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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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UVA Researchers Begin Human Testing of Drug to Improve Lung Transplant Patient Survival

The University of Virginia Health System began human testing of a drug they hope will one day save the lives of many lung transplant recipients, whose current five-year survival rate is just 50%. Donor lungs are often transported packed in ice. When they are transplanted, doctors have to re-establish blood flow. “And that causes an intense inflammatory response from the recipient.” Principal Investigator Dr. Christine Lau says it can cause chronic rejection. However, she says they have found a drug, regadenoson, already in use used for cardiac imaging, that may help.

Temperatures Above Freezing: Black Ice Not a Problem, So Far

It was 35 at four am at RIC and across the region, with cloud cover, but if it clears before sunrise, it could drop, and VDOT’s Jessica Cowardin says, “Temperatures are expected to drop right around rush hour, so drivers should use extra caution if they expect to head out this morning.”

Highs today and tomorrow around 50. But wait.

Chesterfield Opioid Steering Committee Supports Increased Expenditures to Combat Epidemic

While Chesterfield County is contemplating its FY 2019 Budget, a newly-created steering committee is supporting new people and new initiatives, to combat opioid overdoses that have risen almost 400% in the past five years in the county.

“My boyfriend I think he may have overdosed.”

This is part of a public service announcement and part of the effort in Chesterfield to stop it.

“We do not have a handle on this epidemic yet.”

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of the Richmond area, with 1-3 inches of slushy snow predicted, with a warning in Louisa and Caroline County, for up to five inches.

It is coming mixed, and in waves across the area. “Had some accumulating snow, mostly western side of Richmond,” said Larry Brown at the National Weather service. “Another batch of stuff coming from the Southwest, will be mostly snow across the Richmond metro.”

One to three inches, Brown says. “At this point most interstate, primary and secondary routes are in minor condition.”