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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.

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ACLU Terms Gavin Grimm’s Case “Urgent,” As Trump Drops Federal Guidelines on Transgender Students

The case of a Virginia student takes on added importance in the wake of President’s Trump’s decision to withdraw federal guidelines from the Obama era, that specified transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity.

Gavin Grimm’s case is set to be heard before the US Supreme Court next month, and today the ACLU says this is "an incredibly urgent issue.”

The ACLU’s Senior Staff Attorney Joshua Block in a conference call earlier today.

UVA Researchers Discover Common Asthma Drugs Might Help Prevent Influenza Pneumonia

University of Virginia researchers have discovered two asthma and allergy drugs that may offer a way to prevent a form of pneumonia that is extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal.

Influenza normally does not spread into the air sacs deep within the lungs, but when it does, it can cause a form of pneumonia that can kill.

UK Company, Partner With Rolls Royce, Will Locate In Hanover

A British Company is locating a new manufacturing facility in Hanover Business Center, with a close partnership to the Rolls Royce Plant in Prince George County.

Rolls Royce makes airplane engine parts and each part must have a permanent ID.

“If anything goes wrong with a plane or a part, they actually know the exact time, factory, who did it…they know everything about the exact moment that part was made…,” said Barry Matherly.

Three New Grocery Stores in the Works for Mechanicsville Turnpike

Grocery Wars are heating up in Mechanicsville, with plans just announced by both Publix and a new German entity to build along the busy 360 corridor.

Publix plans to anchor a new shopping center proposed for an 18 acre site at 360 and Brandy Creek Drive. “Applicant has met its site plans, they have been reviewed and resubmitted and they are on their second review,” said David Maloney, Director of Planning. He says if approved, the 49 thousand square foot Publix could open in mid-2018.

Director of UVA’s Miller Center Says Every President Has First Year Security Crisis; Trump’s Came Early

The Director of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center says the resignation of Michael Flynn is President Trump’s first major national security crisis. He says it came early.

The Miller Center has been tracking national security crises long before Donald Trump, and produced a video on first year threats.

“Every American President inherits a world filled with dangers and challenges…the wars and revolutions that shape history,” said Bill Antholis, CEO of the Miller Center.

Quinnipiac Poll Shows Virginia Leaning Democratic in Governor’s Race--So Far

A Quinnipiac University Poll just released shows either of two Democrats tops any Republican candidate for Governor in the 2017 race so far.

Democrats Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam top the list and are deadlocked at 19-19, but that roughly 3 in 5 voters don’t know who these people are.

Nonetheless, Peter Brown Assistant Director says either Democrat beat the top Republican contender, Ed Gillespie, who leads a field of 4 with 24%, followed by Corey Stewart at 7%, Frank Wagner at 5% and Denver Riggleman at 2%.

Virginia Tech Researcher Says Social Media Fake News Is Changing The Way We Think

With President Donald Trump set to expand his social media team this week, a Virginia Tech researcher says social media fake news is undermining individual beliefs and understanding in this country. 

Donald Trump is not the first to use social media. Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton had large staffs do it. But Trump has taken it to another level.

“He acts like a normal person on thestreet who has something to say to everybody,” said Tech’s Mark Orr. “It puts people in the mindset that they are hearing something from someone who is just like them.”

ACLU Joins U.S. Department of Justice In Culpeper Islamic Center Case

The ACLU has joined the U.S. Department of Justice in a high-profile discrimination against Culpeper County involving construction of a Mosque.

Culpeper has denied a sewer permit for the planned Mosque, and the suit began with an Obama administration Department of Justice that alleged religious discrimination.

Carl Tobias said, “Well, that’s right… and I think one of the concerns about Attorney General Sessions is that he would not enforce the Civil Rights laws.” He added, “And so this is an early opportunity to test that out…”

Federal Judge Issues Nation's First Preliminary Injunction In Travel Ban Case

A federal judge in Alexandria has issued the nation’s first preliminary injunction against President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigration.

U.S. District Judge Brinkema found that Virginia is likely to prevail on the merits of its claim that the order violates the establishment clause in the First Amendment. “The overwhelming evidence shows that this ban was conceived in religious bigotry, and is actually making our armed forces less safe here and abroad,” said Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.