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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

Ashland Farmers’ Market Host to Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services as Virginia Farmers’ Market Week Begins

Virginia’s Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services kicked off Virginia’s Farmers’ Market week over the weekend in Ashland. Farmers markets have tripled across the state. Commissioner Sandy Adams visited the Ashland Farmers market over the weekend, just across the tracks on England Street and says people love both the food and the farmers. The Ashland Farmers market has a rule - the goods must come from a 30 mile radius - and it is fresh! Mike Wiblin is the old-timer, Jim Steward is a retired marketer and inventor.

Route 288 Ramp to I-95 Closed This Weekend

VDOT will be closing multiple ramps on Route 288 in Chesterfield this weekend for a major resurfacing project.

Jessica Cowardin, a spokesperson for VDOT says Weather permitting, two ramps will be closed all weekend.

It is part of a 13 million dollar resurfacing project that extends between I-95 and just north of Iron Bridge Road, and there will be more such closings through late September.

Settlement Reached in Dispute Over Language Barrier in Rental Policy

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginian and CBP Properties have jointly settled a fair housing complaint, alleging discrimination based on national origin, for $33,000 dollars and a change in policy.

In December 2013, a Spanish speaking home seeker attempted to view a rental home in Richmond listed by Executives, Inc., accompanied by her daughter to act as an interpreter. In this case, the home seeker was allegedly denied access to see the home when the office receptionist learned that no adult would be on the lease that could speak sufficient English.

Virginia Moves to Expand Agriculture and Forestry Exports To More Foreign Markets

Governor McAuliffe has just announced an $850,000 dollar investment over the next biennium to expand Virginia’s global footprint in the Middle East and in Southeast Asia for agricultural and forestry products.

Standing on the docks at the Port of Norfolk, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore said it is critical to introduce Virginia products to the world market.

With the $850,000, Virginia will open two new trade offices in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, Northern Africa region.

Researchers at UVA Say They Have Found the Clue to Stopping One of the More Deadly Hospital Acquired Infection Strains

The CDC says 75,000 people died from hospital acquired infections in 2014. But Researchers at UVA say they have found a key to stopping one of the more deadly strains of the Superbugs.

The CDC has labeled a relatively new epidemic strain of C. Difficile an “urgent threat.” Dr. Bill Petri, Chief of UVA’s Division of Infectious Diseases, says many patients bring the infection into the hospital with them, but the use of antibiotics kills protective cells in the gut called eosinophils.

Charlottesville Man Challenges Trump

A Charlottesville man, father of a Muslim son who died protecting his troops in Iraq, offered a copy of the U.S. Constitution to Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention last night (7/28) and invited him to visit Arlington National Cemetery, saying, “you’ve have sacrificed nothing.”

Khizr Khan stood with his wife at the podium and challenged Donald Trump. His son was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving their country in Iraq.

Education Conference: Classrooms, Not Courtrooms: Discipline and Achievement Gaps

About 800 educators from around the state have just wrapped up a two-day conference in Richmond on discipline and achievement in public schools. The Virginia Department of Education sponsored the conference called “Classrooms Not Courtrooms: School Discipline and the Achievement Gap Institute.”

The two-day conference focused on transforming policies and procedures to decrease racial and ethnic disproportionality in school discipline.