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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

Clean Energy Advocates Want a Comprehensive Review of Proposed Natural Gas Pipelines

Virginia legislators and clean energy advocates are seeking a comprehensive review of natural gas pipelines that include two that would be laid from West Virginia through Virginia.

They plan to tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today (10/26) that the present review process is piecemeal and the proposed pipeline projects are too big and too dangerous to the environment not to have a comprehensive review.

DKJ Holds Second Public Hearing on Proposed Apartment Development on West Cary

A proposal to develop Richmond’s old bus depot on West Cary Street into high-end apartments got a second look last night (10/22).

DKJ Richmond is set to buy the depot and build 280 apartments, but must first hold public hearings as part of the $9 million dollar purchase agreement with GRTC, and last night was the second.

Once again, parking topped the list of concerns from the 60 or so who attended.

The developer plans 320 spaces which they say should be more than adequate, but announced last night they were working to secure 84 more for nights and weekends.

Lumber Liquidators Pleads Guilty To Environmental Crimes, Agrees To Pay $13.2 Million

Lumber Liquidators yesterday (10/22) pleaded guilty to environmental crimes and agreed to pay a $13.2 million dollar fine.

The Toano-based company entered a plea agreement to one felony and four misdemeanors in US District Court, and agreed to pay the $13.2 million to end a federal investigation.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says the company apparently believed going to court would be worse.

William and Mary Receives Largest Single Gift in History, Boosts Campaign Goal To One Billion

The College of William and Mary has received a $50 million dollar donation, on its way to a billion dollar goal.

The $50 million is the largest single gift in the school’s 323-year history. Both the business and law schools will receive $22 million to support mostly scholarships the rest will go toward improvements to athletic facilities.

State Attorney General’s Office Says Dominion Should Abandon Third Reactor Plans at North Anna

The Virginia Attorney General’s office says Dominion Virginia Power should abandon its plans to build a third reactor at North Anna.

Dominion is set to spend nearly $2 billion by the end of 2018, and an estimated $19 billion to build the third reactor in at the North Anna Plant in Louisa if it gets federal and state approval and decides to proceed with it.

Dominion’s 15-year outlook is under scrutiny by the State Corporation Commission this week, and Assistant State Attorney General William Reisenger testified that’s too much for speculation and too much to build.

Petersburg’s Superintendent of Schools Resigns

Petersburg’s Superintendent of Schools has resigned after less than three years on the job.

Joseph Melvin’s resignation came by letter and was read at a work session of the school board last night. He was not there.

Petersburg has struggled with accreditation issues and has seen seven superintendents come and go in 15 years, three in the last eight.

The school board voted unanimously to accept Melvin’s resignation, saying “it was in the best interest of the school division.”

Fatal Shooting in Chesterfield County

One person is dead, and another wounded after a shooting in Chesterfield County last night (10/21).

Police answered a call about 8:20 p.m. for a report of a shooting in the 3100 block of Dupuy Road near Virginia State University.

They say two males were transported to Southside Regional Medical Center where one was pronounced dead, the other had non-life threatening injuries. Names are being withheld until family members can be notified.

Virginia Department Of Health Launches Campaign To Help Smokers Quit

The Virginia Department of Health has just launched a 31-day campaign to help smokers quit. There are 1,159,359 adult Virginians who still smoke, more or less.

Jayne Flowers from the Virginia  Department of Health says they have begun this 31-day campaign, Countdown to Quit Day, with Facebook and Twitter and a Quit Line with counselors standing by.

The goal is to quit by November 19th and the place to go for more information is

UVA Student Martese Johnson Files Three Million Dollar Lawsuit Against ABC Agents

A University of Virginia Student, bloodied in an arrest by ABC agents outside a Charlottesville nightspot in March, has filed a $3 million dollar lawsuit.

Martese Johnson filed the suit against the three agents who arrested him.

Another UVA student, Elizabeth Day, settled her suit for $212,000 dollars. ABC agents mistook her sparkling water for beer, pursued her across a parking lot, pulled a gun, banged on her car window and arrested her. Both incidents got national press and social media attention.

Unemployment Rates Drop For Third Consecutive Month, But State Loses Jobs

Virginia’s unemployment rate was 4.3% in September, lowest it has been since 2008, even though the state lost a total of 200 jobs last month.

The numbers are down, but not as much as the national average.

The jobless rate was down, but state officials caution that Virginia’s job growth continues to lag behind the nation, and its unemployment rate is dropping because the labor force is shrinking, due primarily to cuts in federal spending, which impact Virginia more than most.