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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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Second Case of Equine Encephalitis Reported in Virginia This Year

The second case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Virginia horse has been reported in Suffolk. Mosquitoes carry the virus, and it can be fatal.

Dr. Charlie Broaddus, State Veterinarian says this horse is recovering and that vaccination may have saved his life.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is rare in humans.

Dr. Broaddus advises horse owners to follow a six month vaccination scheduled, particularly where mosquitoes are present, and take the usual precautions to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

FDA Approves Focused Ultra-Sound To Treat Essential Tremor, Following UVA Clinical Trials

The Food and Drug Administration has just approved the first focused ultra-sound device to treat essential tremor, with a potential future of many more non-invasive, critical surgical procedures.

The University of Virginia has been conducting clinical trials with focused ultrasound, to treat lesions deep inside the brain without using a scalpel. Dr. Jeff Elias led the international clinical trial to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness.

With FDA approval UVA can now move from clinical trials to make the procedure available to eligible patients.

Ocean Draft Plan Presentation Tomorrow Night at Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

A draft of the first-ever plan to manage the oceans and all they contain will be presented at an Open House tomorrow night (7/12) in Virginia Beach, with an invitation for public comment.

Oceans cover most of the world’s surface and from the beginning, we have used and abused them.

Laura McKay is Program Manager for the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program. She is also a pioneer in the first plan ever to protect and preserve the ocean and the people who depend upon it.

Judge Robert L.Gregory To Become Chief Judge of Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

A former graduate of Petersburg High School and Virginia State University will make history tomorrow (7/9) as he becomes the Chief Judge of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Roger L. Gregory went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School and was a law partner with L. Douglas Wilder. He was originally appointed to the court by two presidents of different parties.

His selection comes because of his seniority on the court. It becomes effective tomorrow.

Federal Judge Denies Gloucester School Board Again

A federal judge has denied the Gloucester County School Board’s request to hold off a preliminary injunction allowing a transgender student to use the boys restroom.

The roller coaster case for Gavin Grimm took another twist as U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar ruled the injunction will stay in place.

Carl Tobias, law professor at the University of Richmond, says even though the court is not in session, the justices are in touch, and likely to act on this issue.

Hanover Tomatoes Ripe and Ready for Market; Hanover Tomato Festival This Weekend

The tomato that made Hanover famous is ripe and on its way to market. It is a true July favorite.

At Dodds Acres Farm yesterday (7/5), the packing shed was busy as 46 workers brought in this year’s crop, while 85-year old Robert Dodd, Jr. worked right with them on the pride of Hanover County.

This year, he has a quarter of a million tomato plants in the ground.

Two hundred bushels are headed to the annual Hanover Tomato Festival this weekend, the rest to regional stores, including Martin’s and Wegmans.

Republican Party of Virginia Reacts to FBI Clinton Decision

The Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia says FBI Director Jim Comey’s comments on Hillary Clinton’s email portray a person not to be trusted to be president.

Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck says even though the FBI did not recommend prosecution, their findings were damaging. Whitbeck said FBI Director Jim Comey’s comments that Clinton and her team were careless with very classified information was proof she couldn’t be trusted.

But other party leaders were disappointed.

Richmond’s Bosnia Community Plans Peace March To Commemorate Srebrenica Genocide

Twenty-one years ago this July, the worst genocide in Europe since World War II took place as Muslims fled the besieged city of Srebrenica in the midst of the Bosnian civil war.

Ahmed Dudic was 21 years old, and one of the leaders of a column of refugees who tried to flee the city, but were attacked by Serbian forces. Adisada Dudic is Ahmed’s niece and sat down with him last week as he remembered the massacre.