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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

Virginia Gas Prices Continue To Decline

Triple A Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $2.77 on Sunday (11/2). That's 6¢ less per gallon compared to the previous week and 34¢ less compared with the same week a year ago.

Average prices range from $2.66 per gallon in Richmond to $2.84 in Charlottesville. Motorists in the Norfolk area are paying on average $2.80 per gallon. Nationally, gas prices average $2.99 this week, first time that has been below three dollars since 2010.

Final Wason Poll Gives Warner 51% to 44% Lead Over Gillespie

Republican Ed Gillespie continues to close the gap in his race against Democratic Senator Mark Warner but the final Wason poll released this morning (10/31) indicates it won’t be enough. Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Poll says the negative ads, from both sides, have not changed anybody’s mind, but might suppress voter turnout, and that could be a factor.

The final Wason poll was conducted October 23-29th among 819 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9%.

VCU Researcher Develops Cancer Literacy Test Device To Help Doctors, Patients

This year, the American Cancer Society says 1,665,540 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, and will have that first meeting with an oncologist to talk about treatment. Fransica Alvarado is on oncology nurse information specialist with the American Cancer Society, who has just written an article about that first meeting. In Richmond, a VCU Professor has developed a tool, to help doctors communicate with their patients especially during that first visit.

Aftermath of Antares Explosion

Crews searched for wreckage along the Virginia coast yesterday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded shortly after launch. Tuesday nights’s explosion destroyed the rocket, damaged the pad, incinerated the cargo, frightened area residents and raised questions about the future of commercial space ventures. Helicopters took to the air at first light yesterday (10/29) to track down remnants.

All the lost materials will be replaced and the Space station crew has enough supplies to last them until Spring.

Unemployment Dips With Resumption Of School

The Unemployment rate dropped last month as students returned to school and the labor force contracted. Statewide unemployment for September was 5.2%, the Richmond Region was 5.5 down from 5.9 in August and 5.7 a year ago.

Highest unemployment in the state was the City of Martinsville, once again, seasonally adjusted to 11.1%. Martinsville is the former home of furniture, textiles and a Dupont nylon plant, and once called itself the T shirt capital of the world. All of that has gone.

Documentary Details Jewish Migration From Russia To Richmond In The 1980’s And 1990’s

“Draw Back The Curtain,” a documentary about the last major Jewish Migration from the former Soviet Union, is set to premier in Richmond November 10th. The project and the film are a Jewish Family  Services and University of Richmond Hillel collaboration.

At the end of the Cold War, the Former Soviet Union allowed more than one million jews to emigrate to America and Israel, but there was a catch.

Unmanned Antares Rocket With International Space Station Cargo Explodes at Wallops Flight Facility

An unmanned Antares rocket exploded at Virginia’s Wallops Island Flight Facility last night (10/27) marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. It happened at 6:22 p.m. when the 14-story rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo ship burst into flames and plunged to the ground. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Wallops Flight Director Bill Robel and Orbital’s Frank Culbertson warned people about picking up pieces on the beach. Instead, they ask you call the response team at (757) 824.1295.

Snow Removal Budget Set For 2014-2015 Season

The Virginia Department of Transportation has set its initial snow-removal budget for the upcoming winter. It may have been a relatively balmy 54 degrees over night, but winter is coming and VDOT is ready with about 145 million dollars to spend keeping the roads clear.

Last winter, snow was on the ground in various parts of the state from late October into early April.

Northern Virginia has the biggest slice of the budget at more than 50 million dollars. Richmond generally spends about 10 million. VDOT says it will spend whatever it takes.

Jesse Matthew Will Make Initial Court Appearance In Fairfax Friday

The suspect in the abduction of UVA student Hannah Graham will be making an initial court appearance Friday (10/31) in Fairfax in an unrelated case. Thirty-two year old Jesse Matthew was indicted last week in Fairfax on attempted capital murder and other charges for a sexual assault in 2005 in Fairfax City. The victim escaped with her life when a passerby startled the assailant, and is cooperating with investigators.

Authorities say they have forensic links between this case, Graham’s abduction and the 2009 disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.