In a voluntary agreement announced yesterday (11/4), the two hospitals signed on to a plan to treat any Ebola case that occurs in Virginia and cannot be transferred to a national biocontainment facility like Emory University Hospital or the National Institutes of Health. Both VCU and UVA are teaching hospitals with experts in infectious disease control and epidemiology.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
As voters go to the polls today, a Virginia Tech professor says we are hard-wired to be either liberal or conservatives in our genes, and he has a test to show which one. He does it by showing people graphic pictures of dead things and dirty kitchen sinks, and scanning their brains with an MRI in the process.
The National Weather Service issued an overnight freeze warning for most of the Richmond area until eight this morning (11/3).
Triple A Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $2.77 on Sunday (11/2). That's 6¢ less per gallon compared to the previous week and 34¢ less compared with the same week a year ago.
Average prices range from $2.66 per gallon in Richmond to $2.84 in Charlottesville. Motorists in the Norfolk area are paying on average $2.80 per gallon. Nationally, gas prices average $2.99 this week, first time that has been below three dollars since 2010.
Republican Ed Gillespie continues to close the gap in his race against Democratic Senator Mark Warner but the final Wason poll released this morning (10/31) indicates it won’t be enough. Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Poll says the negative ads, from both sides, have not changed anybody’s mind, but might suppress voter turnout, and that could be a factor.
The final Wason poll was conducted October 23-29th among 819 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9%.
This year, the American Cancer Society says 1,665,540 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, and will have that first meeting with an oncologist to talk about treatment. Fransica Alvarado is on oncology nurse information specialist with the American Cancer Society, who has just written an article about that first meeting. In Richmond, a VCU Professor has developed a tool, to help doctors communicate with their patients especially during that first visit.
Crews searched for wreckage along the Virginia coast yesterday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded shortly after launch. Tuesday nights’s explosion destroyed the rocket, damaged the pad, incinerated the cargo, frightened area residents and raised questions about the future of commercial space ventures. Helicopters took to the air at first light yesterday (10/29) to track down remnants.
All the lost materials will be replaced and the Space station crew has enough supplies to last them until Spring.
The Unemployment rate dropped last month as students returned to school and the labor force contracted. Statewide unemployment for September was 5.2%, the Richmond Region was 5.5 down from 5.9 in August and 5.7 a year ago.
Highest unemployment in the state was the City of Martinsville, once again, seasonally adjusted to 11.1%. Martinsville is the former home of furniture, textiles and a Dupont nylon plant, and once called itself the T shirt capital of the world. All of that has gone.
“Draw Back The Curtain,” a documentary about the last major Jewish Migration from the former Soviet Union, is set to premier in Richmond November 10th. The project and the film are a Jewish Family Services and University of Richmond Hillel collaboration.
At the end of the Cold War, the Former Soviet Union allowed more than one million jews to emigrate to America and Israel, but there was a catch.
An unmanned Antares rocket exploded at Virginia’s Wallops Island Flight Facility last night (10/27) marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. It happened at 6:22 p.m. when the 14-story rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo ship burst into flames and plunged to the ground. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Wallops Flight Director Bill Robel and Orbital’s Frank Culbertson warned people about picking up pieces on the beach. Instead, they ask you call the response team at (757) 824.1295.