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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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Tech Researchers Working on Flame-Proof Battery

A Virginia Tech researcher is working on a solution to the problem that is causing Samsung cellphones to spontaneously burst into flames, causing a massive recall.

Samsung distributed one million Galaxy Note 7 cellphones and is calling all of them back, because of over 100 fires in the first month of their release.

Lou Madsen is an associate professor of chemistry at Virginia Tech who has developed an ion gel formula that could fix that.

Some Customers Still Without Power

More than 135,000 Dominion Virginia Power Customers are still without power as of 5:30 a.m. this morning (10/10), and the company says some won’t be restored for days.

Crews are struggling with flooded roads and the same soaked ground that set up the massive outages when Matthew blew through.

Just before before dawn this morning, about 4,000 customers in the Richmond Metro, Tri-Cities area were still without power.

CDC Grants Six Million Dollars For VCU Program To Reduce Youth Violence in Richmond

The Centers for Disease Control has just funded a $6 million dollar program at Virginia Commonwealth University to help reduce youth violence in Richmond.

VCU already has programs in place, including bully prevention, domestic violence and date violence. But they want to go deeper.

The program will recruit community members to go door to door, and hold community meetings to brainstorm solutions.

Virginia Tech Expert Picks Peak Weekend For Fall Leaves

An expert at Virginia Tech has picked what he believes will be the perfect weekend for fall leaves in Virginia and he says, the recent rains will help the colors.

Tech Forestry Professor John Seiler was worried about the dry weather until last week. He says the shorter days trigger the leaves, rain keeps them from turning brown early, and finally sunshine can bring out the red.

The best weekend he says is October 21st and 22nd.

Longwood University Hosts VP Debate Tonight

Focus of the nation will be on Farmville tonight (10/4) for the vice-presidential debate,and on Longwood University, where excitement among students is building.

There are 5,000 students here, and Sunday night, they held a lottery to select 100 who will get seats for a moment in history.

The little town of 7,000 and Longwood University will be hosting the vice-presidential debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence, and millions will watch on TV.

Hurricane Matthew Track Could Bring Heavy Rains To Virginia for Weekend

North Carolina’s Governor has declared a state of emergency for 66 counties now in the path of Hurricane Matthew, and forecasters in Virginia are tracking the powerful storm, now making its way up the Caribbean.

It is a currently a Category 4 storm with winds about 145 miles an hour, too early to tell exactly where or how it might impact Virginia, but heavy rain is possible this weekend.

Wason Poll: Clinton Over Trump 42 to 35 Following the Debate

The latest Wason Poll released this morning (10/3), shows Hillary Clinton gained a slight debate bump over Donald Trump in Virginia, but it also showed some significant movement among key voter groups.

Clinton gained three percentage points, and Trump two, from Independent and third-party candidates. That’s 42% to 35%.

Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, Assistant Director of the Wason Poll, says the net gain was o1%, but the debate did reveal some undercurrents. She says aside from party affiliation, the most notable gaps occur in education and gender.

Richmond Unemployment Rate Up In August

The Richmond Area unemployment rate was up slightly in August.

Most of Virginia’s 10 metro areas saw small increases from July to August.

That amounts to almost 28 thousand counted out of work.

Employers in the Richmond area did add 1,900 jobs from July to August, with the strongest gains in retail trade, health care ands ocial assistance.

Richmond was tied with Indianapolis at the 15th lowest in the country, and the 51 major metropolitan areas.

New Wason Poll Shows Clinton Leads in Temperament and Experience; Trump in Economic Development and Jobs

The latest Wason Poll, released this morning (9/28), indicates Virginia voters rate Clinton over Trump on temperament and experience, Trump in promoting jobs and economic development and honesty, but not by much.

This survey was conducted before the debate and gives Clinton highmarks in key areas. Voters thought Trump was more trustworthy and honest by a slight margin, but both scored poorly and more than a third of likely voters offered no response.