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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

Virginia Gains 19% More Certified Organic Farms in 2015

The number of USDA Certified Organic Farms in Virginia is up 19 percent over 2015, ranking the Commonwealth 22nd in the country.

Elaine Lidholme is Director of Communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and says the move is market driven. “There are people out there to whom organic is so important that they are willing to pay more for it.”

This includes both crops and livestock.

“The farmer has to go through a lot of steps. It does not mean pesticides are prohibited, it does mean you have to use certain types.”

Lexington Steeped in Confederate History…and Names, Facing Issues

Lexington Virginia is steeped in history, much of it Confederate, and the recent events over statues and names has impacted the otherwise peaceful mountain town.

Lexington may have a problem.


“Washington and Lee University, how may I direct your call?”

“Thank you for calling Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital…"

“Thank you for calling Lee Chapel Museum on the Campus of Washington and Lee…”

“Stonewall Jackson House, this is Denise…”

New National Task Force Recommendations on Cervical Cancer Screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just released new recommendations for cervical cancer screenings.

Dr. Krist says the screenings have cut cervical cancer’s incidence and mortality in half in three decades, and need to continue. “What’s different is for women age 30-65. We are now recommending that you either get a pap smear every three years or they can get a HPV, human papillomavirus test every five years,” said Dr. Krist.

He says previous recommendations resulted in some redundancies and resulted in more false positives.

The Supreme Court of Virginia Rules General Assembly Has Right To Strip SCC Of Regulatory Powers

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled a current suspension of regulatory reviews of electric utility rates by the SCC will stand.

The SCC’s power to regulate electricity rates goes back 101 years until 2015, when the General Assembly stripped it for seven years, while the utilities wrestled with the Clean Power Plan and its possible impact.

But dissenters said it would cost consumers $1 billion dollars and was unconstitutional.

ODU Researcher Says Rising Sea Levels Make Hampton Roads Vulnerable

A researcher at Old Dominion University said today (9/14) that rising sea levels in Hampton Roads make the entire area vulnerable to hurricanes. A storm like Irma could put much of Norfolk underwater.

Working with numbers that go back 90 years, and satellite imaging, Ben Hamlington says, “We would have levels of flooding similar to what we saw in Houston and coastal Florida and we would have several feet of flooding in Norfolk. Roads, houses would all be inundated with flood waters.”

Chesterfield County Schools Top 98% State Accreditation, But Reaching for More

Chesterfield County has boosted its number of fully accredited schools to 98.4 percent ,but the county is pioneering new, and they say better, methods to measure growth.

Chesterfield County School Superintendent Dr. James Lane says the numbers are good. “We are proud of the progress we have made in Chesterfield over the past year. One of the things we tried to do was to show that if we decreased the focus on testing and increased the focus on student engagement, that great scores will follow, and we saw that.”

State Leaders Urge Health Care Workers To Get Flu Vaccine

Flu Season is coming and the Virginia Department of Health has its usual message that all people six months and older receive their annual influence vaccine. This year, they are targeting a surprising group.

They are urging healthcare workers, to protect themselves and their patients, by getting the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

Sarah Lineberger, Virginia Department of Health said, “In Virginia, there is no statewide mandate that requires healthcare workers to receive an annual influenza vaccine.”