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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

Key Vote On Stone Brewing Tonight

City Council tonight is set to take a key vote on the future of the Stone Brewing project.

Stone Brewing wants assurance that if it builds its brewery, the land will also be there for a riverside restaurant and park when it gets ready. 

City Council has already signed off on  the brewery, but has balked at a critical, one million dollar land transfer to pave the way for the restaurant. 

It is controversial.

Owners of Meadow Event Park Seek National and State Historic Designations

The owners of Meadow Event Park in Caroline County are seeking national and state historic designations for the site.

The park is the birthplace of Triple Crown winning Secretariat, the nation’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, setting records at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in 1973.

The owners of what is now Meadow Event Park in Caroline County think that deserves a place on the Virginia Landmark’s Register, which would then allow them to apply for the National Register as well.

Gas Prices Rising

Gasoline prices rising rapidly and that trend is expected to continue.

Virginians are already paying 25 cents more per gallon than they were last month, Richmonders are paying 32 cents more.

Oil supplies are plentiful, but the spike so far is because of  refinery issues, including cold weather and an explosion at a California refinery on the 18th.

And that is before the switchover to more expensive summer grade gasoline beginning in March, and that is before higher demands at the pump as consumers begin driving more.

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.