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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

Education Conference: Classrooms, Not Courtrooms: Discipline and Achievement Gaps

About 800 educators from around the state have just wrapped up a two-day conference in Richmond on discipline and achievement in public schools.

The Virginia Department of Education sponsored the conference called Classrooms Not Courtrooms: School Discipline and the Achievement Gap Institute.

The two-day conference focused on transforming policies and procedures to decrease racial and ethnic disproportionality in school discipline.

Tim Kaine Addresses Convention and Nation, Accepts Nomination for Vice President

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine introduced himself to the country last night at the Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, saying “I trust Hillary.”

The former Richmond mayor and Governor and now Senator from Virginia formally accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president.

Kaine highlighted his humble roots, introduced his family, talked about his faith, showed off his Spanish, and prepared to begin campaigning with Clinton on a weekend bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Science Matters: Clinical Microbiologist Says ZIKA Spreading Rapidly, Confounding the Experts

An award-winning biologist says the ZIKA Virus is spreading rapidly and proving to be more of a problem than experts all over the world had anticipated.

Arthur Guruswamy is an award-winning clinical microbiologist originally from Sri Lanka, who told an audience at the Science Museum of Virginia yesterday(July 27) the ZIKA virus is spreading rapidly.

There is no vaccine and no treatment, and he says the best approach is to kill the carrier before it spreads.

So far, none has been a carrier. All 38 Virginia ZIKA cases are travel-related.

Henrico County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program Is Seeking Volunteers

Henrico County is seeking volunteers to serve as advocates for children who may have been abused or neglected and are involved in the juvenile court process. It is a non-profit agency called CASA, for Court Appointed Special Advocates for the children.

Susan Tellier has been volunteering for 18 years. In an adult world of court proceedings that could change a child’s life, CASA speaks for the child.

VCU Surgeon Ranked Among Nation's Most Active in Deep Brain Stimulation

Patients from across the country and surgeons from around the world come to benefit from the practice and pioneering work of VCU Health’s Dr. Kathryn Holloway, who has been listed among the most active in the world in deep brain stimulation. Dr. Holloway relieves the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia and essential tremor, by inserting a probe deep into the brain.

Heat Wave Continues, Pavement Buckles, Dominion Urges Conservation

The heat wave continues, with pavement buckling Northbound Rt. 288 near Iron Bridge Road and closing it through rush hour today (7/26).

Dominion Virginia Power says demands are high and customers are urged to conserve energy.

Le-Hah Andersen at Dominion says we haven’t set any records the last three days, but power demands are high 17.7, 18.4 and 18.6, thousand megawatts.

Raise your thermostats to 78 when you’re away from home, keep shades closed, clear attic vents, using ceiling fans, postpone hot water usage, and unplug devices not in use.

Kaine Could Be Clinton's VP Pick

The Associated Press is reporting this morning (7/22) that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is likely Hillary Clinton’s choice for a running mate, and a decision could be announced today. Citing two Democratic sources, who cautioned that Clinton has not made a final decision and could change direction, the AP says Richmond’s Tim Kaine is the leading contender.

Kaine told reporters last night he was glad the waiting game was almost over.

The University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies Offers Program in Craft Beer Brewing

The University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies is launching a first-of-its kind professional certificate program in beer brewing.

Bobby Faithful and the Answer Brew Pub on West Broad Street is one of a dozen breweries partnering with the University of Richmond, not for college credit, but for training, networking, a certificate, and a better chance to get a job.

Tom Parfitt is the Senior Program Manager for Professional Development. The course aims to tap into Richmond’s booming craft brewing business.

Governor Announces $14.7 Million Dollar Grant To Combat Homelessness

Governor McAuliffe has announced $14.7 million dollars in a coordinated effort to end homelessness in Virginia, and there is progress.

The holistic approach, involving state and local agencies and groups that care, is apparently paying off. Homeless among veterans was even better, down 41% in the same period.

The $14.7 million is available on a competitive basis.

The Governor says homelessness declined 10.5% last year alone.

New Labeling For GMO Foods

Consumers will soon be able to see if food they buy has genetically-modified ingredients in it, as the President is prepared to sign into law legislation requiring it on the labels.

A Virginia Tech researcher says the new law is what people want, but could escalate the controversy over whether GMO foods are safe.