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Charles Fishburne

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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

VMI’s John Daniels Humanitarian Award Goes To Civil Rights Pioneer John Lewis

A Civil Rights pioneer will be honored at Virginia Military Institute tomorrow (3/11), with an award named in honor of VMI graduate Jonathan Daniels who gave his life in the dark days following the March to Montgomery.

In 1965, Jonathan was a seminary student, who answered Dr. Martin Luther King’s call for help in Alabama and was shot down protecting a teenager who wanted to buy a soda at a store that was off limits to blacks. Jonathan Daniel died that day during the violent struggle for civil rights in Alabama. It was 50 years ago.

Commemoration Of The Fall Of Richmond Set For April

A four-day commemoration in Richmond will mark the 150th anniversary of the fall of the Confederacy’s capital.

A black shroud of smoke covered the city on April 3, 1865, and one woman wrote of the roaring of flames, the bursting of shells at the Confederate arsenal, the sounds of martial music, the neighing of horses and the shoutings of multitudes with a cry, “The Yankees are coming!”

Richmond fell that day.

Six days later, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.

Flu Waning After 11 Weeks of Widespread Activity

Flu is waning in Virginia following 11 weeks of widespread activity.

The latest state figures show the level of flu activity declined from widespread to regional in the last week of February.

The state has averaged 10 weeks of widespread flu activity during the past five seasons.

Virginia Department of Health epidemiologist Andrea Alvarez says that flu activity could increase again. But generally, she says flu activity decreases after it drops out of peak range.

Gasoline Prices Up 39 Days in a Row

Gasoline prices across the country have seen significant jumps in the past few weeks, primarily due to refinery issues.

The National prices for regular unleaded rose to $2.46 a gallon Friday, .09¢ higher for the week and .29¢ higher than one month ago.

Virginia was $2.29 and Richmond was $2.29.

Triple A believes the national average price of gas could rise by .20¢ per gallon or more in March as refinery maintenance season continues.

Science Matters: Central Virginia’s First Mitral Clip Procedure For Heart Patients Too Infirm For Conventional Surgery

Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute has recently become the first in Central Virginia to perform surgery to repair a leaking heart valve with a simple clip. 

Dr. Mark Katz is a cardiac surgeon and chief medical officer at the Institute, which successfully performed Central Virginia’s first MitraClip Heart Valve Surgery on 96-year old Garnie Bowen, who had to sleep at night with an oxygen tank. But at his age, conventional surgery would have been too risky

Senator Asks Agencies to Investigate Lumber Liquidators

Lumber Liquidators, subject of a scathing “60 Minutes” report Sunday, is facing more possible federal investigations.

Senator Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has asked three federal agencies to test the company’s laminate flooring to determine if it contains unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

His letter went to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Trade Commission.

Shares fell another 12.6% yesterday, closing at $35; last week they were worth $70.

Sweet Briar Alumnae Will Fight To Keep School Open

A Group of Sweet Briar Alumnae says it will fight to keep the doors open, after the board announced yesterday, the school would close this summer. 

Most were shocked at yesterday’s announcement that Sweet Briar was facing insurmountable financial difficulties and would shut its doors forever this summer. 

But more than 165 alumnae from around the country joined in a conference call to try to save the college. 

Richmond Peace Center’s 2015 Peace Essay Contest And Last Year’s Winner

The Richmond Peace Center is again seeking students to enter their annual essay contest and the young winners provide lessons for all of us.

Sive Howell was 12 years old when she wrote about a young Pakistani girl her age who defied the Taliban for her right to go to school.

The theme for this year’s essay contest comes from the Dali Lama

The contest is open to Primary, Elementary, Middle and High School Students