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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

McCain Campaigns For Gillespie In Norfolk

US Senator John McCain campaigned on behalf of Republican US Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie at a campaign event in Norfolk yesterday (9/4). The former Republican presidential nominee and Gillespie appeared at a rally at a Veterans of Foreign War meeting hall, where both criticized President Obama’s foreign policy and said that automatic spending cuts known as sequestration need to come to an end. While Gillespie says the military should not be immune from spending cuts, he said defense spending needs to be budgeted in accordance with national security priories.

Obesity Rates Double In 35 Years…Average American Weighs 24 Pounds More Than In 1960

The Trust survey says the average American is 24 pounds heavier today that in 1960, and obesity rates have doubled in the past 35 years, although the increase seems to be levelling off in Virginia and across the country. It is a disease that will take many resources at every level to control.

Dominion And Partners Plan A Five Billion Dollar Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Resources and other partners are proposing a five billion dollar, 550 mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline to connect the Southeast with the rapidly-growing supply of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The 42 inch wide pipeline in Virginia would go through ten counties South and West of Richmond from West Virginia to North Carolina and initially carry about 1.5 billion cubic feet per day.

State Police Report Ten Traffic Fatalities Over Labor Day Holiday Weekend

State Police say ten people died in traffic accidents over the four-day Labor Day weekend. That is up from nine fatalities during the same period last year. The fatal crashes occurred in Accomack, Roanoke, Chesterfield, Henry, King George, Prince George, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties. Four of the victims were not wearing seatbelts, alcohol was a factor in at least two.

Troopers arrested 109 impaired drivers, cited more than 11,850 for speeding and another 3, 480 for reckless driving.

Roanoke Infant Dies Of Apparent Heatstroke After Being Left In Closed Van

A prayer vigil was held last night for a two-year old girl who police say died Sunday after being left in a car seat in 90 degree heat. It happened in Roanoke.

Police say they received a report of an unresponsive child around 4:30 Sunday. Emergency responders pronounced the girl dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation indicates a parent accidently left the girl in a car seat, in a van, parked in the driveway. Temperatures in Roanoke reached 90 degrees Sunday.

AP Review Says Commission Chairman’s Family Business Got 21 Million

The Associated Press says that family members of the chairman of the so-called tobacco indemnification commission received a 21 million dollar economic development grant. The A.P. says the money went to a telephone cooperative run by family members of Terry Kilgore, a Republican state legislator and chairman of the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, which controls about 600 million dollars from the national tobacco settlement.

Three People Die In Head-On Collision On Eastern Shore

Virginia State Police say three people have been killed in a head-on collision on the Eastern Shore. The accident occurred Saturday evening shortly after eight, when police say a van crossed over the center line of US Route 13 near Keller in Accomack County and hit a car. The driver and two of the five passengers died at the scene. A 13-year old boy was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Two girls, eight and nine, receiverd minor injuires.

NASA Tests New Suborbital Rocket Deployment

NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new payload deployment method for suborbital rockets. From Virginia’s space port at Wallops island, NASA says a Black Brant IX rocket was launched just before dawn yesterday to test a new deployment method using small rocket motors to eject sub-payloads from the rocket’s main payload.

The testing including releasing vapor traces in space that were visible in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. NASA is now reviewing the data on the rockets performance.