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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

Richmond’s SPARC Performing Arts Program To Get National Exposure

A Documentary on Richmonds’ SPARC performing arts program is set to air nationwide on PBS. The documentary film on the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community was produced by filmmakers Martin Montgomery and Bill Gaff, who spent six months documenting the live art program that includes students with and without disabilities, teaching them about acceptance through art.

The film follows six students and their families along with staff members, focusing on how they learn about themselves in the process.

Third Major West Coast Craft Brewery to Locate in Virginia

Virginia is about to get another major craft brewery, just outside Roanoke.

California-based Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits had considered an unused Philip Morris complex in South Richmond, but instead chose a site in Botetourt County outside of Roanoke for its $47.8 million dollar brewery. Ballast Point plans to hire 178 people.

Richmond Area Schools Win State Education Awards for Excellence

Governor McAuliffe and the State Board of Education have just announced the 2016 VIP awards for schools and school divisions across the state, and Richmond area schools have scored well.

Midlothian Middle School won the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, one of only eight across the state to do so. That is the highest award attainable.

Window Closing On Some Spring Planting

Virginia Farmers say the window is closing on spring planting and they are in some cases, weeks behind because of the constant rain.

Elaine Lidholme at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says tractors are sitting ready the fields.

Peanuts are 95% planted, cotton is 75%.

The National Weather Service says so far, this has been the 6th wettest May on record.

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest private industry, at $52 billion dollars annually.

Science Matters: Local Students Win International Science Awards

Three local students have won top awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. The winners include Oliver Hamiton and David Lu, both of Godwin High School in Henrico, and Camille Yoke of Maggie Walker’s Governor’s School, who won best in category, over winners from all over the world. She won for the project, “Constructive Interference of Seismic Surface Waves Antipodal to Crater Impact Sites on Terrestrial Bodies.”

Science Matters: University of Virginia Researcher Finds New Pathway To Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes

A University of Virginia researcher has discovered a gene called Oct4. Thought to be dormant in adults, it is actually a key element in preventing heart attacks and strokes and activating the gene could have a “fountain of youth” effect.

Justice Center Says Virginia Schools Overuse Suspensions and Expulsions

A legal aid group says Virginia schools are guilty of “widespread, discriminatory overuse” of suspension and expulsion of students.

The Charlottesville-based Virginia Legal Aid Justice Center evaluated data collected by the Virginia Department of Education for the 2014-2015 school year and said one-fifth of all suspensions went to students in pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade, mostly for non-violent offenses like disruption, defiance and disrespect.

UVA Researcher Says Smartphones Cause ADHD-Like Symptoms

A University of Virginia research psychologist says overuse of smartphones can induce symptoms similar to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder.

Kosta Kushlev a psychology research scientist at UVA says 10 years ago Steve Jobs promised smartphones will change everything. And, he was right.

He says a recent poll shows 95% of smartphone users use their phones during almost everything.

His researchers designed a two week experiment aimed at college students who spent a week with their phones close by with notifications on, then another without.

FEMA Denies Second Request For Relief From February Tornado Damage

The State’s final appeal for federal assistance for recovery from February’s killer tornadoes in Virginia has been denied.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed yesterday that FEMA won’t help with an estimated 35 million dollars in tornado-related damages that killed four people and destroyed 64 homes and damaged 251 others.

FEMA denied the first application for aid, saying the damage wasn’t bad enough.