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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

Martinsville Has Highest Unemployment, Again. Richmond Region Is Flat

Martinsville in Southwest Virginian was a prosperous furniture and textile town in the middle 20th century, but saw those jobs go overseas, and never fully recovered. It recorded a seasonal unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.7 percent, up slightly from February, but still better than last year’s 14.7 percent. Arlington County and the City of Falls Church had the lowest jobless rate at 3.5 percent. Richmond was unchanged at 5.5. The area had 639,200 people at work in March. It is approaching, but has not yet reached the 643 thousand who were employed in 2007, just before the recession.

Remote Area Medical Clinics To Expand Services

The organizers of a well-attended free care clinics plan to increase their operations in Virginia. Remote Area Medical founder Stan Brock is set to announce an increased presence…in a political setting today at the state capitol. RAM’s multi-day clinics in Southwest Virginia often draw thousands of low income residents in need of free dental care, eyeglasses and medical procedures. Set to join Brock today at the capitol news conference are members of Governor McCauliffe’s administration.

Bans On ECigarettes In Restaurants And Bars Go Into Effect Today In New York And Chicago

New laws in New York City and Chicago ban electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars and other public places. The bans that go into effect today are sparking debate among health officials, the e-cigarette industry and users of the increasingly popular devices. Proponents of the new bans say they are aimed at preventing the re-glamorization of smoking, particularly among teenagers who could see them as a gateway to tobacco-based cigarettes.