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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

Anti-Trump Protestors Take To the Streets in Richmond, Cities Across the Country

Anti-Trump protestors took to the street in cities across the country last night (11/9), including Richmond, blasting his campaign rhetoric and shouting “not my president.”

They protested in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and in dozens more.

In Richmond, police say an estimated 1,000 protestors flooded onto the interstate near the 95-64 interchange and through the city, chanting obscenities and shutting down traffic. A reporter for WWBT says he was attacked by a crowd near VCU.

University of Richmond Expert Says Healthcare For 385,000 Virginians Now In Jeopardy

There are over 385,000 Virginians enrolled in Affordable Care Act Insurance in Virginia, whose coverage is now in doubt.

Before the election, Donald Trump vowed to dismantle and replace Obama Care. In theory, that could happen quickly.

Rick Mayes is a professor of public policy and political science at the University of Richmond. Trump mentioned possible tax incentives, but details are unclear.

Mays advised President George H.W. Bush’s administration on Medicaid policy he spoke yesterday (11/9) at a forum at the UVA School of Medicine.

Virginia Tech Climate Expert Says Global Warming Is Real

The New Paris Agreements to limit Global Warming have just gone into effect, but a Virginia Tech researcher says the risks are high and there is no time to waste if we are to avoid catastrophic events.

The Army Corps of Engineers, for example, says sea level in Norfolk could rise as much as six feet by the end of the century, threatening the Naval base, local homes, and local businesses

Anamaria Bukvic, a Virginia Tech climate expert, says sinking land, global warming, and rising seas are real.

Final Wason Poll: Clinton 48, Trump 42 in Virginia

Hillary Clinton maintains a six-point lead over Donald Trump in Virginia, according to a Wason Poll released this morning (11/7).

The final poll is out, and that’s what Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center says the day before elections. Dr. Rachel Bitercofer, Assistant Director, says Trump regained some lost ground among Republican women, but still faces a 10 point gender gap.

This poll was taken after the news that the FBI was re-examining Clinton emails, but before the announcement yesterday they found nothing to warrant any charges.

Virginia Secures Additional Federal Money to Expand Caregiver’s Program for Alzheimer’s Victims

Virginia has secured additional federal funding to expand statewide a program to strengthen services for Virginians experiencing dementia and their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s cases are expected to skyrocket in Virginia by2030, causing pain to both the victims and the families.

Jim Rothrock, Commissioner of the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, says the 260 thousand dollar grant will expand Families Services to enroll another 100 caregivers.

There is a documentary on the Caregiver’s perspective on WCVE Television November 10th at 9 PM.

VCU Receives 4.3 Million Dollar Grant to Study How Companies Hire and Retain Workers With Disabilities

Virginia Commonwealth University has just received a 4.3million dollar grant to study how companies hire and retain workers with disabilities.

Principal Investigator Paul Wehman has spent 30 years researching and advocating ways to find a new jobs and a new life for people with disabilities.

One of the main studies will be a five-year project with Bon Secours which has had a very active program.

Science Matters: Town of Ashland Will Help Curb Pollution With Unique Police Parking Lot

The Town of Ashland has embarked on an ambitious project to help clean up its own rivers and streams and keep its commitment to the Chesapeake Bay.

In Ashland yesterday (11/2) a fire hose was pumping gallons of water into the new police parking lot, that seemed to be sucking it up.

Town Engineer Ingrid Stenbjorn says the town had a crumbling parking lot and a polluted stream nearby, and decided both needed more than a simple fix.

Gloucester Man With Alzheimer’s Says Experimental Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Keep Him, and His Memory, Alive

A Gloucester County man with Alzheimer’s is part of a highly-experimental procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation. Also used with Parkinson’s patients, researchers are testing whether the therapy helps cognition and memory for those with Alzheimer’s.

Don Talbott was playing in a gospel band, when his wife Christy noticed something wrong.

Christy Talbott: He would sort of space out. He would stop playing in the middle of a song, he would stop singing if it was a singing part for him.

Full Fourth Circuit To Hear NC Prayer in Government Meetings Appeal

The issue of prayers in public meetings will get a full hearing by the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals for the first time, since a landmark Supreme Court decision in 2014.

The Supreme Court ruled that public prayers in government meetings were constitutional as long as they reflected tradition and embraced diversity.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says the North Carolina case could spell it out. The Rowan County, North Carolina Board of Supervisors had been opening meetings with prayers, mostly Christian.

Virginia Tech Professor Honored by Smithsonian Magazine in Flint, Michigan EPA Case

The Virginia Tech Professor who blew the whistle in the Flint Michigan water poisoning scandal has just been named an American Ingenuity Winner by Smithsonian Magazine.

Answering a mother’s cry for help, Virginia Tech Envionmental Professor Marc Edwards took a team to Flint, and found elevated lead levels and bacteria in tap water the EPA and other agencies had said was safe.

Lead levels are down, but this week another Tech team is back in Flint for a final round of testing.

Edwards will be presented his award by Smithsonian Magazine in December.