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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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NASA Honors African American Women Who Contributed to Early Moon Exploration

NASA Langley kicked off a yearlong centennial celebration for its Hampton facility yesterday (12/1), with a film called “Hidden Figures...” highlighting the work done by African-American women in the early days of space travel and the early days of computers.

Three women are featured, that NASA says were instrumental in getting men to the moon. Katherine Johnson says, back in the day, they asked her to tell them if the computer was right.

Unemployment Rate Ticks Up As Labor Market Surges

Richmond’s unemployment rate ticked up in October, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

First, the increase was small.

The unemployment rate was up one tenth of a percent, just a bit.

September was 4.1 percent and October was 4.2

Those percentages are not seasonally adjusted, and Ann Lang, Senior Economist at the Virginia Employment Commission, says it was caused in part by the region’s labor force growing larger and more people looking for work.

Virginia Rail Policy Institute Assesses 2016 Elections and Future of Rail

Rail Experts, lobbyists and advocates are meeting today to talk about the future of rail in view of the 2016 elections.

Futuristic trains are whizzing past platforms in Japan, China, France and Spain, while America lags far behind.

Rail Transportation in general, both freight and passenger, have flat-lined in terms of capturing market share

Michael Testerman is Executive Director of the Virginia Rail Policy Institute.

Mary Baldwin University To Allow Male Students To Reside on Campus

Mary Baldwin University will create a new, coeducational unit next year that, for the first time, breaks from its single-sex residential tradition, and offer a three-year, fast-track degree program.

Mary Baldwin has been co-ed since 1977. But men routinely living on campus is something new.

The Mary Baldwin College for Women will be retained within the coed university and continue to be single sex. The new program is about surviving and adapting.

There are only about 40 women-only colleges and universities left in the country.

VCU Researcher Receives $2.5 Million Dollar Grant to Help Young People With Disabilities Find Employment

A VCU researcher has received a five-year, $2.5 million dollar federal grant to help young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find and hold jobs in the real world.

Beginning next Spring, 20 young people from the Richmond area will be recruited, trained and integrated into the workforce.

Large Forest Fire Continues to Burn in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

A large forest fire continues to burn in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, with no end in sight. At last report, it was at 4,400 acres and spreading.

John Miller, Director of Fire and Emergency Response, Virginia Department of Forestry, says they have stopped the fire short of residences. That’s on the east side.

West and deeper into the national forests, about 122 firefighters and support staff are struggling, with additional resources on the way.

Virginia Declares Public Health Emergency on Opioid Addiction, Eases Restrictions on Overdose Drug

Virginia is now allowing anyone in the state to buy a powerful overdose treatment, without a prescription, as state officials declare a public health emergency for Virginia’s opioid addiction crisis. The drug is Naloxone, which can be used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergencies.

The announcement yesterday (11/21) came as Governor Terry McAuliffe, along with the state health commissioner, declared a public health emergency for the state’s opioid addiction crisis.

Currently three Virginians die every day from opioid related overdoses.

New Holiday Traffic Patterns at Amazon November 20–December 20

Chesterfield’s Amazon Fulfillment Center began its holiday drill yesterday (11/20), with changing traffic patterns now in effect.

There will be police officers, signs and new traffic patterns for the morning commute.

Times are 4:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Same as last year, these new patterns will last until December 20th.

William and Mary Study Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten Hampton Roads

A William and Mary Study warns that rising sea levels could ultimately cost the Hampton Roads region more than $100 million in extra damage and costs annually if no measures are taken to mitigate the risks of coastal flooding.

he study was released this week by the Law Schools’ Virginia Coastal Policy Center and says seas will rise a foot and a half by 2040 and pose threats to about $100 billion dollars worth of buildings, not including military installations and ports.

Last week, we talked with Anamaria Bukvik, an environmental expert at Virginia Tech,who saw it coming.

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