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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

UVA Student, Bloodied in ABC Arrest, Files to Have Charges Dismissed

The UVA student who was arrested and bloodied by ABC agents outside a Charlotteville nightspot has filed to have the charges dismissed.

Martese Johnson’s bloody arrest was plastered over social media and national news outlets, when ABC agents wrestled him to the ground outside an Irish pub in the early morning hours of March 18th.

His lawyer, Daniel Watkins filed a motion Friday (5/22) to dismiss the charges in Charlottesville, citing a “lack of reasonable suspicion to detain him.” Watkins said said officer made a mistake, and acted beyond their authority.

House Speaker Howell Faces Challenger

Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell faced his first serious Republican primary challenger in a Frederickburg debate yesterday (5/24).

Hoping to capitalize on the same voter dissatisfaction that helped Dave Brat oust Eric Cantor last year, Susan Stimpson is taking on Howell in the House district that includes Stafford County and Fredericksburg.

They clashed over taxes, Medicaid and transportation in their first faceoff.

She tried to paint Howell as out of touch with conservative principals of low taxes and small government.

Lumber Liquidators CEO Abruptly Quits

Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company, that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China.

The Toano-based company said Lynch resigned “unexpectly,” and declined to give more details.

Shares tumbled more than 16% in trading yesterday (5/21). They have dropped a total of 73% since the CBS 60-minute report alleging they were importing laminate flooring from China with dangerous levels of formaldehyde, and the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges.

Free-Standing Independent Children’s Hospital

VCU Medical Center and Bon Secours Richmond Health System have pulled out of a plan to develop a free-standing, independent children’s hospital.

Officials at both health systems say it would be financially too risky in view of issues like Medicaid expansion, the future of Affordable Care premium subsidies and federal funds to train new doctors, and the core missions of both.

They will leave on the table a $150 million dollar offer from businessman William H. Goodwin, Jr., and his wife, Alice.

New Census Figures Show Growth In Four Of Five Metro Areas, Richmond City Up 6.7%

The US Census Bureau estimates for Virginia show healthy population gains last year in counties near the nation’s capital and in nearly all of the state’s largest cities. 

According to census estimates released yesterday (5/21), Fairfax County remains the state’s largest, gaining 3,100 residents to nearly 1.14 million in 2014.

Four of Virginia’s five largest cities gained. Virginia Beach is still the largest, followed by Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond and Newport News.

Richmond City’s population last year was almost 218,000, up 6.7% in four years.

Cataract Surgery: Charles Fishburne Reports from the Operating Room

Each year, three million Americans have cataract surgery to improve their vision. Recently, Charles Fishburne of 88.9 WCVE, was one of them and he shared his experience in this Science Matters report.

It is 2:10 p.m. Tuesday. I am in the pre-op room of Virginia Eye Institute’s Surgical Center. They are making me comfortable, attaching an IV and heart monitor and going through a checklist.

Matthew Hearing In Fairfax Case

Jesse Matthew, accused in the murder of UVA student Hannah Graham, will be in court tomorrow (May 22) on another, unrelated charge in Fairfax. 

Matthew is scheduled for trial next month in connection with a 2005 attack and sexual assault on a Fairfax woman, but his public defenders there have filed a motion asking to suppress any evidence in which the victim claims she recognizes Matthew as her attacker.

They say the victim offered only a vague description of her assailant at the time and argue that her memory may now be corrupted by media coverage of the case.

Triple A Predicts Highest Travel Numbers in a Decade

Triple A says the number of Virginians traveling during the Memorial Day weekend will the highest in a decade. 

Triple A MidAtlantic projects about one million Virginians will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday period.

It's the highest travel volume since 2005 and an increase of more than 4% from 2014.

They say gasoline prices are at their lowest level for the holiday in five years and that will contribute to the travel, along with a strong employment market and increased consumer optimism.

College Leaders Gather for Sexual Violence Summit

Community college leaders are gathering for a summit on sexual violence this morning (5/20). The summit is being held today at John Tyler Community College in Chester.

Attorney General mark Herring will deliver opening remarks during the training summit.

In addition to college administrators, there will be victim advocates, nonprofit organizations and about 150 attendees on hand to discuss best practices for preventing and responding to campus sexual violence in the community college setting.

Similar training has occurred for Virginia’s four-year institutions.

UVa Board Gives President Two-Year Extension

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors has extended the contract of President Teresa Sullivan for another two years. The board will have the option to replace her in October 2017, or give her another extension to October 2019.

Some view it as a compromise, to avoid further controversy. Sullivan’s administration has been peppered with high-profile incidents, including an a failed attempt by the Board of Visitors to fire her in 2012, immediately followed by a revolt by students and faculty.

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