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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

Race Weekend; Traffic Re-routed

It is race weekend in Richmond (4/25), and traffic  is being re-routed on roads leading to Richmond International Raceway.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will change traffic patterns today and tomorrow and advises motorists to expect heavy delays in the area this weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity series race at RIR. 

Henrico police officers will direct motorists before and after the races tonight (4/24) and tomorrow night (4/25), and message boards along the interstates and other roads will post traffic updates.

Dominion Virginia Power Installs State's First Fully Integrated Solar & Battery Storage System

A solar installation at Randolph-Macon College is testing a solution by becoming the state’s first fully integrated solar and battery storage site of its kind, which will help provide a steady delivery of electricity even when the sun is not shining.

School Divisions Will Have To Publicize Line-Item Budgets Beginning July 1st

School Boards across the state will have to make their budgets public line-by-line beginning July 1st.

This year’s General Assembly passed the legislation, sponsored by Hanover Senator Ryan McDougle, that expands the current state law requiring school divisions to make their budgets available online and in hard copy for inspection. But the law did not spell out how specific the budget needed to be.

Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico already provide line item budget presentations. But beginning July 1st, it’s a requirement for everybody.

Fairfax Wrongful Death Settlement

Fairfax County has agreed to pay nearly $3 million dollars to settle a wrongful death lawsuit after one of its police officers shot and killed an unarmed man.

Police records say 46-year-old John Geer was standing in the doorway to his townhouse with his hands on top of the storm door, when he was shot once in the chest by officer Adam Torres. Geer spun, closed the front door and fell to the floor.

Illnesses Rise To Ten In Blue Bell Recall Case

The Center for Disease Control says the number of illnesses linked to the Blue Bell recall has now increased to 10.

Blue Bell has pulled all of its products off the shelves in 23 states, including Virginia, due to samples tainted with listeria, traced to a production line in Texas and another in Oklahoma.

Listeria primarily affects pregnant women and their newborns, elderly and people with weakened immune systems. It can be fatal, but no deaths have been associated with the Blue Bell cases.

Former First Lady Appeals Conviction

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has appealed her conviction on charges of public corruption.

In a 101-page brief filed yesterday, her attorneys argued the convictions should be overturned, that the trial court judge erred in giving jurors expansive instructions as to what constitutes “an official act” under federal bribery statutes and what transpired with vitamin supplement salesman Johnny Williams was nothing more than the way every politician treats ordinary businesspersons.

Federal Judge Released 3.2 Million To Virginia Homeowners In Chinese Drywall Case

A federal court has released $3.2 million dollars to be divided among seven Virginia homeowners and their lawyers from a manufacturer of Chinese drywall. 

The seven cases are a precursor to a hearing later this year to determine damages for some 4,000 more homeowners in multiple states.

Number Of Farms In Virginia Drops, But Farms Are Getting Larger

The number of Virginia farms dropped last year according to USDA statistics just released. 

Virginia lost 100 farms from 2013 to 2014, putting the overall number at 45,900 and there is a trend towards larger commercial operations.

There is still about 8.2 million acres of farmland in the state and the average farm is 179 acres.

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry with a $52 billion dollar economic impact annually and provides about 311,000 jobs.