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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

Vets Wait Time at Richmond Center Is Five Times Goal

The wait time for new patients seeking a primary care doctor at McGuire Veteran Medical Center in Richmond is more than 72 days. That’s about five times what the Department of Veteran Affairs had set as a goal. But the department has also admitted that target was unattainable, given existing resources and growing demand.

Other V.A. facilities in Virginia are also running behind. In Hampton, the average wait time is 58 days, in Salem the wait is 35 days. The numbers were released yesterday by the VA as part of a national audit.

UVa Unveils New Building For Pediatric Outpatients

The University of Virginia’s Children’s Hospital, which just made the US News and World Report’s List of Outstanding Children’s Hospitals in two categories,  unveiled a new facility to make its healthcare even better. UVA has a 111 bed children’s general facility with more than 3,000 patients admitted each year. Karin League is Associate Chief for the UVA Children’s Hospital.

Navy Secretary Wants To Ban Cigarette Sales On Ships And Bases

Tobacco sales on Navy ships and in stores on Navy and  Marine bases could soon be banned. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is considering  the plan to halt sales on bases and ships and would make the Navy Department, which includes the Marine Corp, the first military department to prohibit tobacco sales.  He says he wants sailors who are fit and resilient.  Opponents in Congress say the prohibition overreaches on a habit that is unhealthy, but still legal.  The Defense Department says tobacco use costs an estimated 1.6 billion dollars annually in medical bills and lost work time

Railroads Balk at Disclosing Oil Shipment Information

U.S. railroads will be forced to turn over details of their crude oil shipments beginning June 7th, but some are balking. Three of the nation’s railroads, including CSX, are asking states to sign an agreement not to disclose the information to the public, saying the information is security-sensitive.

Federal officials last month ordered railroads to make the disclosures following a string of fiery tank car accidents in North Dakota, Alabama, Virginia and Quebec, where 47 people died.

Hampton U. Proton Therapy Institute Is Largest Free-Standing Facility In the World

There is a new cancer treatment facility in Virginia with a proton reactor that promises more powerful and more precise control of tumors. Virginia has one of the very few in the nation.

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is one of only a dozen in the country offering a very specialized form of cancer treatment, Proton Radiation, which seems to offer its greatest promise in pediatric cases where growing tissue is more sensitive and in some other instances like the brain or the eyes where surrounding tissues are critical.

State Official Says CSX Knew About Defect Before Wreck

A State official says that a CSX inspector found a defect in the tracks the day before an oil train derailed in Lynchburg. The Richmond Times-Dispatch says that the state’s utility and safety director told a state rail safety task force about the defect, but could not elaborate on its nature or say whether it contributed to the April 30th accident.

Current regulations require railroads to analyze and act on defects they discover within 30 days. The accident resulted in a 17-car derailment, including three cars, loaded with crude oil, plunging into the James River.