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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

Natural Bridge of Virginia Is About To Become the 37th State Park

Virginia is about to get is 37th state park. The Natural Bridge of Virginia has been a tourist attraction since the Colonies.

George Washington is said to have surveyed it, Thomas Jefferson owned it, and thousands have enjoyed it.

Jim Jones is the new park ranger at Virginia’s newest state park. A conservation group bought it and will donate it to the state when it is paid off. Meanwhile, the state will take over management in September.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Finds E Coli Pollution Up to100 Times State Standards at Richmond Area Recreation Spots

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says after a heavy rainfall, bacteria levels at some of the Richmond area’s more popular waterways can be up to 100 times higher than Virginia Standards for swimming and recreation.

The Foundation just concluded a pilot project to measure the levels of E Coli. Highest was at the Mouth of Gillies Creek, a popular fishing spot where the creek meets the James. CBF Executive Director Rebecca LePrell, says it is also nasty.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Partners To Launch James River Cleanup

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners are preparing to spend $315,000 dollars to help clean up the James River near Hopewell, traditionally one of the most polluted waterways in the state.

Hopewell is an industrial city with pollution and long-standing permits that prolong it. But runoff is another matter, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has just granted $200,000 dollars, to be matched with another $115,000 from CBF, Hopewell City, Virginia State, and Friends of the Lower Appomattox to launch a major cleanup initiative.

Virginia Department of Health Reports Increased Cases of Hepatitis A

The Virginia Department of Health says confirmed cases of Hepatitis A have risen to 28, and they expect more. The cases are tied to Egyptian-based frozen strawberries served by Tropical Smoothie Café as recently as August 9th.

Diane Woolard, Virginia Department of Health says the product was pulled August 9th, but symptoms can appear as long as 50 days afterwards. That means well into September.

Chesterfield Residents Overwhelmingly Support Schools, Public Safety and Transportation in “Blueprint” Survey

Chesterfield County officials have just released the results of their “Blueprint Survey,” asking residents what are their community priorities.

Sixty-two hundred people responded online and in group meetings to five questions over a period of 40 days.

Their biggest priorities were overwhelmingly education, roads and transportation, and public safety.

Virginia Tech Researcher Critical of Youth Football Practice Routines

The Virginia Tech team that defined safety standards for football helmets for college and professional players is focusing now on those in high school and younger.

In a study release yesterday (8/23), Tech researcher Stephan Duma says nearly three quarters of football players in the United States are younger than 14, and more attention to their safety will bring results.

Kenya Students Visit Jepson School of Leadership at University of Richmond

Students from the Kenya-based Barack Obama Leadership program visited the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership last week to learn about culture, leadership and American education.

About 35 high school students came to examine leadership qualities and styles, study global economic, cultural and political issues, and develop critical thinking skills.

Dean Sandra Peart says regardless of nationality, their goal is the same. Brian wants to be a political science teacher. Theru wants to be a lawyer.

Seven Virginia Members of Congress Appeal To Justice Department Not To Retry Bob McDonnell

Seven of Virginia’s 11 members of Congress have written the US Justice Department not to retry former Governor Bob McDonnell on corruption convictions vacated by the US Supreme Court.

Second District Congressman Scott Rigel is the main signer, but it also includes Representatives Randy Forbes, Morgan Griffith, Barbara Comstock, Robert Wittman, Dave Brat, all Republicans, and Democrat Don Beyer.

The appeals court gave both parties until August 29th to set up a new briefing schedule of give the court a status report on McDonnell’s case.

Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings Research Lab Adds Bicycle and Soccer Helmets

Virginia Tech’s internationally-recognized Helmet Ratings Research Lab has just added bicycle and soccer headgear to its testing program.

Bicycle head injuries far outweigh those on the football field.

Virginia Tech Professor Stefan Duma is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in making sports safer. Now, his lab is tackling bicycles and soccer headgear.

Ratings will be out in the Fall on the Tech website at

But he wants to see hang tags and labels on all helmets sold in stores.