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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.

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State Lawmakers Want More Accountability in Jail Death Investigations

State lawmakers studying mental health want the General Assembly to fund new investigators to review deaths in local jails. By November of this year, 39 inmates had died in local or regional jails in Virginia.

A House subcommittee wants the citizen-based board of corrections to be assigned professional investigators and staff from the department of corrections to begin the process of accountability. That legislation is likely to be presented in the 2017 General Assembly.

Bon Secours and Safe Harbor Announce Shelter for Human Trafficking Victims

Safe Harbor and Bon Secours Richmond Health System have announced the establishment of the first area shelter for victims of human trafficking.

It is a worldwide problem, but Henrico has prosecuted more cases than anybody else in Virginia.

It was a natural alliance between Bon Secours and Safe Harbor that began 16 years ago, that yesterday (12/6), culminated in the region’s first dedicated shelter for human trafficking victims. The confidential location will provide shelter for 15 residents next year, and plans to open in early January 2017.

VDOT Holds Public Hearing on Route 60 Corridor Through Powhatan

The Virginia Department of Transportation is conducting a citizen information meeting tonight (12/7) on efforts to prepare a special plan for growth along the U.S. 60 Corridor.

There will be good news tonight for citizens of Powhatan who want to retain the county’s rural environment. VDOT studied existing traffic patterns and worked with the county on their comprehensive plan. Along with the news that VDOT doesn’t see the need for new lanes in the next 20 years, residents are invited to hear the whole plan, and offer their suggestions.

High-Speed Rail Plan Just Released, Recommends More Study In Ashland

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has just released its draft recommendation on how to bring high speed rail to the Commonwealth and beyond.

The comprehensive plans show four tracks in Northern Virginia, then three through Fredericksburg, Central Virginia and Richmond, with two full service stations at Staples Mill and Main Street.

Richmond SPCA and Richmond Animal League Offer Freeand Reduced Fee Adoptions at Christmas

Christmas comes early for families wanting to adopt a pet. Both the Richmond SPCA and the Richmond Animal League are offering free, and reduced adoption fees this month.

At the SPCA, all adoption fees will be waived from now until December 13th. Adoptions typically cost $100 to $150 dollars, but Priority Automotive is covering the costs this holiday as they have for the past five years.

Meanwhile, adoption fees have been reduced to $10 at the Richmond Animal League in Chesterfield, thanks to a Petco Foundation grant. Their campaign runs from December 9th through the 23rd.

Supreme Court Review of Virginia Redistricting Won't Affect 2017 General Assembly

The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday (12/5) on whether race may have played too large a role in drawing a dozen electoral districts in Virginia, to the detriment of black voters.

Of the dozen state Legislative Districts that are part of the suit, four are in the Richmond area.

Gasoline Prices Spike As OPEC Cuts Production

Gasoline prices in Virginia have increased for seven consecutive days, as the result of OPEC’s decision to cut production last week.

OPEC’s decision to re-balance global oil supply to raise prices had an immediate effect in Virginia. Tammy Arnett at Triple A Mid-Atlantic says prices this time of year tend to drop, because of a cheaper winter blend and less driving.

Prices in Richmond yesterday (12/5) averaged $2.04, up from $1.95 a week ago.

US Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments Today in Virginia Legislative Redistricting

The United States Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on whether race may have played too large a role in drawing of electoral districts in Virginia, to the detriment of black voters.

The claim made by black voters is that a Republican-controlled Virginia legislature created districts with more black voters than necessary in twelve state legislative districts.

“It’s twelve districts in total, and there are four in the Richmond area, the 69, 70, 71 and 74”

Virginia Tech Professor Who Uncovered Flint, Michigan Lead Poisoning Says Problem is Pervasive

The Virginia Tech Professor who blew the whistle on lead poisoning in the Flint, Michigan Water Supply says water there is cleaner and safer, but his team is also concerned about dangers facing many public water supplies across the country.

To save money, Flint switched supplies and was importing lead-laced water from the Flint River. Officials denied it, but the Tech team confirmed it and the uproar that followed resulted in resignations, investigations and federal money to fix it. But the team learned something else.