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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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U.S. Rests Case Against McDonnells, Defense Starts Monday

The prosecution has rested its case in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, concluding by presenting the jury all of the tangible items they received from businessman Jonnie Williams in rapid succession.

FBI agents displayed Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta dresses, coats, shoes and accessories given to Virginia’s former first lady, and golf bags, clubs, shoes and other apparel given to the former Governor and his sons.

Food Rite Community Supermarket Will Pay $10,500 To Settle Federal Sex Discrimination Suit.

The operator of a Richmond grocery store will pay $10,500 to settle a federal sex discrimination lawsuit. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Food Rite Community Supermarket refused to hire a woman in October 2012 for a vacant part-time job as a courtesy van driver because of her gender, and filed suit. The lawsuit says a manager said it was because of concern that a female driver would be at greater risk of being assaulted and a man was eventually hired. A settlement was announced yesterday.

Triple A Says Gasoline Prices Have Dropped 20 Cents Since Late June

Triple A says the average price of gasoline at the pump has dropped 20 cents since late June and will likely go lower. For the first time since March 12, the national average has dropped below $3.50 per gallon, now at $3.48. Virginia is $3.26 and Richmond is $3.19.

Crude oil prices continue to trade below $100 per barrel and Martha Mitchell, of Triple A Mid-Atlantic, says pump prices have nowhere to go but down. The biggest potential threat would be a major hurricane striking the gulf coast, but it has been a quiet season so far.

USS Mahan Deployed For First Time Since Attack At Norfolk Naval Base

The Navy Ship that was the scene of a sailor being shot and killed at the Norfolk Naval Station is set to be deployed for the first time since the incident. The USS Mahan became a central part of a major investigation and security crackdown, after a civilian contract worker drove his truck past checkpoints on the base, boarded the ship, attacked a sailor, then killed a security guard who was attempting to help. He was later killed by Navy security forces.

Young African Leaders Conclude Six-Week Study In USA With President Obama

Twenty-five of Africa’s most promising young leaders who spent six weeks in  Virginia, have just capped off their visit with an exclusive town hall visit with President Obama.

Keywords:  Young African Leaders Initiative, University of Virginia, President Obama Town Hall Meeting, Jeff Legro, Provost for Global Affairs at UVA, August 12, 2014

Virginia Hires Executive Director For New Ethics Board

Virginia has hired an executive director to run a new ethics board, created in the wake of the gifts scandal surrounding former Governor McDonnell and his family. The Washington Post says Chris Piper, a longtime employee of the State Board of Elections, will move to Legislative Services, where the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council will be housed.

Chester Man Pleads Guilty In Death Of A VSU Student

A Chester man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in the slaying of a Virginia State University student last fall. Twenty-one year old Bryan Williams, Jr. entered his plea yesterday to second degree murder in the fatal shooting of 22-year old Eric Wilkins. Wilkins was shot in the back during late night party when he apparently tried to break up a fight that occurred when some “townies” crashed the party at the University Apartments in Ettrick.