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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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University of Virginia Study Seeks to Remedy False Witness ID in Criminal Cases

Tens of thousands of people make eyewitness identifications in criminal cases each year, sometimes resulting in false convictions. But three University of Virginia researchers are about to begin a project to improve the outcomes.

They have just received a $1.4 million dollar grant to help stop innocent people being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. “Certainly, there can be miscarriages of justice, but it’s not intentional, it is because people’s memories are not perfect,” said Karen Kafadar, a principal investigator.

Foreign Students at Major State Universities Affected by Travel Ban

Universities across Virginia have expressed concern about students and faculty members from the countries listed in the travel ban, but most seem safe for now.

Virginia Tech counts about 100 students and faculty members.

Spokesperson Matt Charles said at UVA, “About 60 students and faculty members are affected by the executive order, and we are not aware of any cancelled travel plans at this time.”

Richmond City Outpaces Neighboring Counties in Rate Of Population Growth For First Time in Decades

Virginia’s population growth has slowed, but is still ahead of the national rate, in figures released this morning by UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. The numbers are crucial for government planning and revenue sharing.

Since the 2010 Census, Virginia grew by 5.1percent, to an estimated 8.4 million

“The Richmond metro area has grown about the same rate as the Commonwealth overall…”

Hamilton Lombard is the Weldon Cooper researcher who prepared the report.

Virginia Center Commons Sold To A New York-Based Investment Group for Nine Million

Virginia Center Commons has just been sold to a New-York based investment group with plans to revitalize it and bring in more traffic.

The mall has been losing anchor stores and tenants for years. “…it’s a fire sale…,” said Henrico Director of Economic Development, Gary McClaren. “These people know they bought it for a song at $9 million dollars, I mean that’s a tremendous amount of space…”

Richmonders to Participate in Washington March for Life

Following President’s Trump’s inauguration, and last week’s Women’s March, the annual March for Life, this year marking the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is set to take place today in Washington. The anti-abortion march has taken place every year since1974. Richmonder Susan O’Neill is going. “I’m in the March for Life, because women deserve better than abortion…” And Jen Hanrahan is going. “It’s personal,because I was made a mom by a very strong woman that chose to give life to her child against all recommendations.” Jen has nine children, five of them adopted.

UVA’s Demographic Research Group Tracks Out-migration

For the first time since the Census Bureau has kept records, more people are moving out of Virginia than they are coming in.

The University of Virginia’s Demographic Research Group has compiled the figures from the Census Bureau. “Virginia grew by a little over 44,000, which is the smallest gain since the 1970’s,” said Hamilton Lombard, co-author of the report.

Fourth Circuit Court Hears Appeal Involving Treatment of Death Row Inmates

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments that Virginia’s death row inmates are being held in dehumanizing conditions and to reinstate a lawsuit to stop it.

The Rutherford Institute and the ACLU says the Department of Corrections has side-stepped court-ordered legal obligations dealing with how death row inmates are to be treated.

“They are put in small cells, with bad lighting, 23-hours a day.”

John Whitehead is President of the Rutherford Institute

Virginia Coal Production “Not Likely To Come Back…”

With President Trump’s moves torestrict the EPA and a promise to unravel the Obama-era Clean Power Act, some coal communities were hopeful lost jobs will return. But that may be optimistic.

Experts say technology and market forces more than anything else, including clean air laws have decimated the coal industry.

"1992 we seen a production of about 42 million tons…”

Butch Lambert, Deputy Director with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy says production has dropped to 13 million.

Virginia Unemployment Drops First Time in Four Months

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1% in December, after increasing for the past four months.

Ann Lang, Senior Economist at the Virginia Employment Commission, says it is a move in the right direction.

The labor force expanded for the fifth consecutive month setting a new record high, and household employment also expanded for the fourth consecutive month, also setting a record high.