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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

VCU School of Business To Unveil 30-Foot Pop-up Portrait of Maggie Walker

VCU’s School of Business today unveils a 30-foot “pop up portrait” of legendary Richmond banking legend Maggie Walker. It is both art, and commentary on how our minds work.

Noah Scalin’s 30-foot pop up portrait of Maggie Walker will be unveiled in the atrium at VCU’s School of Business Snead Hall today at 1pm. It will be on display through Wednesday.

CDC Zika Response Team Head Advises Pregnant Women toContinue To Avoid Zika Virus Areas

Florida Health officials have just identified a new neighborhood in Miami as a Zika transmission zone, as Florida cases now top 1,000. Meanwhile, The head of the Zika Response Team at the Centers for Disease Control was at the University of Virginia earlier this week where he said there is one important warning to heed with respect to potential danger.

Dr. Lyle Petersen is Incident Manager for CDC. He says have learned much about the Zika virus.

He says a vaccine is still two to three years away, most of the 3,000 cases in America were imported.

University of Richmond To Dedicate 26 Million Dollar “Front Door” Queally Center

The University of Richmond today is dedicating its new “front door,” a state of the art entrance building that combines 100-year old architecture with 21st century technology.

The new Queally Center is a front door and leading edge in the university’s plan to combine traditional beauty with cutting edge technology and conservation.

Cancer Specialists To Hold Seminar for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It is breast cancer awareness month, and tonight (Thursday, October 13), five specialists are holding a public seminar for anyone who wants to know more.

About 1 in 8 women in this country will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. But Dr. Amelia Grover, Surgical Oncologist at VCU’s Massey Cancer Center says there is progress, and there is hope.

One of Dr. Grover’s patients was Antoinette Taylor-Draper. Antoinette had surgery, chemo, radiation and a clinical trial.

Tech Researchers Working on Flame-Proof Battery

A Virginia Tech researcher is working on a solution to the problem that is causing Samsung cellphones to spontaneously burst into flames, causing a massive recall.

Samsung distributed one million Galaxy Note 7 cellphones and is calling all of them back, because of over 100 fires in the first month of their release.

Lou Madsen is an associate professor of chemistry at Virginia Tech who has developed an ion gel formula that could fix that.

Some Customers Still Without Power

More than 135,000 Dominion Virginia Power Customers are still without power as of 5:30 a.m. this morning (10/10), and the company says some won’t be restored for days.

Crews are struggling with flooded roads and the same soaked ground that set up the massive outages when Matthew blew through.

Just before before dawn this morning, about 4,000 customers in the Richmond Metro, Tri-Cities area were still without power.

CDC Grants Six Million Dollars For VCU Program To Reduce Youth Violence in Richmond

The Centers for Disease Control has just funded a $6 million dollar program at Virginia Commonwealth University to help reduce youth violence in Richmond.

VCU already has programs in place, including bully prevention, domestic violence and date violence. But they want to go deeper.

The program will recruit community members to go door to door, and hold community meetings to brainstorm solutions.

Virginia Tech Expert Picks Peak Weekend For Fall Leaves

An expert at Virginia Tech has picked what he believes will be the perfect weekend for fall leaves in Virginia and he says, the recent rains will help the colors.

Tech Forestry Professor John Seiler was worried about the dry weather until last week. He says the shorter days trigger the leaves, rain keeps them from turning brown early, and finally sunshine can bring out the red.

The best weekend he says is October 21st and 22nd.

Longwood University Hosts VP Debate Tonight

Focus of the nation will be on Farmville tonight (10/4) for the vice-presidential debate,and on Longwood University, where excitement among students is building.

There are 5,000 students here, and Sunday night, they held a lottery to select 100 who will get seats for a moment in history.

The little town of 7,000 and Longwood University will be hosting the vice-presidential debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence, and millions will watch on TV.