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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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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.

Clinton Maintains Substantial Lead Over Trump in Wason Poll Released This Morning

On the day of the first Presidential debate, a Wason Poll released at 6:00 a.m. this morning indicates Clinton has a substantial lead over Trump.

Despite earlier polls that show Clinton’s lead in Virginia’s critical presidential numbers is diminishing, the Wason Poll still shows her in double digits, in a head to head race with one caveat.

Pipeline Repaired, Gasoline On Its Way to East Coast

Colonial Pipeline says its main gasoline line has been safety restarted and returned to service, and the steep rise in prices is leveling off.

Colonial has bypassed the break in Alabama along the massive pipeline that connects the refining hub of the Gulf Coast to the East Coast, that has been shut for more than 12 days, sending prices up 12¢ in Virginia, but the spiral appears to have stopped.

Chesterfield Planners Roll Out Ideas To Improve Future Apartment Development

Chesterfield County Planning Commission has a special meeting today (9/22) on residential quality standards relative to apartments. The Planning Staff is scheduled to present to the planning commission their preliminary ideas on how to improve the overall quality of future apartment projects in the county.

Chesterfield County has over 130,000 housing units, 80% are single family, 14% apartments, 3% townhouses, 2% condos and 1% mobile homes.

The meeting today is 9:00 a.m. to noon. The public is invited, but there is no scheduled comment period.

State Fair of Virginia Opens Tomorrow For A 10-Day Run

The State Fair of Virginia is set to open its for its annual 10-day run tomorrow (9/22).

The State Fair of Virginia opens with a lot of history. Spokesman Greg Hicks says the State Fair of Virginia is a different animal since its move to Meadow Event Park, and its ownership by the Farm Bureau Federation.

It's lots of food, games, rides, activities and above all, a reminder that farms are important.

He expects about 200,000 people over the ten day run. Gates open tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.

Triple A Says Pipeline Could Be Repaired Today, But Prices Will Continue To Rise Briefly

Gasoline prices in Virginia are up .14¢ per gallon over this time last month, due to a break in the Colonial Pipeline, but they could soon begin coming down again. Triple A MidAtlantic says those prices went up .08¢ since Friday (6/16), and will continue to rise, but there may be an end in sight.

Since the pipeline burst and supplies have been disrupted, prices in Virginia have continued to climb. As of yesterday (9/20), prices in Virginia were averaging $2.07, up .08¢ in just four days, but still the ninth lowest in the nation. Richmond was lower still, at $2.04.