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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

Son of Former State Senator Kills Estranged Wife’s Boyfriend, Himself

The son of a former state senator reportedly shot and killed his estranged wife’s boyfriend, then took his own life yesterday (9/22).

Authorities say 36-year old Todd Houck confronted the boyfriend and his estranged wife at motel in Bowling Green around 8:00 a.m. yesterday morning, shot and killed him, and abducted her, fleeing north on I-95.

The boyfriend, 36-year old Jeremy Gift died.

Houck led police on a 30-mile chase, finally struck a police cruiser, came to a stop and shot himself. The woman was unharmed.

Virginia State Police Report on Martese Johnson Case Released

A State Police report on UVA student Martese Johnson’s bloody arrest outside a Charlottesville nightspot says the ABC officers involved did not violate any of the department’s general orders for reasonable use of force.

It is the latest and last of the official findings about the case that drew national attention, released yesterday (9/22) by the Governor’s office, who ordered the investigation.

VMI Identifies Cadet Who Died During Physical Training Monday

Virginia Military Institute says a cadet died after he collapsed during routine physical training.

VMI has identified the cadet as 18-year old Sean Duc Hoang of Fairfax, who died Monday afternoon (9/21) after taking part in routine physical training.

According to a release, Hoang received immediate aid from VMI medical personnel before being transported to Carilon Stonewall Jackson Hospital where he died.

The State Medical Examiner’s officer will determine the cause of death.

Richmond Sees Lower Than Expected Revenue From Bike Races

If the movie mantra “show me the money” were applied to bike races, Richmond hasn’t seen it yet.

Richmond officials predicted the race will bring in $3.8 million in local taxes and bring an economic boost of about $129 million.

The bottom line could prove that optimistic. But that optimism could be currency of another kind, a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post called the races “optimistic” and said Richmond has been steadily evolving from a sleepy, genteel Southern town into a vibrant, if not hip place that welcomes diversity, food, the arts, and sports.

State Council of Higher Education Hears Plea for Stable and Sustainable Support

The Presidents of Virginia’s public colleges and universities say higher education is in trouble.

Speaking before a meeting of the State Council of Higher Education yesterday (9/21), William and Mary College President W. Taylor Revely, III said “we can no longer assume, as the state has assumed, everything will be ok,” that there is a need for funding that is stable and sustainable, and that the state should set some institutions, “free” and allow them to rely on tuition dollars from out-of-state students rather than state support.

SCHEV To Meet Today On Strategic Plans

Higher education officials and school presidents will discuss the future of Virginia’s colleges and universities today (9/21). They will be looking at the state’s strategic plan for postsecondary education at a meeting in Petersburg.

The Virginia plan for Higher Education includes aligning resources among K-12, community colleges and universities.

Today’s agenda includes a discussion of higher education’s preliminary recommendation for the next biennial budget.

Former Virginia Peanut Company Executive Faces Life In Prison

A former Virginia peanut company executive, convicted of shipping tainted food and faking lab tests could be sentenced to prison for life.

A sentencing hearing is set today (9/21) in Georgia for 61-year old Stewart Parnell, convicted a year ago of crimes linked to a salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine people and sickening 714.

Judge W. Louis Sands has calculated he faces up to 803 years in federal prison.

His lawyers say nobody has ever faced life in prison in a food-related crime before. Prosecutors say he deserves it and want to send a message.

Second Day of Racing For UCI Road World Championship

Today (9/21) will see younger riders competing in the women’s junior time trial and the men’s U23 time trials. The 15 kilometer course begins downtown at North Fifth and East Broad, heads west on Monument, then south over the river on the Lee Bridge,  loop back onto the bridge head north through downtown and finish at North Fifth and East Broad streets.

Ramps from I-95 North and South to Broad are closed for the duration, as well as streets along the route.