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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

Science Matters: Brain Aneurysm Month to Alert People to Deadly and Usually Undiagnosed Danger in Millions of Americans

This month is Brain Aneurysm Month and the CDC says an estimated six million of us have an aneurysm in our head that could rupture without warning, resulting in disability or death unless treated early.

Twenty-two year old Melissa Hurley was a Certified Nurse Assistant, at work, in a hospital. She was answering a Code Blue when she was struck by a severe headache in the back of her head, that got worse quickly until her pain was unbearable.

Chesterfield School Safety Programs Result in 70% Reduction In Crime and Violence

Chesterfield County School’s positive intervention programs have reduced student behavior problems dramatically during the past school year. According to the Virginia Discipline Crime and Violence Report, the number of incidents involving Chesterfield students has dropped from about 25,000 to about 7,000 during the past school year, as the result of programs to promote safety and keep more students in school.

The program has resulted in a 70% reduction in discipline-related consequences, 50% reduction in law enforcement cases, and 30% reduction in cases involving weapons.

Experimental Drug Could Stop Melanoma, Other Cancers, Research Suggests

Researchers at the University of Virginia have discovered an experimental drug that shows significant promise for stopping melanoma and possibly other forms of cancer.

The drug is pevonedistat, which blocks a critical protein necessary for malignant cancer cells to survive.

The UVA researchers are led by Tarek Abbas, Department of Radiation Oncology and the UVA Cancer Center Scientists have been uncertain exactly how it kills cancer cells, as it shuts down many different cellular proteins, but the UVA researchers believe the it is the protein produced by the Gene CDT2.

VCU Researchers Receive $1 Million Grant To Test A Diagnostic Tool For Parkinson’s Disease

The VCU Schools of Medicine and Engineering are testing a new diagnostic tool for Parkinson’s Disease that could detect it up to ten years before symptoms appear.

Dr. Mark Baron and his colleagues have been using a commercially available infrared eye scanning device on thousands of patients.

Diagnosing Parkinson’s so far has been slow and sometimes inconclusive. But Dr. Baron and his colleagues believe this test to be cheaper, better and capable of early detection.

Hopewell On Track To Clean Up The James

The City of Hopewell is on the verge of a rebirth in terms of clean water and access to the James River. Industrial waste and storm runoff at one time made the James River at Hopewell one of most polluted stretches in the state, but that is changing.

More than 15 officials from Hopewell and other Central Virginia localities cruised the James River as guests of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a guided boat tour yesterday (9/12). The foundation has just engineering a total $315,000 dollar grant to help kick-start a program to tame runoff.

Gasoline Prices Continue To Drop With End of Summer Driving and Switch Over of Blends

Gasoline prices have begun to fall again across the Mid-Atlantic Region. Demand is down, and prospect for lower prices is up.

The National average over the weekend was $2.8 per gallon, down three cents compared to a week ago. Virginia was $1.99 and Richmond $1.95.

Federal Prosecutors Move to Dismiss Charges Against McDonnell and His Wife

Federal Prosecutors yesterday (9/8) moved to drop their corruption case against former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Federal prosecutors asked the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to send the case back to a district court, where the U.S. will file a motion to dismiss the indictments.

McDonnell said in a statement, “Today is a great day in which my family and I rejoice.”

Greater Richmond Partnership: ITT Tech Graduates Contributed Large Percentage of Workforce

While former students of the now-closed ITT Technical Institute are scrambling to resume their education, a white paper just released by the Greater Richmond Partnership has added up the losses of jobs and job prospects.

The closing of all five ITT Virginia campuses has resulted in 388 staff job losses and 4800 students being misplaced and Chuck Peterson, Greater Richmond Partnership, says it leaves a significant hole in the Richmond area workforce.

UVA Neurosurgeon On Cancer Moonshot Panel To Accelerate Cancer Research

The Obama administration’s “Cancer Moonshot” took a major step forward yesterday (9/7), when a committee of top cancer researchers recommended an ambitious set of goals to sharply accelerate progress against the disease.

Project Moonshot is headed by Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Beau died of brain cancer more than a year ago. And, on the Blue Ribbon panel is UVA neurosurgeon, Dr. Neal Kassell.

For-Profit ITT Educational Services Closes 130 Campuses, Including Richmond

The for-profit chain ITT Educational Services announced that it is shutting down all of its 130 campuses nationwide, including five in Virginia and one in Richmond.

There are over 500 students enrolled in ITT’s Gateway Center Campus, whose classes have been cut. But Sylvia Rosa-Casanova at the State Councilof Higher Education says they are working to help them recover.

She says students will receive email notifications from the State Council of Higher Education on how they might save their records, transfer their credits, and recoup their financial losses.