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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

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.

Virginia Exports Up Six Percent Last Year To 19.2 Billion

Exports of Virginia goods increased 6% last year to $19.2 billion dollars.

Virginia’s top export commodity was industrial machinery at $2.5 billion, electrical machinery was next, followed by vehicles and plastics.

Agriculture exports rose 16% to $2.9 billion.

For the 18th consecutive year, Canada topped the list of destination for Virginia exports, receiving 19%, China was second at 10% and Mexico third with 6%.

In all, Virginia goods were shipped to more than 230 destinations in 2014.

Council Approves Transfer For Stone Brewery Deal

Richmond City Council has unanimously approved a critical land transfer in the Stone Brewery deal.

The $45 million dollar brewery project that promised to revitalize an area of the city characterized by one council member as “no man’s land,” seemed jeopardized by council’s hesitancy to transfer land that Stone Brewing considered key to a future restaurant phase.

Richmond Marketing Class Works On Real-World Flu Shot Campaign

The flu season is beginning to wind down this year, but for a group of University of Richmond students, it was an opportunity to do something that really mattered, long before graduation.

Michelle Stoll at the Virginia Department of Health enlisted the help of students at a University of Richmond Marketing class to help them create a message with impact.

There were two marketing classes and five teams, who surveyed their peers to find out if they had gotten a vaccine and if not and what would motivate them.

VCU Professor Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Build a Better Battery

Arun Subramanian, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University has just been awarded a half-a-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, to build a better battery to help your smart phone work better and even power your car.

Key Vote On Stone Brewing Tonight

City Council tonight is set to take a key vote on the future of the Stone Brewing project.

Stone Brewing wants assurance that if it builds its brewery, the land will also be there for a riverside restaurant and park when it gets ready. 

City Council has already signed off on  the brewery, but has balked at a critical, one million dollar land transfer to pave the way for the restaurant. 

It is controversial.

Owners of Meadow Event Park Seek National and State Historic Designations

The owners of Meadow Event Park in Caroline County are seeking national and state historic designations for the site.

The park is the birthplace of Triple Crown winning Secretariat, the nation’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, setting records at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in 1973.

The owners of what is now Meadow Event Park in Caroline County think that deserves a place on the Virginia Landmark’s Register, which would then allow them to apply for the National Register as well.

Gas Prices Rising

Gasoline prices rising rapidly and that trend is expected to continue.

Virginians are already paying 25 cents more per gallon than they were last month, Richmonders are paying 32 cents more.

Oil supplies are plentiful, but the spike so far is because of  refinery issues, including cold weather and an explosion at a California refinery on the 18th.

And that is before the switchover to more expensive summer grade gasoline beginning in March, and that is before higher demands at the pump as consumers begin driving more.

Chesterfield Resident Dies When Minivan Crashes Through House

A Chesterfield county resident died (2/26) yesterday when a minivan left the road and ran completely through a home.

Police say the minivan’s driver had a major medical emergency and shortly before 6:00 p.m., ran off the road, into the victim’s home in the 1700 block of Greenfield Drive near Robious.

Chesterfield Fire Lt. Jason Elmore said the van ran completely through the house and wound up in the backyard.

The victim has not yet been identified.

The driver and passenger in the vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Richmond EDA Votes To Pay Redskins $285 Thousand To Cover Training Camp Shortfall

Richmond’s Economic Development Authority has voted to pay the Washington Redskins $285 thousand dollars to cover a second straight shortfall in city contributions to keep the training camp here. 

The idea was, sponsors would pick up most if not all of the half-a-million dollar tab the city promised to pay each year to help the team defray expenses in practicing here.

But that’s coming up short, and the EDA had to ante up the money in order to keep the team from potentially walking away from the deal.