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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

Major Widening of Midlothian Turnpike Begins Next Week

If you are headed west on Midlothian right now, just past Courthouse Road, you know all about it.

That 1.25 mile stretch goes from Alverser Drive just West of Courthouse Road to old Buckingham Road is a piece of roadway that has become a major headache, and now there are plans to do something about it.

The total project cost is close to $17 million. It’s part of a revenue sharing project recently made available from VDOT.

Major construction begins next week, mostly at night, with minimal traffic disruption anticipated.

Powhatan Woman Says Dog Died After Petco Left It In Dryer

A Powhatan County woman says her dog died while being groomed at a Petco store and the company says it is investigating the incident.

The story made the CNN national news this morning (6/2). Allison Marks reportedly dropped off her two-year old golden retriever, Colby, at the store in Chesterfield for a regular grooming and says when she called to check on the dog, she was told to meet an employee at a nearby animal clinic, where a veterinarian told her he believed Colby died of a heat stroke.

Howell Has Large Cash Advantage Over Opponent In Primary

Virginia House Speaker William Howell has a dominant cash advantage over his tea party rival in the June 9th primary election.

Howell’s campaign said yesterday (6/1) that it had raised more than $550,000 this reporting period.

A spokesman for his opponent, Susan Stimpson, says she has raised about $28,000.

Stimpson is a former political protégé, who has accused Howell of abandoning his conservative beliefs in favor of serving deep pocketed special interests.

VDOT To Repair Dangerous Intersection In Hanover

According to the US Census Bureau, Mechanicsville is not much more than a wide spot in the road, but that spot is about to get wider.

Starting right away, VDOT and contractors are moving utilities, modifying drainage in a $23 million dollar project to increase a six-lane stretch to eight, and actually move the intersection a tenth of a mile to the east. It will disrupt traffic for about two years with barrels and lane changes, and heavy equipment working under bright lights through the night.

Scott on Sidelines in Redistricting Battle

A legal battle is raging over whether Third District Congressman Bobby Scott’s District has too many black voters, but so far, the Congressman himself has not gotten involved. 

The Third is 56% black, a jagged line from Portsmouth to Richmond drawn in 2012 by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Democrats went to federal court to block it, and a panel of federal judges is now considering whether to force the legislature to redraw the district.

It could affect surrounding districts that are majority white. But Scott himself has not gotten involved.

Gasoline Prices Highest in 2015

Gasoline prices have reached a 2015 high across the nation. Tripe A says the average price of regular unleaded has rose .41¢ of the last 44 days, with the highest price of the year reached on Memorial Day at $2.74 and the week closing out just a fraction less, Virginia was $2.52 and Richmond was $2.59.

The increases are due to the usual reasons such as geopolitical tensions in the middle east. However the dollar is stronger and that puts downward pressure on prices.

In all, gasoline is still .91¢ cents a gallon cheaper than at this time last year.

Hurricane Season Begins

Hurricane Season Begins today (6/1), with a forecast of a quieter than usual season. But the experts remind us not to be complacent.

NOAA says the hurricane zones on the Gulf and  East Coasts have been quiet for decades, maybe too quiet, and not to be lulled by a forecast of a below average season.

Bill Sammler is the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather  Service, and he says Richmond and locations inland are definitely not immune.

Secretariat’s Birthplace Named to National Register of Historic Places

Secretariat’s birthplace has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Secretariat was born in what is now the Meadow Event Park in Doswell. In 1973, he became the nation’s first triple crown winner in 25 years, setting records at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes.

The National Park Service apparently announced yesterday (5/28) that Secretariats foaling shed, his training barn, and other sites of interest are now part of the National Register of Historic Places.

DA Says Evidence Was Enough to Convict M. McDonnell

Federal prosecutors says there is easily enough evidence to support former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s public corruption conviction.

In court filings yesterday (5/28), prosecutors told the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals that it is clear McDonnell took illegal steps to benefit a wealthy vitamin executive who lavished her and her husband with low-interest loans and expensive gifts.

GSA to Buy Land For Security Center at Ft. Pickett

The US State Department is moving ahead with plans for a Foreign Affairs Security Center at Ft. Picket in Nottoway County.

Ft. Picket is 50 miles Southwest of Richmond, and will soon become the home of a $461 million dollar training facility, to teach state department employees how to deal with terrorists. As many as ten thousand of them every year will learn about firearms, explosives, anti-terrorism driving techniques, defensive tactics, and security operations.

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