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Charles Fishburne

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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

Flu Waning After 11 Weeks of Widespread Activity

Flu is waning in Virginia following 11 weeks of widespread activity.

The latest state figures show the level of flu activity declined from widespread to regional in the last week of February.

The state has averaged 10 weeks of widespread flu activity during the past five seasons.

Virginia Department of Health epidemiologist Andrea Alvarez says that flu activity could increase again. But generally, she says flu activity decreases after it drops out of peak range.

Gasoline Prices Up 39 Days in a Row

Gasoline prices across the country have seen significant jumps in the past few weeks, primarily due to refinery issues.

The National prices for regular unleaded rose to $2.46 a gallon Friday, .09¢ higher for the week and .29¢ higher than one month ago.

Virginia was $2.29 and Richmond was $2.29.

Triple A believes the national average price of gas could rise by .20¢ per gallon or more in March as refinery maintenance season continues.

Science Matters: Central Virginia’s First Mitral Clip Procedure For Heart Patients Too Infirm For Conventional Surgery

Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute has recently become the first in Central Virginia to perform surgery to repair a leaking heart valve with a simple clip. 

Dr. Mark Katz is a cardiac surgeon and chief medical officer at the Institute, which successfully performed Central Virginia’s first MitraClip Heart Valve Surgery on 96-year old Garnie Bowen, who had to sleep at night with an oxygen tank. But at his age, conventional surgery would have been too risky

Senator Asks Agencies to Investigate Lumber Liquidators

Lumber Liquidators, subject of a scathing “60 Minutes” report Sunday, is facing more possible federal investigations.

Senator Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has asked three federal agencies to test the company’s laminate flooring to determine if it contains unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

His letter went to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Trade Commission.

Shares fell another 12.6% yesterday, closing at $35; last week they were worth $70.

Sweet Briar Alumnae Will Fight To Keep School Open

A Group of Sweet Briar Alumnae says it will fight to keep the doors open, after the board announced yesterday, the school would close this summer. 

Most were shocked at yesterday’s announcement that Sweet Briar was facing insurmountable financial difficulties and would shut its doors forever this summer. 

But more than 165 alumnae from around the country joined in a conference call to try to save the college. 

Richmond Peace Center’s 2015 Peace Essay Contest And Last Year’s Winner

The Richmond Peace Center is again seeking students to enter their annual essay contest and the young winners provide lessons for all of us.

Sive Howell was 12 years old when she wrote about a young Pakistani girl her age who defied the Taliban for her right to go to school.

The theme for this year’s essay contest comes from the Dali Lama

The contest is open to Primary, Elementary, Middle and High School Students

Hopewell Water Plant Back In Operation Following Spill

Hopewell’s water supplier has resumed production after a 600 gallon diesel spill late Monday (3/2) shut the plant down and threatened to disrupt the city water supply.

Schools dismissed students early, officials issued a notice for residents to boil their water during the next two days beginning last night at nine, and officials prepared for an emergency lack of water after the fuel leak was noticed in the Appomattox River late Monday.

Crews immediately went to work to clean the river and by late yesterday tests found no trace of the diesel fuel.

Sweet Briar College To Close Due To Financial Issues

Sweet Briar College will shut down this summer (2015) because of financial issues. 

The private women’s college in Lynchburg has been a Virginia institution since 1906, but a decline in students, despite an unsustainable tuition discount rate, has resulted in what President James F. Jones calls insurmountable financial challenges, and though he and the board and several alumnae have searched for solutions, they found none.