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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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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.”

Virginia Honey Production Dropped In 2016 As Honey Bee Colonies Continued To Diminish

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports Virginia honey production dropped significantly last year, as honey bees continue to diminish. “Honey Bees continue to disappear in Virginia and across the nation, and we saw a winter loss in Virginia of about 32% of our colonies,” said Keith Tignor, State Apiarist.

Tignor said, “Bees were hit with a big freeze during the major nectar flow.”

Wason Poll: Gillispie Leads GOP Gubernatorial Candidates, Democrats Split

A Wason Poll released this morning (3/28) shows one candidate dominates the Republican race for Governor, while the Democrats are widely split.

With just more than two months before Virginia’s go to the polls to select their party’s nominees for statewide office, Republican Ed Gillespie has a commanding lead among his party’s candidates for Governor. “We found that he has 38% of Virginia Republican primary voters already,” said the Wason Poll’s Dr. Rachel Bitecofer. “His closest competitor is coming in at only 11%.”

Earthquakes In Virginia Not Uncommon, Expert Urges Preparedness

A Virginia Tech Geophysicist says yesterday’s (3/22) earth quake in central Virginia was not uncommon, but a reminder to be prepared.

The 2.4 quake was a small one and typical of tremors that have been tracked back to the 1700’s. “This earthquake was just are reminder that we have had damaging earthquakes in the past and we’re going to have damaging earthquakes in the future,” said Dr. Martin Chapman, a Geophysicist at Virginia Tech and a world-renown authority on earthquakes.

Virginia Tech Brain Scan Shows Criminal or Reckless Intent

A Virginia Tech researcher says brain imagery shows a difference between knowing or reckless behavior in criminal acts, a distinction that can affect judges and juries in sentencing.

Computational Neuroscientist Read Montague, along with researchers at Yale, did a brain scan on 40 subjects to determine if criminal intent might register. It did. “What we did was look at the boundary between knowing you were doing something and simply being reckless,” said Montague.