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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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Governor Announces $14.7 Million Dollar Grant To Combat Homelessness

Governor McAuliffe has announced $14.7 million dollars in a coordinated effort to end homelessness in Virginia, and there is progress.

The holistic approach, involving state and local agencies and groups that care, is apparently paying off. Homeless among veterans was even better, down 41% in the same period.

The $14.7 million is available on a competitive basis.

The Governor says homelessness declined 10.5% last year alone.

New Labeling For GMO Foods

Consumers will soon be able to see if food they buy has genetically-modified ingredients in it, as the President is prepared to sign into law legislation requiring it on the labels.

A Virginia Tech researcher says the new law is what people want, but could escalate the controversy over whether GMO foods are safe.

Virginia’s Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport Prepares for Antares Launch to International Space Station

Virginia’s Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport is preparing for its “Return to Flight” Antares mission to the International Space Station next month, but officials are cautious about announcing a launch date.

Wallops Island is waiting for the first launch of an Antares Rocket after an explosion shortly after launch in October of 2014 destroyed a rocket, the Cygnus spacecraft and cargo, and seriously damaged Pad 0A. Nobody is talking about the launch date, except a machine at the visitors center.

WHO Says Too Hot Beverages Increase Risk of Esophageal Cancer

The World Health Organization says too hot beverages are resulting in esophageal cancer in cultures where people gulp it, and recommends temps of 149 degrees.

We visited some local coffee sellers to see just exactly what we are drinking. It wasn’t scientific, but we took a meat thermometer to this local McDonald’s during breakfast rush and measured just how hot it was. It was 172 degrees. The Burger King Across the Street was 173, Starbucks was 170, 7-11 was 175. Even a hospital cafeteria we visited served coffee at 173 degrees.

Second Case of Equine Encephalitis Reported in Virginia This Year

The second case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Virginia horse has been reported in Suffolk. Mosquitoes carry the virus, and it can be fatal.

Dr. Charlie Broaddus, State Veterinarian says this horse is recovering and that vaccination may have saved his life.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is rare in humans.

Dr. Broaddus advises horse owners to follow a six month vaccination scheduled, particularly where mosquitoes are present, and take the usual precautions to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

FDA Approves Focused Ultra-Sound To Treat Essential Tremor, Following UVA Clinical Trials

The Food and Drug Administration has just approved the first focused ultra-sound device to treat essential tremor, with a potential future of many more non-invasive, critical surgical procedures.

The University of Virginia has been conducting clinical trials with focused ultrasound, to treat lesions deep inside the brain without using a scalpel. Dr. Jeff Elias led the international clinical trial to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness.

With FDA approval UVA can now move from clinical trials to make the procedure available to eligible patients.

Ocean Draft Plan Presentation Tomorrow Night at Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

A draft of the first-ever plan to manage the oceans and all they contain will be presented at an Open House tomorrow night (7/12) in Virginia Beach, with an invitation for public comment.

Oceans cover most of the world’s surface and from the beginning, we have used and abused them.

Laura McKay is Program Manager for the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program. She is also a pioneer in the first plan ever to protect and preserve the ocean and the people who depend upon it.

Judge Robert L.Gregory To Become Chief Judge of Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

A former graduate of Petersburg High School and Virginia State University will make history tomorrow (7/9) as he becomes the Chief Judge of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Roger L. Gregory went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School and was a law partner with L. Douglas Wilder. He was originally appointed to the court by two presidents of different parties.

His selection comes because of his seniority on the court. It becomes effective tomorrow.

Federal Judge Denies Gloucester School Board Again

A federal judge has denied the Gloucester County School Board’s request to hold off a preliminary injunction allowing a transgender student to use the boys restroom.

The roller coaster case for Gavin Grimm took another twist as U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar ruled the injunction will stay in place.

Carl Tobias, law professor at the University of Richmond, says even though the court is not in session, the justices are in touch, and likely to act on this issue.