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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

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, Fairfax County remains the state’s largest, gaining 3100 hundred residents to nearly 1.14 million in 2014.

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.

Meals on Wheels Serves Number 7,000,000

Richmond area Meals on Wheels celebrates its seven-millionth meal this week. 

Volunteers Louise Tramontin and Otis Belk brought the seven millionth meal to 102 year old Helen Heinzen yesterday (5/19).

Tramontin herself is 98 and has been delivering meals since the program started in 1967.

Meals on Wheels of Central Virginia now serves more than 900 meals to about 700 clients scattered through 10 counties and four cities each day.   

VCU Prof to Study Russian Mining Town

VCU History Professor  George Munro has just won his third Fulbright grant to travel to Russia, this time to study the history of a mining town just north of the Arctic Circle. 

In the 1920’s, Kirovsk was an end of the road little town in Northern  Russia, named after a buddy of Stalin’s, and home to mostly reindeer and nomadic people.  Then, the Russians discovered rich mineral deposits.

Stalin’s exile’s worked the mines endured the winters, the rugged terrain, and a couple of underground nuclear explosions set off to dislodge some rock.