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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

For-Profit ITT Educational Services Closes 130 Campuses, Including Richmond

The for-profit chain ITT Educational Services announced that it is shutting down all of its 130 campuses nationwide, including five in Virginia and one in Richmond.

There are over 500 students enrolled in ITT’s Gateway Center Campus, whose classes have been cut. But Sylvia Rosa-Casanova at the State Councilof Higher Education says they are working to help them recover.

She says students will receive email notifications from the State Council of Higher Education on how they might save their records, transfer their credits, and recoup their financial losses.

Ellwood Thompson’s Named Best Grocery Store in Virginia

A Richmond Grocery Store, Ellwood Thompson’s, has been named the best grocery store in Virginia by the website The Daily Meal, which ranks the best store in each state, based on reviews on Google, Yelp, Foursquare and Facebook and informal interviews.

Pleasing customers is just one of its missions. In June, the store announced it had become a benefit corporation, underscoring its mission of social responsibility, including its own employees.

Disabled Runner Returns to Virginia Beach Marathon As Storm Clouds Clear

Slow-moving Hermine was still delivering strong winds, dangerous storm surges and rip currents to the Northeast yesterday (9/4) after causing destruction along the East Coast, but tourists were back at Virginia Beach and life was almost back to normal, especially for one courageous runner in the annual marathon.

The race returned and so did 18 year old Greg Kenney, who suffered a sudden cardiac death at the Rock n’Roll marathon last year, but yesterday he was back in a wheelchair.

Wason Poll Leaves Presidential Race for More Competitive Contests

The latest Wason Poll released this morning (9/1) shows Richmond voters want their next mayor to concentrate on schools, finances and internal cooperation.

But the poll itself is a departure from past surveys. Traditionally, the Wason Poll might have numbers in the presidential contest, but not today.

We’ve been talking with Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Poll, following its release this morning.

Preservationists, Volunteers and Students Rebuilt 1860 House in Ettrick

A house built in 1860 is being restored just adjacent to the campus at Virginia State University as part of a larger effort to build a community.

Preservation Volunteers,Virginia State Students and $130,000 dollars from the Cameron foundation are going to work to restore the historic Summerseat House in Ettrick.

Bob Mullally and his wife Barbara are volunteers from Coldwater Michigan. They are part of the HistoriCorps Institute.

The restoration is also about building relationships.

Coalition Formed To Raise Awareness of Opioid Addiction and Death

September is National Recovery Month, and a group of leading Richmond area organizations have formed a coalition to fight one of the most potentially deadly drugs of them all.

The Centers for Disease Control says more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year on record, and most were from opioids.

Natural Bridge of Virginia Is About To Become the 37th State Park

Virginia is about to get is 37th state park. The Natural Bridge of Virginia has been a tourist attraction since the Colonies.

George Washington is said to have surveyed it, Thomas Jefferson owned it, and thousands have enjoyed it.

Jim Jones is the new park ranger at Virginia’s newest state park. A conservation group bought it and will donate it to the state when it is paid off. Meanwhile, the state will take over management in September.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Finds E Coli Pollution Up to100 Times State Standards at Richmond Area Recreation Spots

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says after a heavy rainfall, bacteria levels at some of the Richmond area’s more popular waterways can be up to 100 times higher than Virginia Standards for swimming and recreation.

The Foundation just concluded a pilot project to measure the levels of E Coli. Highest was at the Mouth of Gillies Creek, a popular fishing spot where the creek meets the James. CBF Executive Director Rebecca LePrell, says it is also nasty.

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.