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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.

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Norfolk Police Recruits Tour Richmond’s Holocaust Museum

New Recruits from the Norfolk police department have just completed a tour of Richmond’s Holocaust Museum. Chief Michael Goldsmith says it is a first for the department, as a new group of 25 recruits came here to learn about duty, decency and service. He says the aim is to show them what can happen when power is untethered.

The Virginian-Pilot says tours like this are common at the National Holocaust Museum where some 90,000 police officers have gone through such a program.

Suffolk Police Shoot and Kill Man Armed With a BB Gun That Looked Like a Handgun

Police say Suffolk police have shot and killed a man armed with a BB gun, that looked like a handgun.

An eyewitness said 28-year old Corey Jason Achstein appeared “totally out of control,” and was chasing people with a handgun, shouting expletives, pointing the gun down the street and shouting, “do you want a piece of me…” when officers arrived on the scene, confronted him, told him to drop the gun and when he didn’t, shot him.

The gun turned out to be a BB gun. The man was white. The officers were placed on administrative leave, but neither was charged.

Seven People Injured When Car Careens Into Henrico Bus Stop

Police say seven people were injured, two critically, when two vehicles collided and one of them careened into a bus stop in Henrico yesterday.

Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley said one of the drivers and six people waiting at the bus stop were hospitalized after the accident. Among the injured were two children under the age of five, including one who was in critical condition.

Virginia Beach Mayor Pleads Guilty in Conflict of Interest Case

The Mayor of Virginia Beach has pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor charge of violating the state’s conflict of Interest Act.

Prosecutors say Mayor Will Sessoms voted dozens of times on issues which benefitted a bank where he was president.

He was charged with five counts, but four were dropped in a plea agreement. He had already resigned from the bank.

Republican State Senator Threatens To Strip Armed Guards From Governor’s Detail

Governor McAuliffe’s administration has dismissed a threat from a state senator to take away his armed guards.

Republican State Senator Charles Carrico, Sr., of Grayson county says he wants to strip funding for the Virginia State Police unit assigned to protect the governor in response to a series of executive actions on guns.

Carrico says "if he is so afraid of guns, then I’m not going to surround him with armed state policemen."

Washington Post: 1,000 Civilians Killed by Police in 2015

Nearly one thousand times this year, an American police officer has shot and killed a civilian. The Washington Post has just released its year-long study and found, among other things, that the kind of incidents that have ignited protests in many US communities, most often white police officers killing unarmed black men, represent less than 4% of police shootings. And most people who died at the hands of police were either wielding weapons, suicidal or mentally troubled, or ran when officers told them to stop.

Virginia Beach Mayor Faces Trial on Conflict of Interest Charges

The Mayor of Virginia Beach could on trial this morning charged with five counts on conflict of interest.

Mayor Will Sessoms is scheduled to appear before a judge for the first time in Virginia Beach General District Court this morning, and both the prosecution and defense are prepared to go forward with the trial.

He is facing five misdemeanor charges of violating the state’s conflict of interest laws, voting on development projects that involved loans from a bank where he was president. He has subsequently resigned from the bank.

State Police Campaign for a Safer I-95

Virginia State Police are participating in a campaign to improve traffic safety on Interstate 95.

The Drive to Save Lives operation began Saturday and ends on New Year’s Eve. It involves state police, highway patrols and local law enforcement on each state along the East Coast that contains a portion of I-95.

State police say the campaign focuses on seatbelt use, reckless drivers, speeding and impaired and distracted driving.

Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt To Retire

Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt is expected to announce his retirement from Congress today (12/23). The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the three-term Congressman will step down at the end of his term in 2016.

The Fifth is a sprawling 10,000 square mile district encompassing all or part of 21 counties and three cities, extending from the North Carolina line as far north as Fauquier County.

Hurt has served the district since his election in 2010, but people who know him say he has come to loath the political process in Washington.