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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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Science Matters: University of Virginia Researcher Finds New Pathway To Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes

A University of Virginia researcher has discovered a gene called Oct4. Thought to be dormant in adults, it is actually a key element in preventing heart attacks and strokes and activating the gene could have a “fountain of youth” effect.

Justice Center Says Virginia Schools Overuse Suspensions and Expulsions

A legal aid group says Virginia schools are guilty of “widespread, discriminatory overuse” of suspension and expulsion of students.

The Charlottesville-based Virginia Legal Aid Justice Center evaluated data collected by the Virginia Department of Education for the 2014-2015 school year and said one-fifth of all suspensions went to students in pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade, mostly for non-violent offenses like disruption, defiance and disrespect.

UVA Researcher Says Smartphones Cause ADHD-Like Symptoms

A University of Virginia research psychologist says overuse of smartphones can induce symptoms similar to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder.

Kosta Kushlev a psychology research scientist at UVA says 10 years ago Steve Jobs promised smartphones will change everything. And, he was right.

He says a recent poll shows 95% of smartphone users use their phones during almost everything.

His researchers designed a two week experiment aimed at college students who spent a week with their phones close by with notifications on, then another without.

FEMA Denies Second Request For Relief From February Tornado Damage

The State’s final appeal for federal assistance for recovery from February’s killer tornadoes in Virginia has been denied.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed yesterday that FEMA won’t help with an estimated 35 million dollars in tornado-related damages that killed four people and destroyed 64 homes and damaged 251 others.

FEMA denied the first application for aid, saying the damage wasn’t bad enough.

The Science Museum of Virginia Opens Its New Speed Exhibition This Weekend

The Science Museum of Virginia is preparing for the grand opening of Speed, its most ambitious gallery in history.

Chief Wonder Officer Rich Conti especially likes the wind tunnel, where visitors can experience winds up to 80 miles an hour. Decked out in his immaculate suit and tie, he stood under it to show how it works.

New Evidence Submitted in UVA Defamation Suit Over Alleged Gang Rape at UVA

There is new evidence that a University of Virginia Student who alleged a gang rape at a campus fraternity, made up the ringleader of the purported attack.

The Washington Post reports this morning that the legal team representing UVA assistant dean Nicole Eramo, filed new evidence in the federal court case involving Rolling Stone’s retracted portrayal of the evidence in her eight million dollar defamation suit.

Newport News Shipbuilding Announces Plans To Build 12 New Nuclear Submarines, Hire 1,000

Newport News Shipbuilding is planning to eventually add more than 1,000 jobs to help build a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines for the Navy.

Defense spending has been a key to Virginia’s economy, and it has been a rollercoaster ride in recent years.

The shipyard, which is the state’s largest industrial employer, has layed off 1200 workers since last year, and could cut 300 more.

Sweet Frog Founder Plans Water Park in Chesterfield

A proposal by the founder of the Sweet Frog frozen yogurt chain plans to build a water park in Chesterfield County near State Route 288.

Derek Cha, a native of Korea, came to the United States as a child and has founded several successful business ventures, include Sweet Frog which opened with one store in Short Pump and grew to 300 before he sold controlling interest to Boxwood Capital Partners.