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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

Union Bank and Trust Plans To Remain at Martin’s, Whatever the Name

Fallout from the impending sale of Martin’s Food Market Stores continues, with the announcement yesterday (3/31) that Union Bank and Trust expects to continue operating inside the Richmond stores, whoever owns them. Union spokesman Bill Cimino told the Richmond Times-Dispatch “We expect the leases to carry over with the new owner.”

There are provisions in the contract for either to terminate the relationship but he doesn’t see that coming.

Lexington Prosecutor Says Graffiti Not Conclusively Anti-Gay

Lexington Virginia’s top prosecutor says he has found no evidence that graffiti, spray-painted on a Washington and Lee building was intended to convey anti-gay sentiment.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher Billias says “we could not conclusively determine the graffiti was directly anti-gay.”

A student has been charged with felony vandalism after the messages were found on the side of student housing and several cars saying “flame boy,” and naming a student who lived there.

George Mason School of Law To Be Renamed In Honor of Former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

The George Mason School of Law is set to be renamed in honor of the late US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier this year.

The University announced yesterday it has received 30 million dollars in combined gifts to the George Mason Foundation, the largest gift in the school’s history. 20 million from an anonymous donor, 10 million more from the Charles Koch Foundation, which is well-known for its support of conservative political groups.

State Police Open Criminal Investigation Into Chinese Company

Virginia State Police have opened a criminal investigation into a Chinese company’s failed Appomattox factory project.

Lindenburg Industry LLC took $1.4 million dollars in taxpayer funds from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to manufacture industrial clean-air products. The company had promised to spend $113 million dollars to renovate a vacant furniture plant in the town of Appomattox and hire 349 people. It never happened.

And a Roanoke Times investigation discovered lax vetting of the company, which is still promising to pay the money back.

Alpha Coal Asks Asks Judge To Allow It To Break Union Contract

One of Virginia’s largest remaining coal companies, Alpha Natural Resources, has asked a judge to allow it to break its union contract in order to reorganize its finances.

Alpha filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy in August. Like other coal companies, it is dealing with a glutted global market, competition from natural gas, and increased government regulations.

Alpha has filed a petition asking a judge to allow it to break its union contract and modify its obligations for retiree health care benefits, saying it must cut costs in order to survive.

Keeping Redskins Training Camp To Cost City More

Redskins Summer Training Camp in Richmond is going to cost the city more this year. Four years into the eight-year deal, the cost of keeping the Redskins here is more than $360,000 dollars, up $75,000 over last year.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the city’s Economic Development Authority wrote a check this week as part of the city’s promise to provide $500,000 a year to help defray the cost of the team’s training here.

Sponsorships and rental space in a building constructed for the camp have not met expectations.

VCU’s Will Wade Agrees to New Eight-Year Contract

VCU Coach Will Wade has agreed to a new, eight-year contract, following the Ram’s successful season that took them to the second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

The new deal, announced yesterday (3/29), extends Wade’s contract through the 2023-2024 season and includes $750,000 dollars in enhancements for the basketball program, including salary increases for Wade and his assistants.

Wade’s original contract, signed last year, paid him $1 million dollars this season, plus more than $215,000 in incentives.

Republican Representative Barbara Comstock Gives Away Trump Donations to Her Campaign

Virginia’s Tenth District Representative has given away money donated to her campaign by Donald Trump, saying he is a bad role model.

First-term Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has taken the $3,000 dollars donated to her re-election campaign by Donald Trump and given it to recuperation centers for wounded veterans.

Comstock represents a key swing district that includes a diverse electorate and won her first seat in 2014 in a heavily-contested and expensive contest.

Virginia Uranium, Inc. Goes To Court to Lift Uranium Mining Moratorium

Virginia’s moratorium on uranium mining is facing a court test today (3/30).

Attorneys for a mining company and the Virginia Attorney General’s office are due in Wise County Circuit court today.

Virginia Uranium, Inc., is asking a judge to allow it to tap a rich deposit of uranium or order the state to compensate the company nearly $500 million dollars for the taking of its property.

The state wants the case dismissed, or moved to Richmond.

CSX Crew Stops Train, Ends Shift, Blocking Traffic In Ashland for Hours

A CSX train crew parked its train and quit work for the day in Ashland Saturday (3/26), sealing off access to a couple of housing developments and raising questions about why it happened and how to prevent its happening again.

It was a holiday weekend, and other trains were running late, but as a train from Cumberland, Maryland rolled into Ashland on its way to the Acca Yard in Henrico, the shift ended, and the crew shut the train down right where it was just South of Ashland alongside Center Street.

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