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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

Start-up in Charlottesville Creates Product to Tackle Worldwide Water Contamination

A small, start-up company in Charlottesville is set to tackle the problem of contaminated water worldwide, with a small, silver-infused ceramic pill--the MadiDrop. This new University of Virginia-inspired public benefit company with a global health mission has opened administrative offices and a small production facility in Charlottesville.

Science Matters: Researchers Will Produce Tablet To Provide Clean Water Worldwide

A small, start-up company in Charlottesville is set to tackle the problem of contaminated water worldwide, with a small, silver-infused ceramic pill.

The World Health Organization says 80 percent of all sickness disease worldwide is related to contaminated water. James Smith a civil and environmental engineer and his colleagues at UVA have developed small, ceramic disinfectant tablets called MadiDrops he believes can made a big difference.

Virginia Residents Under Health Care Exchange Will See Premiums Increase In 2016

Many Virginia residents seeking insurance coverage on the health care exchange will see premiums go up next year.

Costs will increase an average of 4% for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to the US Department of Health And Human Services, but that is less than most states that will increase an average of 7.5%.

SCHEV Wants Says State Per Pupil Expenditure 44th in Nation, Wants $271.6 Million Dollar Boost

The State Council of Higher Education has released some startling numbers to persuade the General Assembly to increase funding.

Forty years ago, a Virginia College student could pay his own tuition and fees by working less than 10 hours a week during the academic year.

Today, it would take more than 44 hours a week, the equivalent of a full-time job. During just the past ten years, debt levels have risen, double the rate of inflation.

Jason Mraz Marries Long-time Girlfriend at Hanover County Church

Mechanicsville's Jason Mraz, who has become known around the world as a Grammy-award-winning singer, came home to get married Sunday (10/25).

Jason Mraz married his long-time girlfriend Christina Carano at the Historic Polegreen Church.

He grew up in Mechanicsville and graduated from Lee Davis High School, but now lives in California, where he met his future wife at a coffee shop she owned in Hermosa Beach.

ACLU Advocates Uniform Standards Statewide for Police Body-worn Cameras

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is raising concerns about the lack of uniformity in the use of police body-worn cameras across the state.

The ACLU says it has reviewed the policies of 59 local law enforcement agencies and found them “inconsistent at best, chaotic at worse,” and without uniform standards an otherwise useful tool threatens to expand the surveillance state.

State Council of Higher Education Says It’s Time For State To Increase Financial Support

The State Council of Higher Education says Virginia should step up its financial support for colleges and universities.

The coordinating body for higher education meets today (10/27) in Richmond and will deliver the message that the recession is over, the economy is rebounding, unemployment has dipped below five percent and Virginia is in a position to “reinvest substantially” in higher education.

Cameron Foundation Approves $933,000 In Grants To Tri-Cities Region’s Non-Profits

The Cameron Foundation has approved almost a million dollars in new grant funding for non-profits in in the Tri-Cities area.

The October grants includes money to 29 non-profits including Virginia State’s Harding Street Urban Agricultural Center and to Friends of  the Lower Appomattox River, which was also recognized for Outstanding Community Service, with 325 volunteers working thousands of hours to clear trails, conduct river cleanups and build park structures.

Civil War Trust To Announce Preservation Of Brandywine Station Battlefield Land

The Civil War Trust is set to announce the preservation and restoration of a portion of a major civil war battlefield today (10/26).

The announcement and ribbon-cutting are set for today at Fleetwood Hill on the Brandy Station Battlefield in Culpepper County, site of the largest cavalry battle in American History.

The Battle of Brandy Station was fought June 9th, 1863 and was the opening of the Gettysburg Campaign. Some 20,000 cavalrymen fought there.

The Civil War Trust has so far preserved 41,000 acres in 20 states.

Clean Energy Advocates Want a Comprehensive Review of Proposed Natural Gas Pipelines

Virginia legislators and clean energy advocates are seeking a comprehensive review of natural gas pipelines that include two that would be laid from West Virginia through Virginia.

They plan to tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today (10/26) that the present review process is piecemeal and the proposed pipeline projects are too big and too dangerous to the environment not to have a comprehensive review.