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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 Langley Dedicates Newest Building To Katherine Johnson, Computational Pioneer

NASA Langley has just officially opened its newest facility in Hampton Roads, named for the computational genius Katherine Johnson, who was featured in the film “Hidden Figures” released earlier this year.

The ribbon cutting was Friday (9/22).

“We are here to honor the legacy of one of the most admired and inspirational people ever associated with NASA.”

Northam and Democrats Show Advantage Over Republicans

The latest Wason poll released this morning (9/25), shows Northam over Gillespie for Governor and Democrats in a favorable position across the board, just six weeks before elections.

The Christopher Newport University Wason poll shows Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam over Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie 47-41. Assistant Director Rachel Bitecofer said, “Our Wason Center poll affirms what we have been seeing in other polls there is an advantage for Ralph Northam, but the race is reasonably tight. Northam is leading Gillespie by about six percent in this poll.”

Chesterfield County Breaks Ground for New Enon Elementary

Groundbreaking is set this morning (9/22) for Chesterfield County’s newest elementary school, which has much in common with the county’s oldest school. For Enon Elementary, it’s the location and the history. Bermuda School District School Board Representative Carrie Coyner says, “I called it my school when I was a child and my parents so it has served many generations of people who called Enon home.”

Virginia Gains 19% More Certified Organic Farms in 2015

The number of USDA Certified Organic Farms in Virginia is up 19 percent over 2015, ranking the Commonwealth 22nd in the country.

Elaine Lidholme is Director of Communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and says the move is market driven. “There are people out there to whom organic is so important that they are willing to pay more for it.”

This includes both crops and livestock.

“The farmer has to go through a lot of steps. It does not mean pesticides are prohibited, it does mean you have to use certain types.”

Lexington Steeped in Confederate History…and Names, Facing Issues

Lexington Virginia is steeped in history, much of it Confederate, and the recent events over statues and names has impacted the otherwise peaceful mountain town.

Lexington may have a problem.


“Washington and Lee University, how may I direct your call?”

“Thank you for calling Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital…"

“Thank you for calling Lee Chapel Museum on the Campus of Washington and Lee…”

“Stonewall Jackson House, this is Denise…”

New National Task Force Recommendations on Cervical Cancer Screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just released new recommendations for cervical cancer screenings.

Dr. Krist says the screenings have cut cervical cancer’s incidence and mortality in half in three decades, and need to continue. “What’s different is for women age 30-65. We are now recommending that you either get a pap smear every three years or they can get a HPV, human papillomavirus test every five years,” said Dr. Krist.

He says previous recommendations resulted in some redundancies and resulted in more false positives.

The Supreme Court of Virginia Rules General Assembly Has Right To Strip SCC Of Regulatory Powers

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled a current suspension of regulatory reviews of electric utility rates by the SCC will stand.

The SCC’s power to regulate electricity rates goes back 101 years until 2015, when the General Assembly stripped it for seven years, while the utilities wrestled with the Clean Power Plan and its possible impact.

But dissenters said it would cost consumers $1 billion dollars and was unconstitutional.