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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

VDOT Warns of Black Ice, Crews Turn to Subdivisions

The weekend storm brought up to 16 inches in the Richmond area, the 11th highest total on record. There have been five storm-related deaths and many residents are still stuck in their homes. The Virginia Department of Highways is urging most people to stay there.

Interstates and primaries are clear, but yesterday’s melting and extreme low overnight temperatures have put an icy glaze over some of it.

VDOT crews are still working 24-7 and today will concentrate on subdivisions.

US Forest Service Rejects Latest Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route

The United States Forest Service has rejected the latest proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Richmond Times Dispatch says the Forest Service sent a letter to the pipeline company saying the proposed 42” pipeline could potentially damage the habitat of sensitive animal species protected by two national forests in Virginia and West Virginia, including salamanders and flying squirrels, and said alternatives must be developed. It effectively blocks the five billion dollar pipeline from passing through.

Major Snowstorm Bearing Down on the MidAtlantic

Forecasters say 5 to 12 inches of snow is still predicted in the Richmond area beginning tomorrow morning (1/22), as a major winter storm bears down on the Atlantic Coast. The forecast has not changed.

Eric Seymore, National Weather Service in Wakefield, says Louisa, Fluvanna and Charlottesville could get 18 inches to two feet, and Blizzard warnings are posted in D.C. and Baltimore.

Daisey Pridgen works at Dominion Virginia power, where they are expecting power outages, especially Saturday.

Neighbors Support Keeping Baseball on the Boulevard

At the first public meeting on the future of the Boulevard, residents expressed strong support for keeping baseball where it is.

The mayor wants to move the ballpark and the lease on the Diamond ends in 2017. But about 200 people showed up last night (1/19) to show support for the city’s minor league baseball team, and its home there.

Asked for a show of hands, only one person disagreed, and every resident who spoke favored keeping the Diamond where it is.

Massive Fire in Surry Shuts Down One of Virginia’s Most Famous Smokehouses

A massive fire has shut down one of Virginia’s most famous smokehouses, located in Surry.

Edwards Virginia Smokehouse was severely damaged yesterday (1/19), and has been shut down indefinitely.

Edwards Ham is a fourth-generation family owned company that produces some of the most sought-after ham in the country.

Several fire departments battled the blaze for hours late into the night. Nobody was hurt but the building was full of meat during the height of curing season and it is now closed indefinitely. It is too early to assess the damage.

Efforts to Decriminalize Adultery Fail Again In General Assembly Committee

Efforts to decriminalize adultery in Virginia have failed again. Legislation that would have changed adultery from a criminal to a civil offense was killed after minimal debate in a Senate committee yesterday (1/18).

The law is hardly ever enforced, but complicates divorce proceedings because spouses can invoke their Fifth Amendment shield against self-incrimination in a criminal case, and without an admission, adultery can be hard to prove.

National Weather Service Watching “Significant” Storm System

The National Weather Service has issued a “Skywarn” advisory for the end of the week. It’s not a forecast just yet, but they say something “big” is headed this way.

Jeff Orrock, Meteorologist in Charge of the National Weather service in Wakefield, says there may be a few flurries Wednesday night, but Thursday and Friday could bring a lot more.

Donald Trump at Liberty University

Front-running Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brought his campaign to Liberty University this morning.

Trump shared the stage with Christian singers, and Liberty President Jerry Falwell who was effusive.

Trump is courting Christian conservatives. Trump hit all the conservative hot buttons on guns, immigration, the military and Christmas.

Liberty says it doesn’t endorse candidates, but sends Trump off to Iowa in two weeks, with applause ringing in his ears.