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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

Watchdog Group Alarmed Over Deaths At Central Virginia Training Center

The Disablility Law Center of Virginia says at least six residents of the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights have suffered “prolonged and painful deaths,” because of preventable urinary tract infections.

The Richmond-based watchdog organization monitors serious incidents at state-run institutions. The Executive Director is Colleen Miller. Miller said, “We were noticing a pattern of deaths at Central Virginia Training Center that we all related to urinary tract infections.”

McGuire VA Center Performs Its First vBloc Weight Loss Device for Overweight Veterans

McGuire VA Center has just implanted its first device to help veterans lose weight, and there are more than one million of them who could have the procedure done at little or no cost to them.

It is called the vBlock neurometabolic therapy implant. “It looks sort of like a hockey puck”, said Dr. James Maher, “We usually put it over the ribs on the left side, it goes underneath the skin.” It is then connected to the vegus nerves controlling the stomach and digestive tract and adjusted to give patient’s a feeling of fullness.

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Says International Business is Improved

Governor McAuliffe announced earlier this week a new trade deal to sell more Virginia lumber in Mexico. It is part of a mission to establish and nourish international trading partners.

It is a volatile global market, that last year, saw a drop in agricultural and forestry trade, but Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden says it is coming back.

“For the first three months of this year, and it looks like a fourth month in a row, our numbers are up in almost every category.”

Legislators Moving into Temporary Quarters As General Assembly Building is Demolished.

Richmond City Council earlier this week heard a report on the state’s 400 million dollars worth of construction projects downtown, including a new General Assembly Building. The move has already begun.

The new General Assembly building will be about more technology, more transparency and more space.

Senate Clerk Susan Schaar said, “this session we were averaging 5,000 visitors a day.”

Legislators lived with it for 40 years, but demolition begins in August. And the problem is, the new building is still on the drawing board and four years away.

Anheuser-Busch Plans To Invest $18 Million in Williamsburg Brewery

Anheuser-Busch plans to invest $500 million dollars in its U.S. facilities and operations this year, including $18 million at its brewery in Williamsburg.

Busch has long been a dominant brand, but the exponential growth of local craft breweries is prompting them and others to invest more to stay competitive.

General Manager Brian Derr says the Williamsburg plant will become a research and development site for new packaging and labeling equipment to freshen up the image.

Virginia Commercial Space Authority Opens Nation’s First Runway Dedicated to Unmanned Vehicles at Wallops

Ribbon cutting ceremonies are set tomorrow (5/18) for the nation’s first airfield dedicated to autonomous vehicles…drones.

Dale Nash is Executive Director of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority. He said, “We are celebrating the opening of the first purpose built unmanned systems runway in the U.S. that is 3,000 feet long 75 feet wide, with a hardened concrete pad at one end for large vertical takeoff drones.”

Chesapeake Climate Action Network Praised Governor McAuliffe’s Directive to Cap Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network today (5/16) praised Governor Terry McAuliffe’s directive to create Virginia’s own carbon cap on greenhouse gas emissions.

Executive Director Mike Tidwell says, “The Governor’s executive directive unveiled today is precisely what environmental advocates have been asking him to do for two years, now.”

Chief of Virginia Information Technology Agency Says Patches and Software Updates Critical, for Everyone

In the wake of the world-wide Wanna Cry cyber attack, the chief security officer of Virginia’s agency protecting state computers says we all need to be prepared for the next one. The Virginia Information Technology Agency has an operational role in protecting the state’s executive branch agencies, and sets security standards and requirements for the rest.

VCU Massey Cancer Center First in the Nation With New Treatment For Pancreatic Cancer

The VCU Massey Cancer Center has become the first in the world to successfully implant a bio-absorbable implanted radiation device to treat the early stages of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer kills four out of five people diagnosed with the disease. Seventy-year old Willy Grubbs was on vacation in Florida when he first had symptoms,“and my back and sides got to hurting.” It got worst until he went to the emergency room, which led to a cat scan and an MRI and a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.