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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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Chesterfield Officials Plan to Purchase River City Sportsplex for $5.5 Million Dollars

Chesterfield County plans to purchase the River City Sportsplex for $5.5 million dollars, to expand its operation and promote sports tourism.

The county currently leases 8 of the 12 fields, now it plans to purchase the entire 115 acre complex.

The county plans to provide seven-day a week access if the deal goes through. The county board of supervisors has final approval.

Lead Poisoning Still Number One Environmental Hazard For Children

Lead poisoning continues to be the number one environmental hazard for children and this week the Virginia Department of Health is encouraging everyone to learn about it and how to prevent it.

In children, too much lead in the body can cause lasting problems with brain development affecting behavior, hearing, learning and speech. Here is the problem. Nancy Van Voorhis is Director of The Virginia Department of Health’s Lead-Safe Program says the effects are irreversible.

Dominion Set To Bring Major Solar Panel Arrays Online

Dominion Virginia Power is poised to bring three major solar panel installations online by the end of the year. Construction is underway on solar facilities in Isle of Wight, Louisa and Powhatan Counties.

Dominion says it is part of its commitment to produce 400 megawatts of solar power by 2020, and in the process, it will create about 800 construction jobs and have a cumulative economic impact of $74 million dollars to the state.

Public Hearings Begin on Proposals For Later Start Times for Chesterfield County Schools

Public meetings are underway in Chesterfield on proposals to start the school day later. It’s an increasingly popular idea.

School Spokesman Tim Bullis says Chesterfield is one of only three counties in the state that has not adopted later times, but it is a challenge.

It could cost 19 million dollars to buy up to 140 new buses, and an annual cost of another five million to seven million to tighten pickup times, and it could dramatically affect many families.

Public hearings are now underway. The first was last night. Check the school website for more.

UVA Researchers Say Appalachia Has Gone From Lowest to Highest Cancer Death Rate in U.S.

Rural Appalachia has gone from having the lowest cancer death rate in the country to the highest, according to new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In a paper outlining their findings, the researchers label the disparities “pervasive.”

Aaron Yao is assistant professor of public health sciences at the school of medicine. He says technology, medical care and prosperity have advanced in other parts of the country and left Appalachia behind. Telehealthcare is a start, and UVA has already established a program.

Clinton Leads Trump in Poll in Washington Post Poll of 15 Battleground States

Clinton holds a clear advantage over Trump in a poll of 15 battleground states released this morning in the Washington Post.

The new Survey Monkey poll, conducted online with the Washington Post, shows Hillary Clinton with a decisive advantage over Donald Trump, leading in enough states to put her comfortably over the 270 majority to win the presidential election in November.

Successful Launch of Antares Rocket and Cygnus Spacecraft at Wallops Island

Virginia returned to space last night (10/18) with the successful launch of an Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus spacecraft en route to the International Space Station.

The go-ahead came minutes before launch as the rocket stood poised on pad 0A, destroyed by an explosion shortly after liftoff two years ago, and rebuilt at a cost of $15 million dollars, shared by the state, NASA, and Orbital ATK, a Northern Virginia company that has a multi-billiondollar contract for six more missions to the International Space Station from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

VCU School of Business To Unveil 30-Foot Pop-up Portrait of Maggie Walker

VCU’s School of Business today unveils a 30-foot “pop up portrait” of legendary Richmond banking legend Maggie Walker. It is both art, and commentary on how our minds work.

Noah Scalin’s 30-foot pop up portrait of Maggie Walker will be unveiled in the atrium at VCU’s School of Business Snead Hall today at 1pm. It will be on display through Wednesday.