miles above the earth changed his perspective.

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.