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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

Senator Asks Agencies to Investigate Lumber Liquidators

Lumber Liquidators, subject of a scathing “60 Minutes” report Sunday, is facing more possible federal investigations.

Senator Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has asked three federal agencies to test the company’s laminate flooring to determine if it contains unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

His letter went to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Trade Commission.

Shares fell another 12.6% yesterday, closing at $35; last week they were worth $70.

Sweet Briar Alumnae Will Fight To Keep School Open

A Group of Sweet Briar Alumnae says it will fight to keep the doors open, after the board announced yesterday, the school would close this summer. 

Most were shocked at yesterday’s announcement that Sweet Briar was facing insurmountable financial difficulties and would shut its doors forever this summer. 

But more than 165 alumnae from around the country joined in a conference call to try to save the college. 

Richmond Peace Center’s 2015 Peace Essay Contest And Last Year’s Winner

The Richmond Peace Center is again seeking students to enter their annual essay contest and the young winners provide lessons for all of us.

Sive Howell was 12 years old when she wrote about a young Pakistani girl her age who defied the Taliban for her right to go to school.

The theme for this year’s essay contest comes from the Dali Lama

The contest is open to Primary, Elementary, Middle and High School Students

Hopewell Water Plant Back In Operation Following Spill

Hopewell’s water supplier has resumed production after a 600 gallon diesel spill late Monday (3/2) shut the plant down and threatened to disrupt the city water supply.

Schools dismissed students early, officials issued a notice for residents to boil their water during the next two days beginning last night at nine, and officials prepared for an emergency lack of water after the fuel leak was noticed in the Appomattox River late Monday.

Crews immediately went to work to clean the river and by late yesterday tests found no trace of the diesel fuel.

Sweet Briar College To Close Due To Financial Issues

Sweet Briar College will shut down this summer (2015) because of financial issues. 

The private women’s college in Lynchburg has been a Virginia institution since 1906, but a decline in students, despite an unsustainable tuition discount rate, has resulted in what President James F. Jones calls insurmountable financial challenges, and though he and the board and several alumnae have searched for solutions, they found none.

Chesterfield Daycare Operator Sentenced In Fatal Fire

Forty-six year old Laurie Underwood pleaded guilty yesterday to operating the in-home day care without a state license.

She was caring for eight children in her home last October, when a fire in a garage filled the house with smoke. She and seven children got out safely.

One year old Joseph Matthew Allen did not, he died the next day.

Chesterfield District Judge James O’Connel sentenced Underwood to 12 months in jail, with four suspended.

Armed Robbers Heist Five Million In Gold Bars From Armored Truck On I-95

Armed robbers have hijacked an armored truck on an isolated stretch of I-95 and made off with almost five million dollars worth of gold.

It happened in Wilson County, North Carolina when the armored vehicle began having mechanical troubled, pulled off the road, and the guards were immediately surrounded by three armed men driving a white van, who ordered them to lie on the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and marched them into nearby woods.