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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

Pentagon Accidently Ships Live Anthrax To Labs Including Virginia

The Pentagon says it inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores to as many as nine laboratories and is investigating how it happened.

One of those labs is in Virginia. It has not been disclosed exactly where.

The labs were supposed to receive dead, or inactivated anthrax samples for research. The live spores were shipped from Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, a defense department facility, to government and commercial labs in the nine states.

Contact with live anthrax spores can cause severe illness.

Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Delays Vote On School Bus Cameras

Chesterfield County Supervisors have voted to delay action on a proposal to equip school buses with cameras to automatically ticket drivers who pass while children are boarding. 

The vote to delay came last night when most board members said they were not yet convinced it would make students safer. 

While the school board unanimously approves the idea, the board of supervisors would have to approve an ordinance to allow police to write the tickets, which would levy a $250 fine. 

FTC Approves Reynolds-Lorillard Merger

Reynolds American’s proposed $25 billion dollar acquisition of rival Lorillard has cleared a key regulatory hurdle on its way to uniting some of the nation’s top cigarette brands.

The Federal Trade Commission gave its consent yesterday after wrapping up a 10-month review, that concluded Reynolds previously announced divestiture plans will be enough to preserve competition in the US cigarette market.

Reynolds is selling its Kool, Salem, Winston and Maverick brands to UK’s Imperial Tobacco for $7.1 billion, the Lorillard Blue e-cigarette and its Greensboro plant.

Cuccinelli Settles Suit Against PAC He Says Conducted Scam

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has settled a lawsuit on favorable terms with a conservative poltical action committee he says engaged in a national fundraising scam. 

Cuccinnelli says the Arlington-based Conservative StrikeForce PAC used his name, raised $2.3 million dollars and donated only $10,000 of it to his failed gubernatorial campaign against Democrat Terry McAuliffe in 2013.

Nine Traffic Fatalities in Virginia Over the Holiday Weekend

Virginia State Police say nine people died in the state from traffic accidents over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. That is one more than last year.

The fatalities occurred in the counties of Albermarle, Campbell, Franklin, Page, Prince George, Prince William, Rockingham and Roanoke.

Three involved alcohol. Four were not wearing seat belts. One involved a pedestrian and one a motorcycle.

During the long holiday weekend,  troopers responded to 768 crashes statewide.

Tax Holiday As Hurricane Season Approaches

Virginians who want to stock up on batteries, bottled water and other supplies for the hurricane season are getting a tax break this week.

It started Monday (5/25) and ends Sunday night (5/31). A sales tax holiday will spare residents state and local levies for items priced $60 or less, and bigger ticket items such as generators priced at $1,000 or less.

The full list of eligible products is available at tax.virginia.gov.

The Hurricane season officially begins June 1st.

Governor Names New IT Chief

Governor McAuliffe has named the former IT chief of the US House of Representatives to run the Virginia Information Technologies Agency.

Nelson Moe will take over as CIO at a time the state is seeking to restructure its IT services to make them more cost effective, more cutting edge and more secure.

The Governor says Nelson Moe is a high-energy results-driving IT executive with a track record of leadership.

Before he worked for the House, he served as an officer aboard a US nuclear submarine.

Toddler Shoots Self With Gun Found on Dresser

Police say a two-year old boy shot himself accidently after finding a loaded handgun on the top of a dresser.

It happened yesterday (5/25) at a home in the Meherrin area of Lunenburg County.

Police say the two-year old was alone in the bedroom when he found and fired the gun.

He was taken to VCU Medical Center, but his condition has not immediately been disclosed.

The Lunenburg County Sheriff says the boy and his parents were visiting the residence and an investigation is underway but no charges have been filed.

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