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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

Chesterfield Resident Dies When Minivan Crashes Through House

A Chesterfield county resident died (2/26) yesterday when a minivan left the road and ran completely through a home.

Police say the minivan’s driver had a major medical emergency and shortly before 6:00 p.m., ran off the road, into the victim’s home in the 1700 block of Greenfield Drive near Robious.

Chesterfield Fire Lt. Jason Elmore said the van ran completely through the house and wound up in the backyard.

The victim has not yet been identified.

The driver and passenger in the vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Richmond EDA Votes To Pay Redskins $285 Thousand To Cover Training Camp Shortfall

Richmond’s Economic Development Authority has voted to pay the Washington Redskins $285 thousand dollars to cover a second straight shortfall in city contributions to keep the training camp here. 

The idea was, sponsors would pick up most if not all of the half-a-million dollar tab the city promised to pay each year to help the team defray expenses in practicing here.

But that’s coming up short, and the EDA had to ante up the money in order to keep the team from potentially walking away from the deal.

Lumber Liquidators Anticipates Bad Press In Upcoming “60 Minutes” Segment

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc.’s stock plunged yesterday after its CEO said “60 Minutes” will feature the retailer in an unfavorable light.

CEO Robert Lynch said the show will focus on product sourcing and a lawsuit brought against the company, alleging it violated safety laws with its use of formaldehyde.

The Toana-based company is America’s largest speciality retailer of hardwood flooring, with 350 stores nationwide, and is now just completing a one-million square foot distribution center at Henrico’s White Oak Technology Park.

Anthem Discloses 3.77 Million Virginians Affected By Data Breach

Richmond-based health insurance provider Anthem has disclosed that 3.77 million Virginians were affected by a data breach the company disclosed earlier this month.

It is the first time the nation’s second-largest health insurer has provided the actual numbers of current and former customers in Virginia dating back to 2004.

Henrico Panhandler Wins Major Court Victory

The Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the right of a homeless Henrico man to panhandle along county highways.

The court said Henrico’s ordinance against pan-handling in the medians and along the curbs was too broad and limits free speech.

Robert Reynolds, who is nearing 60, has been been fighting county authorities since the ordinance went into effect in 2008, and got some help from a noted international law firm, which took his case and won a major victory on appeal.

Dominion Proposes New Routes for Atlantic Pipeline

Dominion Transmission is proposing an alternate route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Across the Blue Ridge and through Nelson County.

It is a huge project--$5.5 billion dollars and 550 miles through three states that requires multiple federal, state and local permits.

Environmentalists called it a huge mistake and some Nelson County residents vowed to fight it until the project is dead.

University of Richmond Names New President

The University of Richmond has named the former president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts as its new president to succeed Edward Ayers, who is retiring on June 30, 2015.

Sixty-eight year old Ronald Andrew Crutcher has been a distinguished college administrator at a diverse range of institutions, the first cellist to receive a doctorate at Yale University, and will be the first African-American to serve as president of the University of Richmond.

Key Vote On Stone Brewery Proposal Postponed

Richmond City Council has delayed a key vote on the Stone Brewing deal for another week. Council members emerged from an apparently acrimonious closed-door session and postponed a vote on a land-transfer critical to the deal.

The million-dollar transfer of the old intermediate terminal building would pave the way for Stone’s future riverside restaurant phase, which could require the city to back another $8 million dollar bond issue on top of the $23 million already approved for the brewery.

It is also considered a threat by some local restaurants.

National Guard Remains On Duty In Wise County

Virginia National Guard Members remained in Wise County over the weekend, helping with storm relief.

Ten soldiers from a Cedar Bluff-based engineering company are on active duty in the county.

The soldiers have been delivering water to two locations, and they transported a resident who could not be reached by emergency service personnel. Two soldiers are working in the county emergency operations center.

US Investigating Female Student Complaints At W&L

The US Department of Education is investigating whether Washington and Lee University discriminated against a female student when she complained last Spring about a sexual assault.

The Roanoke Times reports this morning that W & L President Ken Ruscio informed students in a letter over the weekend that he was notified last week of the investigation and the university will fully cooperate.