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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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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.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on CBS 60 Minutes

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes last night (4/30) to talk about his conviction for corruption, which was eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The CBS report was entitled “Tawdry Tales,” and Correspondent Bill Whitaker asked the former Governor why he and his wife took $177,000 in gifts and loans. McDonnell said, “If I had to do it over again, I was Governor, I wouldn’t take any gifts. I didn’t need them.”

Environmentalists Say Proposed Pipeline Will Remove Entire Mountaintops

Environmentalist say the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will “scalp” entire mountaintops along 38 miles of Appalachian Ridgelines. Opponents say Dominion has no adequate plan to deal with the damage.

Friends of Nelson County’s Joyce Burden said, “That’s not going to happen until after the project is approved, what? Until after they are actually up on those slopes. It’s crazy.”

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Approves Budget, Changes Retirement Plan for Schools

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has adopted its $742 million dollar general fund budget, holding the line on real estate taxes, after a tense meeting last night (4/26), fueled by proposed changes to the school’sretirement program.

County Administrator Joe Casey said the schools Supplemental Retirement Program was unsustainable aand threatened the county’s Triple Tripe Abond rating and had to be changed. “My simple goal for Chesterfield County is to mitigate risks and not get burned.” said Casey.