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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 Hospital and Health Association Launches Campaign for Passage of Medicaid Expansion

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association says the state’s hospitals are under serious financial strain and need help.

It is an advocacy group and the help they are talking about is Medicaid expansion. The Association held a news conference yesterday (9/16) to spell it out.

They say one-third of Virginia’s acute care hospitals had negative operating margins in 2013. In rural Virginia, 17 of 37 acute care hospitals operated in the red that year.

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Postpones Decision On High-Tech Ticketing

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has once again balked at a proposal to put cameras on school buses and automatically ticket drivers who pass them illegally. They have already embarked on an aggressive enforcement campaign and want to see if it works.

That’s the law and the board wants to know whether people are obeying it. They have asked the school district for more data on how many people are still passing stopped buses, before revisiting high tech ticketing.

Security for UCI Race In Place

Virginia Law enforcement officials say they are confident that they are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of riders and spectators at the upcoming UCI Road World Championships.

The race begins this weekend (9/19). Promoters expect 450,000 visitors to line the streets downtown and a security plan that has been in the works for years will kick in to keep them safe.

It will involve hundreds of law enforcement personnel from Richmond, Henrico, the University of Richmond and Capitol police, the FBI, the National Guard and other agencies.

State Lottery Will Keep Its Headquarters Downtown

Virginia State Lottery Officials say they will keep their headquarters in downtown Richmond.

They have been there all along, but had to leave the old headquarters in the Pocahontas Building at 900 E. Main as part of a renovation around Capitol Square.

They had considered a move to the suburbs, but chose instead to move their 200 downtown employees into new space at Main Street Center three blocks away, after the mayor and five state lawmakers lobbied to keep it in the city and the Governor made the space available.

The move is expected in the Spring of 2016.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Charged In the Death of Virginia Tech Student Six Years Ago

A grand jury has indicted a man already charged with killing a University of Virginia student with death of a Virginia Tech student.

Twenty-year old Morgan Harrington disappeared six years ago after attending a concert in Charlottesville. Now, Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., has been charged with her death.

The Albermarle County Commonwealth’s attorney;s office said yesterday (9/15) a grand jury has indicted him and he is charged with capital murder.

Authorities had previously said forensic evidenced linked him to Harrington, but provided no additional details.

Democratic Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders Campaigns in Lynchburg

Democratic President Hopeful Bernie Sanders was in Lynchburg yesterday (9/14) on a declared campaign stop at Liberty University.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, whose recent rise in the polls have shocked “even himself” spoke to thousands of evangelical college students, who usually support Republicans, and he told them that what he calls the massive injustice of income and wealth equality should unite people across the political spectrum.

City Council Approves Resolution Supporting Free-Standing Children’s Clinic

Richmond City Council has voted to support a free-standing children’s hospital on North Boulevard.

The amended resolution was more sentiment than commitment. Some council members were concerned over a clause directing the city staff to study economic development around the hospital without any guarantee that the project could survive without partnering health systems, and stripped it before the vote.

Opponents still fear it could open the door for the city to promote 61 acres off the Boulevard now occupied in part by the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Moses Malone Dies From Cardiovascular Disease That Affects Millions

Moses Malone died this week from a cardiovascular disease that millions of people have and know nothing about.

Moses Malone was 60 when he died.  A friend said he had visited a doctor in Houston last week after he felt his heart skip, and was wearing a heart monitor when he was found.  But the disease  is insidious.

Juvenile Crime Offenses Down In Newport News Following Curfew

Newport News officials say a public curfew has resulted in a decline in juvenile crime.

City Council passed stricter curfew regulations this Spring after a 13-year old and a 17-year old were fatally shot on a Monday night during Spring break.

And the curfew appears to be working. Officials say 44-juveniles were taken to a center during its first 60 days of operation and charged with 74 offenses including curfew violations.

But juvenile crime has dropped from 254 to 214 offenses from June through August compared to the same period last year.

Triple A Reports Lowest Summer Gasoline Prices In A Decade

Triple A reports the summer driving season has ended with the lowest national average gas prices for the Labor Day holiday in more than a decade.

The national average was $2.34 Sunday (9/13), with motorists paying over a dollar less per gallon compared to the same time last year.

Prices in the Richmond area are even lower. Gas Price Watch reports over the weekend more than two dozen stations scattered across the area charging less than two dollars, with one Valero on Midlothian Turnpike selling a gallon for $1.94.