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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

Small Earthquake Hits Louisa County

Residents of Louisa County felt a small earthquake early Sunday morning (3/15).

The 2.8 magnitude quake occurred at 3:02 am, with the epicenter about six miles South of Louisa, only about a mile away from the epicenter of the earthquake in 2011 that caused $300 million dollars in damage, and was felt up and down the east coast .

There were no reports of injuries or damages due to Sunday’s quake and the Sheriff’s Department reported only a handful of calls.

Lumber Liquidators Offers Free Floor Tests For Concerned Customers

Lumber Liquidators said yesterday (3/12) it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to  help ease concerns.

The Toano-based company addressed concerns raised by a “60-Minutes” report that said their laminate flooring made in China contained high levels of formaldehyde.

In the nine days following the report, company officials say sales fell nearly 13% but are returning to normal, and shares plunged 50% to less than $30 dollars last week, but climbed back to $36.08 at the close yesterday.

Report Says Raising Legal Age to Buy Cigarettes Would Save Hundreds Of Thousands Of Lives

A federal report says raising the legal age to buy tobacco products to higher than 18 would likely prevent premature deaths for hundreds of thousands of people. The FDA currently does not have that power.

They convened a special panel to see what would happen if the minimum age were raised to 21, and the Institute of Medicine’s report said the age smokers start using tobacco is critical, and that at 19, smoking prevalence would drop by 3%, at 21, 12%, and at 25, 16% by the year 2100.

Navy Agrees To Homeport New Carrier In Norfolk

The US Navy has agreed to “homeport” its newest aircraft in Norfolk. It means thousands of jobs and about $100 million dollars a year or more for the regional economy.

The USS Gerald R. Ford is now under construction in Newport News, and will replace the USS Enterprise, which was also based in Norfolk. It is expected to join the fleet next year, bring the total number of US aircraft carriers back up to eleven.

When it arrives, five carriers would be positioned in Norfolk. A sixth would be at Newport News Shipbuilding undergoing a midlife overhaul.

Richmond Woman Dies In Five-Car Pileup On I-64

Virginia State Police say a Richmond woman died after a car was crushed between two tractor-trailers in a five-vehicle wreck on I-64 in New Kent County yesterday. Police identified the victim as 43-year old Jennifer P. Wilson, who died at the scene.

They say the accident occurred when a tractor-trailer plowed into traffic that had slowed because of a disabled vehicle near mile marker 214. Before it was over, there was a five-vehicle pileup.

Henrico Records Second Rabies Case In A Week

Henrico County has recorded its second rabies case in a week. This time, it was a dog fighting with an injured raccoon, whose remains were submitted to the state laboratory for testing and came back positive.

County police say in a news release that animal protection officers responded to a call Monday (3/9) about a dog fighting with an injured raccoon. The dog will receive a rabies booster and be quarantined at its home.

Dominion and Customers Contribute One Million to EnergyShare

Dominion Virginia Power says it is contributing one million dollars to a program to help customers pay high heating bills brought on by recent frigid temperatures. 

The EnergyShare program is one of last resort for the elderly, the ill and anyone facing financial hardships from unemployment or family crisis and needed help to pay energy bills.

CW Offers To Protect Iraqi Artifacts from ISIS

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has offered to house Iraqi artifacts to protect them from destruction by the Islamic State Group.

The foundation says Colonial Williamsburg made the offer to a team of Iraqi archeologists and museum experts who visited earlier this month and has drafted a memorandum of understanding offering to work with the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage.

Dominion Wants To Provide Less Rate Data

Dominion Virginia Power wants to provide less financial information to state regulators, including whether its rates are designed to provide a fair profit for investors.

It comes in the wake of a new law passed by the 2015 General Assembly which will freeze the base rates through at least 2022.

Dominion says as a result, the information is irrelevant to this year’s review.

Dominion filed the waiver request as part of the 2015 review.

Opponents say the company is trying to keep important details about its rates hidden from public view.

Delegate Joe Morrisey Completes Jail Term

Delegate Joe Morrisey, legislator by day and inmate by night, completed a jail term stemming from his relationship with a 17-year old receptionist at his law office.

He served a three-month work-release sentence, which coincided with the 2015 legislative session. Although some of his colleagues in the General Assembly discussed censuring him or expelling him, it never happened.