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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

Bear That Attacked Hiker Still Loose

A West Virginia wildlife official says a bear that attacked a Virginia man might never be captured. Colin Carpenter says the bear is still loose.

She attacked 59-year old Steven Krichbaum of Staunton, who was walking in the George Washington National Forest, when his dog went after her cubs. He was severely injured.

West Virginia regulations require that the bear be euthanized if caught, but officials say that is less likely as time goes on, and she doesn’t have any features to distinguish her from other bears in the wild.

McCain Campaigns For Gillespie In Norfolk

US Senator John McCain campaigned on behalf of Republican US Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie at a campaign event in Norfolk yesterday (9/4). The former Republican presidential nominee and Gillespie appeared at a rally at a Veterans of Foreign War meeting hall, where both criticized President Obama’s foreign policy and said that automatic spending cuts known as sequestration need to come to an end. While Gillespie says the military should not be immune from spending cuts, he said defense spending needs to be budgeted in accordance with national security priories.

Obesity Rates Double In 35 Years…Average American Weighs 24 Pounds More Than In 1960

The Trust survey says the average American is 24 pounds heavier today that in 1960, and obesity rates have doubled in the past 35 years, although the increase seems to be levelling off in Virginia and across the country. It is a disease that will take many resources at every level to control.

Dominion And Partners Plan A Five Billion Dollar Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Resources and other partners are proposing a five billion dollar, 550 mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline to connect the Southeast with the rapidly-growing supply of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The 42 inch wide pipeline in Virginia would go through ten counties South and West of Richmond from West Virginia to North Carolina and initially carry about 1.5 billion cubic feet per day.

State Police Report Ten Traffic Fatalities Over Labor Day Holiday Weekend

State Police say ten people died in traffic accidents over the four-day Labor Day weekend. That is up from nine fatalities during the same period last year. The fatal crashes occurred in Accomack, Roanoke, Chesterfield, Henry, King George, Prince George, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties. Four of the victims were not wearing seatbelts, alcohol was a factor in at least two.

Troopers arrested 109 impaired drivers, cited more than 11,850 for speeding and another 3, 480 for reckless driving.

Roanoke Infant Dies Of Apparent Heatstroke After Being Left In Closed Van

A prayer vigil was held last night for a two-year old girl who police say died Sunday after being left in a car seat in 90 degree heat. It happened in Roanoke.

Police say they received a report of an unresponsive child around 4:30 Sunday. Emergency responders pronounced the girl dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation indicates a parent accidently left the girl in a car seat, in a van, parked in the driveway. Temperatures in Roanoke reached 90 degrees Sunday.

AP Review Says Commission Chairman’s Family Business Got 21 Million

The Associated Press says that family members of the chairman of the so-called tobacco indemnification commission received a 21 million dollar economic development grant. The A.P. says the money went to a telephone cooperative run by family members of Terry Kilgore, a Republican state legislator and chairman of the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, which controls about 600 million dollars from the national tobacco settlement.