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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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Henrico Board Approves Preliminary Contract Work For Artificial Turf At All Nine County High Schools

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors has approved a contract for preliminary work to replace the grass fields at all nine county high schools, with high grade synthetic turf.

Neil Luther, Director of Recreation and Parks, says the grass fields are wearing out. “That translates into player safety if you’ve got wear spots that are soft,” said Luther.

Voters approved a $12 million dollar bond issue last year to fix it.

“Basically the synthetic product weatherproofs fields. It allows you to play of fields year-round,” Luther added.

Another Rowdy Town Hall Meeting For Seventh District Congressman Dave Bratt

Seventh District Republican Congressman Dave Brat held another town hall meeting in Chesterfield last night (5/9), talking about Trump, health care and the budget.

It began outside, with a largely Democratic crowd that brought the clatter inside for a 90 minute session of questions and answers, punctuated by boos.

Brat said, “Everyone says have more town halls, but then you come to the town hall and can’t have a rational dialogue.”

Senators Kaine and Warner Back Save Women’s Preventive Care Act

Virginia’s Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have joined 46 other Senate Democrats in introducing the Save Women’s Preventive Care Act.

Senator Tim Kaine says the new legislation would protect coverage for basic health care services for millions of women. “Trumpcare would eliminate essential protections for women created under the affordable care act, and force women to pay more for insurance because of their gender, all to deliver a massive tax cut to the wealthy,” said Kaine.

Chesterfield Planners See New Downtown, New Gateway Along Jefferson Davis Corridor

One of Chesterfield county’s oldest and most troubled areas may have a brighter future in the works, and residents are invited to come this afternoon (5/9) and hear the plan for the Jefferson Davis Corridor.

County Planner Jim Bowling sees the problems. “When you drive down the corridor, your first impression is its pretty run-down,” said Bowling.

VDOT Moving Major Mechanicsville Intersection

The Virginia Department of Highways is moving a major intersection in Mechanicsville today after two years and $8 million.

Traffic was backing up onto 295 at rush hour and Hanover Traffic Engineer Joe Vidunas says the intersection at Bell Creek and 360 was bad enough already, “It is consistently in our top ten in terms of traffic accidents," said Vidunas.

Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal To Hear Arguments Over Revised Trump Travel Ban

The full Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today hears arguments over Trumps revised travel ban, in a case being watched around the world.

The government is challenging a preliminary injunction that blocks the President’s revised executive order suspending entry into the United States for the citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries. This one removed religious references. But Carl Tobias, law professor at the University of Richmond, says that may not be enough.

Richmond Completes $120 Million Waste Water Treatment Upgrade

The Senate today is expected to pass an appropriations bill, already approved by the House, that restores all the money the Trump administration planned to eliminate from Chesapeake Bay Cleanup.

Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner will vote for the measure that provides $73 million in Bay funding for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30th. Peggy Sanner of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said, “in a resounding and bi-partisan vote of support for the goal of a fully-restored Bay, Congress appropriated full funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay program."

Science Matters: Tech Students Build A Project To Turn Food Waste Into Energy

A team at Virginia Tech has just completed a project to turn food waste in electricity, in an example of how to meet one of America’s biggest challenges.

Food waste is the single largest source of waste in municipal landfills. According to the EPA, about 133 billion pounds are thrown away every year, but a design team at Virginia Tech has a better idea.

“The biogas generator takes food wastes from one of our dining halls,” said Steven Cox, an advisor to the team.

Mosquito Season Arrives, Virginia Department of Health Says Take Precautions

Yesterday (5/1) was the official beginning of mosquito season in Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Health does not want us to forget about Zika.

There are 56 species of mosquitoes in Virginia, two carry the virus, and David Gaines at the Virginia Department of Health says, one of those is likely to be in your back yard. “They don’t come from swamps or ditches or puddles or ponds or anything like that, they are strictly a containing breeder and containers occur in people’s back yards,” said Gaines. He says get rid of them, or use a larvicide, that won’t harm birds or pets.