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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 Breaks Ground on $95 Million Dollar Research Facility at Langley Research Center

NASA yesterday (4/11) broke ground for a new laboratory at its Langley Research Center in Hampton. The new, 175-thousand-square-footfacility will be the largest at NASA’s research center in Virginia.

Governor Terry McAuliffe says, “It shows another footprint for Virginia that we can now tell the globe that if you are thinking of going into the business of aeronautics or anything to do with measurements, you ought to be doing that in Virginia.”

The new lab will not only advance space exploration, but also make air travel safer and study the earth’s climate.

Quinnipiac: Could Be A Good Year For Democrats In Governor’s Race

Former Congressman Tom Perriello’s upstart campaign has edged ahead of Lt. Governor Ralph Northam about two months ahead of the Democratic primary for Governor, and either tops GOP front-runner Ed Gillespie by double-digits in a new Quinnipiac University Poll released today (4/11).

For the Democrats, it’s Perriello 25% to Northam’s 20%.

For Republicans, it is Gillespie with a comfortable 28% lead over 12% for Corey Stewart and 7% for Frank Wagner.

National Weather Service Warns of Possibly Severe Weather Overnight

Severe Thunderstorms raked through the Southeast yesterday bringing down trees and power lines from Alabama to North Carolina…and forecasters are concerned the same system is coming this way.

Usually, the weather service does not issue advisories this far in advance, but Chief Meteorolgist Jeff Orock says the timing is not good.

“The best time is about three off our in the morning until about ten in the morning…kind of an oddball time for severe weather, but it does happen, especially if you have the right conditions…”

Richmond Federal Reserve Chairman Jeffrey Lacker Resigns Over Leaked Information

Richmond Federal Reserve Chairman Jeffrey Lacker resigned yesterday (4/4), saying he had improperly disclosed sensitive information with a financial analyst regarding the Fed’s plan for economic stimulus.

It happened October 2, 2012, when Lacker said he spoke with an analyst at Medley Global Advisors who had asked him private details about policy options. He said he should have refused to comment, but didn’t.

Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Approves $78 Million Dollar Expansion Plan for Intelligent Infrastructure

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors yesterday (4/3) approved a $78 million dollar expansion plan to put them in the forefront of designing, testing, and teaching intelligent infrastructure.

Intelligent infrastructure is about drones and autonomous cars, smart construction and energy systems. “All sorts of areas related to energy systems for the cities of the future and the way that people move in and around those cities,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands.

Sen. Mark Warner Says He Will Oppose Gorsuch; Democrats Now Have Votes To Sustain Filibuster

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner today (4/3) announced he is joining fellow Democrats in opposing the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the United States Supreme Court.

Senator Warner joined three other Democrats who announced today they will oppose Gorsuch, and that brings the Democratic caucus to the 41 votes needed to sustain a filibuster. “I reluctantly came to the conclusion because of Judge Gorsuch’s answers, refusing to answer any questions and evasiveness on even saying settled law like a woman’s right to choose,” said Warner.

University of Virginia Researchers Develop Internet “Crystal Ball” To Help Predict Heart Disease, Diabetes.

University of Virginia researchers have developed what they call an “Internet Crystal Ball” that they say can help predict the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Doctors traditionally predict those risks by looking for five factors; central obesity, hypertension, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and high fasting glucose.

Abnormalities in three of five could indicate Metabolic Syndrome and higher risks, but UVA’S Doctor Mark DeBoer says it’s not that black or white. “Metabolic syndrome isn’t something you either have or you don’t. It exists on a spectrum.”

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner Calls Russian Election Interference “Propaganda on Steroids”

The Senate Intelligence Committee began hearings today (3/30) on Russian interference in American elections, with Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner taking the spotlight. In the committee’s opening remarks, ranking Democrat Mark Warner said, “Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered a deliberate campaign, carefully constructed, to undermine our election.”