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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

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.

Henrico’s New Assistant School Superintendent Given National Honor

Henrico County’s newly-named assistant superintendent of  schools has just been named Superintendent of the Year for the entire country.

It is for her work at Isle of Wight Public Schools that Katrise Perera won the recognition from the National Association of School Superintendents.

The Association called her “an indomitable crusader leveraging teamwork to found a progressive, learning environment.”

Attorney General Herring Says Removal of Confederate Flag is Danville’s Call

Attorney General Mark Herring says the Confederate flag has no place on public property, but that it is up to Danville City Council to decide whether or not to remove it from a city museum. 

The flag still flies over the old Sutherlin Mansion, where Jefferson Davis got word of Lee’s defeat at Appomattox.

It’s a museum now and Danville City Council refuses to remove the flag, citing a state law that says local governing bodies cannot change or interfere with a designated historical site.

Trucker Charged In Death of Two Motorcyclist After Veering Off Road

Authorities say a truck driver was in court yesterday (7/20) and faces charges after his 18-wheeler hit a group of motorcyclists parked along I-85 in Greensboro, killing two.

One of them was 51-year old Kenneth Jefferson of Chesterfield County. He was with a group of five motorcyclists working out a mechanical issue on the side of the road, when the tractor trailer veered off the interstate and barreled into them.

One rider died at the scene, Jefferson was transported to a hospital and died later.

Warehouse Wall in Henrico Collapses

Henrico Fire officials say part of a warehouse wall collapsed last night (7/20).

It happened about 7:45 p.m. in the 5800 block of South Laburnam Avenue, where a portion of  a masonry veneer side wall attached to structural steel collapsed.

The building was not occupied at the time.

Officials say all utilities, including gas, power and water have been secured, and an investigation is underway to determine how it happened.

College Enrollment In Virginia Expected To Increase 7% By 2021

Colleges and Universities in Virginia expect enrollment to increase by more than 7% by 2021.

The State Council of Higher Education will get those preliminary numbers at its regular meeting tomorrow (7/21), and Director Peter Blake says the projects serve as benchmarks to ensure Virginia stays on track.

The report says public and private institutions expect to enroll about 475,000 undergraduates in 2021. Last year’s total was about 442,000.

Confederate Flag Comes Down At Norfolk Naval Shipyard

A Confederate flag has been quietly taken down from outside the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

It happened over the weekend, without ceremony. The flag has flown over the shipyard in Portsmouth since 1967, alongside an American flag, a British flag and the flag of Virginia.

A spokesperson said the flags had marked the shipyard’s 248 year history, but times change.

Sunday (7/19), there were still four flags flying, but they were all American.