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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-based Electronics Firm Developing Device To Detect Texting Drivers

ComSonics, based in Harrisonburg, is working on a radar gun-like device that would detect radio frequencies that emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone. Text messages and calls have different profiles that can be distinguished by the device. In Virginia and several other states texting is illegal, talking is not.

ComSonics revealed plans at the second annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit yesterday and said it was “close to production” but still had several hurdles to clear, including legislative approval and adoption by law enforcement.

Richmond CAO Byron Marshall Resigns

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Mayor Dwight Jones’s administration will make a formal announcement this morning, that Byron Marshall has resigned. It was described as “amicable,” though Marshall recently fought with the city auditors office over a report detailing an attempt to boost the retirement pension of one of his deputies, Sharon Judkins, as her employment was ending. Richmond’s Commonwealth Attorney investigated and found no criminal wrongdoing, but Marshall’s attorney criticized the report as “inaccurate.”

Gasoline Prices Continue To Fall Post Labor Day

Gasoline prices continue to fall, with the national average remaining under $3.50 per gallon for 40 consecutive days. The National Average Friday was $3.41, down 3¢ from the week before and 14¢ lower than this time last year. Virginia was $3.15, Richmond $3.07.

The average typically declines after Labor Day due to the end of the summer driving season and amply supply. Also, today marks the switch to a cheaper winter-blend.

Triple A sees a continued downward trend, with the usual cautions about hurricanes, refinery problems and geopolitical problems.

Henrico School Officials Predict More than 40% Of Schools Will Be Denied Accreditation

Henrico County School officials say they expected more than 40% of their schools to be denied accreditation this year. While state results are not out yet, school officials say by their own calculations the number of schools accredited with warning will jump. They say it reflects new assessments and new minimum scores, and similar increases across the state, but the school board says it wants to take “big steps” to boost SOL scores and have asked county government officials to begin spending more of the meal tax money to do it

Defense Begins Closing Arguments In Georgia “Peanut Trial”

Defense attorneys will begin closing arguments this morning (9/12) in the trial of three people accused of shipping tainted peanut better that ultimately caused nine deaths.

Yesterday, prosecutors said the owner of the George Peanut plant linked to the deadly salmonella outbreak knowingly approved shipments of the tainted food, “whatever the risk.”

VDH Officials Say Enteroviruis D68 Not Yet Confirmed

The Virginia Department of Health says recent outbreaks of respiratory disease among children have not yet been confirmed to be Enterovirus EV-68, even as cases increase in the region. HCA Virginia emergency rooms and pediatric intensive care units are seeing an increase in pediatric patients with symptoms of respiratory illness, making all three major hospital chains in the area reporting more activity.

Defense Rests In Peanut Corporation Of America Salmonella Poisoning Case

The defense has rested in the case of a former Virginia peanut company implicated in the deadliest salmonella outbreak in recent US history. The trial is in Georgia, where the plant is located.

Attorneys for three people charged in the salmonella outbreak have rested their cases in just one day after more than five weeks of prosecution.

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