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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

Heart Transplant Recipient And Doctor Urge Donors To Help Others On Waiting List

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world and in the United States for both men and women.

This is American Heart Month and 88.9 WCVE’s Charles Fishburne visited with a heart transplant survivor, who says he now has a new mission for his life. Kinzo Evans and Dr. Keyur Shah talk about Evans’ recent heart transplant and urge people to consider organ donation to help those on the waiting list.

Henrico County Board Chairman Dick Glover Dies Suddenly At The Age Of 82

The Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors died suddenly last night, at the age of 82. It was sudden and a shock to his colleagues.

Dick Glover joined the board in 1988 as was appointed just last month as its chairman for the sixth time. He served the Brookland District and was known for his work in planning, residential development and the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, among many other things.

County Manager John Vithoulkas said “we are in a state of shock…he was a pillar of strength and what he did for the county immeasurable.”

Wason Poll Front-Runners for Govenor: Gillespie and Northam, But Most Undecided

An early poll from Christopher Newport University in thegovernor’s race confirms the expected front-runners for both parties, but asCharles Fishburne reports, there are many undecideds, and room for change.

The Wason poll is a first indicator of who is top-running for Virginia’s next governor.

Rachel Bitercofer is assistant director. She says 50 percent of Republicans are undecided at this early stage, and 60% of the Democrats polled have not made up their minds.

Director Quentin Kidd says anything could happen.

Nestle To Relocate U.S. Headquarters To Northern Virginia

Nestle, the world’s largest packaged food company, will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Northern Virginia.

Governor McAuliffe says the global powerhouse, with worldwide sales of about $9.7 billion, will move from Glendale, California to Rosslyn, bringing with it hundreds of jobs.

Nestle was lured to the area with about $16 million in state and county subsidies and will spend about $40 million more to move into the one of the regions newest and tallest buildings at 1812 Moore Street in Rosslyn which until now had been vacant.

Richmond Region Jobless Rate Dropped In December

The Richmond region jobless rate bucked the national trend and dropped in December. After five months of holding steady at 4.1%, December’s rate dropped to 3.9%.

Ann Lang, Senior Economist at the Virginia Employment Commission, says that puts Richmond number 14 among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

The labor force grew by almost 3,000 workers.

University of Richmond Downtown To Open Exhibition On ‘Richmond Justice’

The University of Richmond Downtown is hosting a new exhibition beginning this week on Richmond’s Criminal Justice Landscape.

Two young filmmakers have spent the last year profiling 53people from felons to their mothers, to the new mayor--about crime in the city and how it affects us all. Lance Warren is co-director, along with Hannah Ayers.

University of Virginia Study Seeks to Remedy False Witness ID in Criminal Cases

Tens of thousands of people make eyewitness identifications in criminal cases each year, sometimes resulting in false convictions. But three University of Virginia researchers are about to begin a project to improve the outcomes.

They have just received a $1.4 million dollar grant to help stop innocent people being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. “Certainly, there can be miscarriages of justice, but it’s not intentional, it is because people’s memories are not perfect,” said Karen Kafadar, a principal investigator.

Foreign Students at Major State Universities Affected by Travel Ban

Universities across Virginia have expressed concern about students and faculty members from the countries listed in the travel ban, but most seem safe for now.

Virginia Tech counts about 100 students and faculty members.

Spokesperson Matt Charles said at UVA, “About 60 students and faculty members are affected by the executive order, and we are not aware of any cancelled travel plans at this time.”

Richmond City Outpaces Neighboring Counties in Rate Of Population Growth For First Time in Decades

Virginia’s population growth has slowed, but is still ahead of the national rate, in figures released this morning by UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. The numbers are crucial for government planning and revenue sharing.

Since the 2010 Census, Virginia grew by 5.1percent, to an estimated 8.4 million

“The Richmond metro area has grown about the same rate as the Commonwealth overall…”

Hamilton Lombard is the Weldon Cooper researcher who prepared the report.

Virginia Center Commons Sold To A New York-Based Investment Group for Nine Million

Virginia Center Commons has just been sold to a New-York based investment group with plans to revitalize it and bring in more traffic.

The mall has been losing anchor stores and tenants for years. “…it’s a fire sale…,” said Henrico Director of Economic Development, Gary McClaren. “These people know they bought it for a song at $9 million dollars, I mean that’s a tremendous amount of space…”