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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

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.”

Kroger and Lidl Agree to Dismiss Suit Over Store Brands

Grocery Giants Kroger and Lidl have jointly agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit Kroger brought against the German-based newcomer over names and logos for store brands.

Kroger charged Lidl with copying the look of its “Private Selection Brand,” with its own store brand labelled “Preferred Selection,” and had called for an injunction just before the German giant opened its first four stores in the Richmond area. The judge refused it and set a court trial for January 2018.

Demolition of the Quioccasin Bridge to Regency Square Begins Today

Demolition of the Quioccasin Bridge to Regency Square and properties west of North Parham begins this morning (9/12).

Traffic is already being detoured around the area and there should be no surprises, but beginning today, the bridge is coming down. Mark Slusser, co-managing partner, says it’ll take about 45 days, “Then we will open up the westbound lane of Quioccasin Road to two-way traffic.”

Virginia Tourism Corporation: Henrico Leads the Region in Tourism Dollars

Latest figures just released by the Virginia Tourism Corporation indicate travelers spent almost $880 million dollars in Henrico last year, the most of any locality in Central Virginia, and fifth highest in the state, behind only populous Northern Virginia, and Virginia Beach.

They came from all over the country for this Babe Ruth World Series to Glen Allen Stadium, but that just part of it.

Major Blood Plasma Center To Relocate in Henrico County

A major blood plasma donation center is growing and relocating in Henrico County in the 4300 block of South Laburnam Avenue.

Grifols Biomat USA ,will spent 2.9 million on the new building and employ 45 people, but Spokesman Colin Seal says it has an even bigger mission, “Plasma donations help save lives. A lot of people don’t know that plasma is used for life-saving medicines for chronically ill patients with rare diseases.”

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Calls on Congress to Resolve the DACA Issue

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (this afternoon), called on Congress to urgently address the protection of dreamers.

Michel Zajur is President and CEO Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “There are over 15 thousand dreamers in Virginia…and right now they are in a state of limbo…they have no paths to getting an education, to working, to getting a drivers license.”

Thomson Reuters Announces Plans for a Cyber Security Center at Riverfront Plaza

The Thomson Reuters news agency is coming to Richmond, to build a cyber-security operations center downtown. Reuters has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years, and chose Richmond over South Carolina, Maryland and Florida, to build a high tech, internal cybersecurity center at downtown’s Riverfront Plaza.

Fighting on Two Fronts: As POWs Survived, Spouses Organized

During the Vietnam War, hundreds of U.S. service members were imprisoned by the North Vietnamese. They survived torture, disease and years of isolation. For one Virginia family, the experience would profoundly change the trajectory of their lives. 88.9 WCVE's Charles Fishburne has more in our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers.

VCU Plans Full Test of Its Emergency Communications System Today

VCU is planning a full test of its emergency communications and alerting systems today at noon (9/6/2017). Thousands of faculty and students will hear the sirens and so will the neighbors.

There are some 50,000 students and faculty members and employees on both VCU campuses, and the sirens are just part of the test.

Innovative “High School of the Future,” CodeRVA Opens For the First Time

It was the first day of school ever for CodeRVA Regional High School, an ambitious experiment that some believe could be the model for future education.

From the Richmond area’s 13 localities, 756 applied, 93 were accepted. And on the first day at CodeRVA.

“I can work at my own pace…”

“I’ll be able to work with computers more…”

“It’s something new…”

“We’re basically on our own, like we’re in college…”

“It’s more involving….”