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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

UVA Student Groups and Faculty Members Plan Rally, Protests, Teach-in Friday

A group of University of Virginia Students and faculty members is planning a walk-out on inauguration day.

Members of the Black Student Alliance and other advocacy groups, plan a walk-out, a rally and a teach-in.

Westin Gobar is Political Action Chair of the Black Student Alliance. He says there will be a teach-in and workshop on protest and practical political action as they face four years of a Trump presidency, beginning with local government.

Liquor-by-the-drink Regulations Under Fire

Virginia’s half-century-old liquor-by-the drink law is under fire from restaurant owners who say it is unfair and out of date. Since the 1960’s, legislators allowed liquor by the drink sales in restaurants as long as about half the income came from food sales. Before that, Virginia was dry.

But State Senator Bill DeSteph says time and tastes have changed and he has a bill to ease those restrictions.

Flu Cases Spiking in Virginia

Flu cases are spiking on both coasts according to the Centers for Disease Control, and the Virginia Department of Health reports cases in the Commonwealth are up dramatically.

As of the second week in January, flu cases are widespread across the state.

Sarah Fenno, Virginia Department of Health, says it is a relatively mild form of flu. The vaccine appears to be working.

Congressman Dave Brat’s Bill to Reform Health Savings Accounts

Virginia’s 7th District Republican Congressman Dave Brat has introduced one of the first Republican plans to begin replacing Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and revising the healthcare system. Brat’s plan would reform the Health Savings Account, increasing contribution limits, repealing over the counter restrictions and eliminating the high deductible health plan mandate.

But it is a small part of the healthcare puzzle.

Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy Says Hospitals Make Enough, Favors Repeal of COPN Laws

The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy has just released its annual study on the financial health of Virginia Hospitals, and calls for an end to Certificate of Public Need regulations.

The Institute says Certificate of Public Need creates a monopoly that is not good for Virginia and hospitals make enough money already.

Michael Thompson is the Institute President and author of the report.

UVA Researcher Finds Root Cause of Dry Eyes – Clinical Trials Begin in March

A University of Virginia Researcher has developed a formula that for the first time treats the causes, not just the symptoms, of dry eyes.

Millions of Americans suffer from dry eyes. To date, over-the counter drops don’t help much.

Gordon Laurie is a professor of cell biology at the University of Virginia and he says the prescription drugs treat only the inflammation, not the cause. He’s been working on this problem for 32 years, and says, he thinks he can fix it.

Health Of The Chesapeake Bay Improves, But Work Remains

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has just released its biennial State of the Bay report and says its overall health has risen from a D to a C-, but recovery is fragile.

The Foundation Celebrated its 50th year with better numbers and says the Chesapeake Bay is clearer, underwater grasses are beginning to thrive, and oysters are making a comeback.

Henrico Lures German Company To Open Warehouse in Byrd Corporate Park

Henrico County will become home to a German company that could offer a solution to this nation’s aging infrastructure underground.

Most major cities in the country, including Richmond, are facing major problems with corroded pipes, and are looking for solutions. The Impreg Group is confident they have the answer.

Impreg will open a warehouse in Henrico’s Byrd Corporate Park, and plan to expand into manufacturing in phase 2, spending $5.4 million and hiring 60 people.