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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

Federal Prosecutors Want Life Sentence For Peanut Executive

Federal Prosecutors are recommending an “unprecedented” life sentence for a Virginia peanut company executive convicted in a salmonella-poisoning case. 

Nine people died, and 714 more in 46 states were sickened by truckloads of tainted peanut butter, shipped from a Georgia processing plant even after samples tested positive. 

Former Peanut Corporation of America Owner Stewart Parnell of Lynchburg was convicted last fall on 71 counts, including conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud and other crimes related to the outbreak in 2008 and 2009. 

Chesapeake Bay Group’s Annual Meeting Urged To “Get Back on Track”

Virginia’s Governor will join other regional leaders and federal officials to talk about cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, including an announcement of how officials plan to meet the goals of a bay cleanup agreement signed last year, that establishes pollution limits and sets goals for the bay to be fully restored by 2025. 

Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox Announces Million-Dollar Grant For Hi-Speed Rail

President Obama’s top transportation official says a high-speed rail link between Richmond and Washington is one of his top priorities in the waning months of Obama’s term.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox was in Richmond yesterday, to announce a one- million dollar planning grant for the project, which has been discussed for a decade but still on the drawing boards. 

Hanover Board Approves Large Mixed-Use Project on US 301

Hanover County Supervisors have approved a large, and controversial mixed use development along US Route 301. 

It will be called Caldwall Park, and include retail space, offices, houses, town houses and apartments in the 301 corridor near New Ashcake Road. 

Opponents fear traffic congestion, overcrowding at Atlee High, and an end to the rural nature of the area.  But the planning commission recommended it and the board approved it 5-2. 

Proponents said it represented managed growth is an area not considered rural in the county’s comprehensive plan.

City Jail Officials Say One Inmate Death From “Natural Causes,” Two Others Under Investigation

Richmond City jail officials say one of the three inmates who died within a 72-hour period died of natural causes, but other determinations are pending.  

It has been five days now since the news of the three deaths at Richmond’s new jail. 

Sheriff C.T. Woody said there was no foul play in the death of Javon Antoine Morris, but the exact cause is still pending and toxicology tests could take several more weeks. 

Black Bears Are Prowling Hiking Trails Looking for Food.

Authorities say hungry black bears are foraging along hiking trails in Virginia mountains and warning signs have been posted. 

There have been numerous sightings along the Appalachian trail and officials say this is the time mothers and baby bears are eating. 

The National Park Service says feeding bears is illegal, but people are leaving food out anyway, some on purpose, some out of carelessness, and the bears are getting bolder. 

The bear population has dramatically increased in recent years, some 18 thousand are estimated in Virginia.

Doctors at UVA Say New Research Undermines Traditional Beliefs on Battling Atherosclerosis

Complications caused by hardening of the Arteries are the leading cause of death here and around the world.

Dr. Gary Owens at UVA’s Cardiovascular Research Center says there is a misconception that it simply narrows blood vessels until it shuts them off.

Researchers have tried to prevent these ruptures with limited success. Dr. Owens says we’ve been chasing the wrong culprit.

The smooth muscles cells, he says can be manipulated to help provide a protective shield around the plague by knocking out a key gene KLF4, and could lead to new therapies to help stop disease.