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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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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.

Million Dollar Tech Fire Destroys Home of a Future Prototype

A million dollar fire destroyed a Virginia Tech Research Facility about four miles off campus Sunday night (2/12).

It also destroyed one of Virginia Tech’s most ambitious projects to improve the homes we live in. The building that burned was the construction and fabrication shop for Tech FutureHaus, a prototype to define the future of smart, sustainable housing.

The research facility was levelled and the prototypes destroyed but plans to rebuild are already under way.

Yesterday’s High of 82 Sets a Record

Yesterday’s (2/12) high temperature set an all-time record in the area. Nothing else is even close.

At Richmond International, it topped out at 82 degrees, a record for February 12th.

A front brought some brief rain and dropped the temperature to 48 degrees at 4:00 a.m., and there were wind advisories for some areas today.

Today is closer to normal, down about 30 degrees with a high around 50.

McGuire VA Medical Center Develops Artificial Limb with Computer Interface to Brain

Doctors and Researcher at McGuire VA Medical Center have just developed a revolutionary prosthesis that takes commands directly from the brain. “Yeah, we have a small electric motor here…(snap)…when the impulse goes from his brain and into the computer and comes back to here, it activates the switches,” said John Fox, Chief of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Lab and the one who collaborated with Dr. Douglas Murphy, to build an artificial leg that literally “reads your mind.”

Chesterfield Home Values Almost Complete Recovery From 2008 Recession

Home values in Chesterfield County have made an almost complete recovery from the 2008 recession, and it makes county planning easier, and an increase in the tax rate less likely.

Americans lost trillions of dollars in home values during the recession, but in Chesterfield, it’s all coming back. “Oh, this is good news…,” Lou Lassiter, Deputy County Administrator says, “People’s home values have rebounded to 97% of where they were back in 2008.”

Sweet Briar College Announces New President

Sweet Briar College, one of 39 remaining all-women’s colleges in the nation, has just announced a new president to lead it in the next phase of its recovery effort.

Sweet Briar, which almost closed its doors two years ago, yesterday (2/6) introduced a new president on campus, calling her a bold and strong agent of change.

Meridith Woo is a former dean at UVA, and more recently helped develop colleges in the former Soviet block, and higher education for refugees in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. She becomes the college’s 13th president May 15th.

Heart Transplant Recipient And Doctor Urge Donors To Help Others On Waiting List

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world and in the United States for both men and women.

This is American Heart Month and 88.9 WCVE’s Charles Fishburne visited with a heart transplant survivor, who says he now has a new mission for his life. Kinzo Evans and Dr. Keyur Shah talk about Evans’ recent heart transplant and urge people to consider organ donation to help those on the waiting list.