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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

Million Dollar Tech Fire Destroys Home of a Future Prototype

A million dollar fire destroyed a Virginia Tech Research Facility about four miles off campus Sunday night (2/12).

It also destroyed one of Virginia Tech’s most ambitious projects to improve the homes we live in. The building that burned was the construction and fabrication shop for Tech FutureHaus, a prototype to define the future of smart, sustainable housing.

The research facility was levelled and the prototypes destroyed but plans to rebuild are already under way.

Yesterday’s High of 82 Sets a Record

Yesterday’s (2/12) high temperature set an all-time record in the area. Nothing else is even close.

At Richmond International, it topped out at 82 degrees, a record for February 12th.

A front brought some brief rain and dropped the temperature to 48 degrees at 4:00 a.m., and there were wind advisories for some areas today.

Today is closer to normal, down about 30 degrees with a high around 50.

McGuire VA Medical Center Develops Artificial Limb with Computer Interface to Brain

Doctors and Researcher at McGuire VA Medical Center have just developed a revolutionary prosthesis that takes commands directly from the brain. “Yeah, we have a small electric motor here…(snap)…when the impulse goes from his brain and into the computer and comes back to here, it activates the switches,” said John Fox, Chief of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Lab and the one who collaborated with Dr. Douglas Murphy, to build an artificial leg that literally “reads your mind.”

Chesterfield Home Values Almost Complete Recovery From 2008 Recession

Home values in Chesterfield County have made an almost complete recovery from the 2008 recession, and it makes county planning easier, and an increase in the tax rate less likely.

Americans lost trillions of dollars in home values during the recession, but in Chesterfield, it’s all coming back. “Oh, this is good news…,” Lou Lassiter, Deputy County Administrator says, “People’s home values have rebounded to 97% of where they were back in 2008.”

Sweet Briar College Announces New President

Sweet Briar College, one of 39 remaining all-women’s colleges in the nation, has just announced a new president to lead it in the next phase of its recovery effort.

Sweet Briar, which almost closed its doors two years ago, yesterday (2/6) introduced a new president on campus, calling her a bold and strong agent of change.

Meridith Woo is a former dean at UVA, and more recently helped develop colleges in the former Soviet block, and higher education for refugees in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. She becomes the college’s 13th president May 15th.

Heart Transplant Recipient And Doctor Urge Donors To Help Others On Waiting List

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world and in the United States for both men and women.

This is American Heart Month and 88.9 WCVE’s Charles Fishburne visited with a heart transplant survivor, who says he now has a new mission for his life. Kinzo Evans and Dr. Keyur Shah talk about Evans’ recent heart transplant and urge people to consider organ donation to help those on the waiting list.

Henrico County Board Chairman Dick Glover Dies Suddenly At The Age Of 82

The Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors died suddenly last night, at the age of 82. It was sudden and a shock to his colleagues.

Dick Glover joined the board in 1988 as was appointed just last month as its chairman for the sixth time. He served the Brookland District and was known for his work in planning, residential development and the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, among many other things.

County Manager John Vithoulkas said “we are in a state of shock…he was a pillar of strength and what he did for the county immeasurable.”

Wason Poll Front-Runners for Govenor: Gillespie and Northam, But Most Undecided

An early poll from Christopher Newport University in thegovernor’s race confirms the expected front-runners for both parties, but asCharles Fishburne reports, there are many undecideds, and room for change.

The Wason poll is a first indicator of who is top-running for Virginia’s next governor.

Rachel Bitercofer is assistant director. She says 50 percent of Republicans are undecided at this early stage, and 60% of the Democrats polled have not made up their minds.

Director Quentin Kidd says anything could happen.

Nestle To Relocate U.S. Headquarters To Northern Virginia

Nestle, the world’s largest packaged food company, will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Northern Virginia.

Governor McAuliffe says the global powerhouse, with worldwide sales of about $9.7 billion, will move from Glendale, California to Rosslyn, bringing with it hundreds of jobs.

Nestle was lured to the area with about $16 million in state and county subsidies and will spend about $40 million more to move into the one of the regions newest and tallest buildings at 1812 Moore Street in Rosslyn which until now had been vacant.

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