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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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Last Day for Virginia Aviation Museum

The Virginia Aviation Museum is set to close its doors for good today (6/30).

It was crowded on the day before closing. Admission is still free and time is running out.

A deal to lease the facility to the nonprofit Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society fell through. Society members are still looking for support and funds to carry on, perhaps from the legislature.

But the doors will close today on 38 priceless aircraft at the Museum and no word yet on their fate.

First Mid-Atlantic Ocean Management Plan Set To Be Released

For the first time, a Mid-Atlantic Ocean management plan to preserve and protect the ocean and the people who use it is set to be released next week. From the beginning, competing interests have coexisted on the coastlines and beyond, but the impending arrival of wind power and off-shore drilling has raised the stakes. Laura McKay is Program Manager of the Virginia Coastal Management Program and a key player in developing the Mid-Atlantic regional plan, to preserve and protect the ocean and the competing interests of shipping, fisheries, recreation, the military and energy .

Researchers at Massey Cancer Center Report Surprisingly Positive Results in Combination Drug Therapy Clinical Trials

Paul Dent, Ph.D, Universal Corporation Chair in Cancer Cell Signaling and a member of the Cancer Cell Signaling research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center: So what we have here is a lady who has triple-negative breast cancer on her skin. She’s had ten prior treatments.

Fishburne: Paul Dent is a biochemist, who led a team of Massey scientists in testing a new novel drug combination with surprising early results.

U.S. Supreme Court Expected to Rule on Former Governor McDonnell’s Appeal This Morning

The United States Supreme Court this morning (6/27) is expected to rule on former Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal of his public corruptions convictions.

McDonnell’s lawyers have argued, among other things, that federal prosecutors’ definition of an “official act,” was too broad and would undermine the political process around the country and it could be close.

On the other hand, if the court rules in McDonnell’s favor, it may or may not have the wide-spread implications some expect.

Virginia’s New Secretary of Trade and Commerce Looks to International Trade For Future Growth

Virginia’s newly-named Secretary of Commerce and Trade is already planning to accompany Governor McAuliffe on three trade missions this summer as the administration works towards a new Virginia economy.

Governor McAuliffe says he is the most travelled-governor in the nation internationally, and his new Secretary of Commerce and Trade apparently will be a key player in future trade missions.

Todd Haymore says the state’s future economic growth is tied to international business.

Federal Judge Orders Gloucester School System to Let Transgender Student Use Boys’ Restroom

A Federal Judge has ordered the Gloucester school system to let a transgender student use the boys’ restroom in a case that could have national implications. U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar yesterday (6/23) ordered the county school system to give Gavin Grimm the use of the boys' restroom, even as his lawsuit against the school board works its way through the court system.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor the University of Richmond, says it could set a national precedent, and is binding in school systems overseen by the Fourth Circuit for the moment.

Boating Safety Top Priority This Weekend

This weekend begins a summer season of boating for thousands of Virginians, and enforcement will be stepped up to promote water safety.

There have already been twelve boating fatalities this early in the season.

Lee Walker at the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says enforcement will be stepped up this weekend. And he says, there are other boating distractions.

Two New Federal Grants Will Aid Children With Disabilities

Governor Terry McAuliffee has announced two federal grants that will improve services and support for early intervention for children with disabilities.

Early childhood disabilities can affect any family. Heidi Lawyer is Executive Director of the Virginia Board for People With Disabilities. She says early intervention and followup is critical.

North Carolina Voting Restrictions Before Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals

The Richmond-based Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday (6/22) questioned whether it has time before the November presidential contest to overhaul North Carolina voting rules that civil rights groups say discriminate against minority voters.

Opponents of the law, including the Obama administration, want the court to reverse a ruling this Spring that upheld the state’s law eliminating same-day voting registration, rolling back of a week of early voting and ending out-of-precinct voting.

Clinton VP Prospects Said To Include Senator Tim Kaine

CNN reports today (6/21) that Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton likely has narrowed her vice presidential choice to a handful of possibilities and once again, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is said to be on the list.

Today, CNN says Clinton is secretive, but has devoted hours studying the records of Tim Kaine, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and HUD Secretary Julian Castro of Texas.

Asked about his prospects again today, Kaine smiled and winked as he stepped into an elevator at the Capitol.

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