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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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Wildfire Season Begins This Weekend, As Drought Spreads Statewide

Fall wildfire season in Virginia begins this weekend, as the drought spreads statewide…and the Virginia Department of Forestry is concerned that even recent rains are not enough.

With California Wildfires fresh on his mind, Department Spokesman John Campbell said, “Before this week’s rain, it has been 30 days without precipitation in Virginia, and things are very dry.”

Obama To Campaign for Northam in Richmond

Former President Obama is set to return to the campaign train for the first time since he left office, with a rally in Richmond next week to help Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia’s governor’s race.

The former President will be in Richmond next Thursday (10/19).

Northam’s Communication Director David Turner said, “I can tell you that the campaign and democrats across the commonwealth are real excited to see the president out on the campaign trail again.”

Final Guberenatorial Debate in Far Southwest Virginia Last Night

The final gubernatorial debate between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam took place in far Southwest Virginia last night.

They argued over internet access and declining population in rural areas and schools. One of the moderators was Roanoke Times political reporter Carmen Foreman, who asked what they would do to reverse a severe decline in school population in the coalfield region.

Virginia Tech Tree Physiology Expert Says Fall Colors Will Disappoint

A Virginia Tech expert on fall colors says unusually dry conditions in August and September have set up a potentially disappointing season and even the rains predicted from the remnants of Tropical Storm Nate this week will not be enough to help.

Virginia Tech tree physiology expert John Seiler says, “I think for some species, it’s already too late…hickories aren’t going to have a good vibrant yellow…and there are a lot of trees kind of going from yellow to brown in a matter of three to five days and crinkling on the tree. I can see that going on in the woods right now.”

Wason Poll: Democrats Expanding Lead in Statewide Races

With less than a month to go before elections, a new Wason Poll released this morning (10/9) shows all three statewide Democrats expanding their leads.

Currently, Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam leads former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie 49% to 42% according to the Poll. Assistant Director Rachel Bitecofer said, “That’s a one-point increase from our tracking poll last week.”

Senate Intelligence Committee Consensus: Russians Interfered. Final Report To Come

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says there is no question the Russians attempted to create chaos in our electoral system, and hacking has created a “wild wild west requiring all of us to step up our game.

Virginia Senator Mark Warner, and Republican Chairman Richard Burr presented preliminary findings today (10/5) and Warner says, “I think there is a large consensus they hacked into political files and used those files to influence the election.”

VCU And 16 Other Hospitals Have A Mass Casualty Response Plan In Place

VCU’s Health Director of Emergency Management says VCU Health Center, and 16 other regional hospitals, have a mass casualty response plan in place to help with any emergency like that which happened this morning in Las Vegas.

Director Robin Manke says they work closely with the Old Dominion EMS Agencies to get victims to the right hospitals for the right treatment at the right time. “We would be able to respond to weather any kind of cyberterrorism, any kind of transportation event, any kind of active shooters or earthquakes or any disaster that would occur.”

Warner and Senate Intelligence Committee Looking Into Social Media Ads and Possible Russian Interference in the 2016 Elections

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the “million dollar question” about Facebook election ads sold to accounts linked to Russia is how the Russians knew who to target on Facebook.

Warner is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which began looking over some 3,000 Russian-linked ads that Facebook voluntarily agreed to turn over to the committee this week. Warner said, “I am glad that Facebook has finally stepped forward.”