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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

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.

Area School Superintendents To Meet On New Regional School

The Richmond area is about to get a new regional high school that could revolutionize the way education is approached in the future. It could be a school where students literally learn out of the box.

Chesterfield’s Dr. James Lane is lead Superintendent of 13 others who will meet to create a new school that will allow students to achieve what they need for a diploma in two years, and spend the next two in a paid internship instructional program for computer sciences.

The school is set to open next year.

Filipino Festival Draws Thousands

Thousands of people braved the heat over the weekend to attend the 11thAnnual Filipino Festival, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Glen Allen.

Saturday’s festivities began with the playing of the Filipino national anthem and the Star Spangled Banner, as people came together for food, fellowship, dances, races, games and good times, and to celebrate the Filipinos and their unique contributions to the community.