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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

Chesterfield County Launches Department of Community Enhancement

Chesterfield County has just launched its new Department of Community Enhancement, to help erase pockets of poverty and rebuild aging communities.

The department’s new director Kirk Turner says they will crack down on code violations.

“We like to be aggressive. Where we have issues, we’d like to get people to clean that up.”

But the new, 18-member department is much more than just property police. They will help form public policy on codes, and zoning and incentives and tax abatement and rebuilding.

VCU Launches Website, and Campaign to Train Physicians on Proper Prescription of Opioids

Virginia Commonwealth University has launched a major campaign to deal with the nation’s opioid epidemic where it usually starts, with health care providers.

Dr. Omar Abubaker’s son died of a heroin overdose three years ago. It began with prescription pain medication for a football injury.

“He was a good kid…”

But Adam, like thousands of others became addicted and died of an overdose, and his father has become a leading advocate of VCU’s new outreach to health professionals everywhere.

UVA’s Miller Center For Public Policy Releases “Watergate Cover-up,” on the Crucial Role of the Tapes

As multiple investigations continue into allegations of Russian interference in American elections UVA’s Miller Center has released a report on the Watergate scandal, and what eventually brought down the Nixon presidency.

Virginia Tech Website Studies Fourth of July Celebrations Before, During and After Civil War

The Fourth of July is the Celebration of American Independence. But there is divisiveness today that seems to cloud the celebration for many.

The country has survived many such times, perhaps none worse than July 4th, 1865. Virginia Tech researchers take us back to that day, with a website entitled “Mapping the Fourth” that scans news articles, personal letters and manuscripts to see how Americans celebrated Independence Day, even as they fought to tear the country apart.

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Allocates Surplus Monday

Chesterfield County ended the fiscal year with a $23 million dollar surplus, and put the money back into schools and a rainy day fund.

The School Division showed a $15.2 million dollar surplus due to turnover and a lag in hiring and debt refinancing, and the Board of Supervisors set aside $1 million for bus replacement and $3.1 million for the Supplemental Retirement System, which has undergone changes to insure it remains solvent.

Hanover Reappoints Two School Board Members Amid Controversy Over System

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has unanimously re-appointed Norman Sulser in Cold Harbor and Susan Dibble in South Anna to the school board, even as a group is raising a petition to change the system.

Hanover Citizens for an Elected School Board Monitor Julie Stubblefield objected, “We have some concerns of where things are going with facilities and where we are headed with our technology and the slow track for all of these things.”

Aldi Rolls Out Plans To Expand With New Look

Aldi says it plans to become the third largest grocery chain in the United States by store count within the next four years, and a Richmond store was part of its advance planning.

Aldi won’t confirm it, but MSN Money reported last week that Aldi would enhance its cut-rate image nationwide with a new look pioneered at a Richmond store in October.

Proposal for High-End Apartments In Mechanicville

Mechanicsville may be in line for some 207, high-end apartments by a developer who has a track record in the county.

Larry Shaia build Charleston Ridge Apartments last year and has now proposed another community behind the Goodwill and Food Lion off Mechanicsville Turnpike.

Senior Planner Claudia Cheely said, “Its approximately 22 acres, five buildings, four stories, they will include elevators, they will be high end, higher rent, three bedroom units.”