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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

Researchers At UVA Discover Two Genes That Could Help Find Better Treatment For Osteoporosis

Twelve million Americans have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. The finding could prove critically important for people with osteoporosis and those with a family history of the condition, as it opens potential paths to preventing and treating the highly heritable condition.

China Lifts Ban On Virginia Poultry Exports

China has just lifted a ban on Virginia poultry exports that that has lasted almost seven years. China banned Virginia poultry products after a case of low pathogenic avian flu was reported in a poultry house in June of 2007 and it has taken years of work by state and federal officials to get it lifted. China lifted the ban on April 30th.  Shipments of Virginia poultry to China should resume shortly. 

Gasoline Prices Reach Highest Level In Over A Year

Gasoline prices have reached their highest level in over a year, but Triple A says some relief may be in sight. In its weekly survey, Triiple A says the national average price of gasoline this week reached 3.70 a gallong…the most expensive price since March 20th a year ago.  Prices have increased an average of 42 cents a gallon since early February of this year, up 76 out of 82 days.  In Virginia, gasoline costs 3.50 last week, Richmond was 3.46 on average up two and three cents respectively.

Closure of Parts of Rappahannock to Shellfish Harvesting

The Virginia Department of Health has ordered a portion of the Rappahannock River closed to shellfish harvesting due to flooding. The recent heavy rains, particularly in western Virginia, have washed animal waste and sewage into the rivers, and health officials announced an emergency closure yesterday for two weeks. The affected shellfish include oysters and clams but not crabs or fish. Officials say that due to potential microbiological and chemical pollution hazards, shellfish taken from areas affected by the emergency closure are currently unacceptable for human consumption.

UVA and W&M Investigated in Sex Abuse Complaints

The College of William and Mary and the University of  Virginia are both included on a list of 55 colleges and universities currently facing Tittle IX investigations over their handling of sexual abuse complaints. The Education department’s decision to release the list is unprecedented and comes as the Obama administration seeks to shed greater transparency on the issue of sexual assault in higher education and how it is being handled.

One Child Dies, Another Hospitalized In Richmond Assault

One child is dead, and another hospitalized after an assault in South Richmond last (May 1) night. Police had been called to the 200 block of Brandon road for a report of an assault about 6:30 last night, and found two juveniles who had been assaulted…both younger than 13. One died at the scene, the other was taken to VCU Medical Center. Police reports are sketchy, but dozens of neighbors gathered at the scene, and one said a young boy had been killed trying to protect his older sister.