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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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High-Speed Rail Plan Just Released, Recommends More Study In Ashland

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has just released its draft recommendation on how to bring high speed rail to the Commonwealth and beyond.

The comprehensive plans show four tracks in Northern Virginia, then three through Fredericksburg, Central Virginia and Richmond, with two full service stations at Staples Mill and Main Street.

Richmond SPCA and Richmond Animal League Offer Freeand Reduced Fee Adoptions at Christmas

Christmas comes early for families wanting to adopt a pet. Both the Richmond SPCA and the Richmond Animal League are offering free, and reduced adoption fees this month.

At the SPCA, all adoption fees will be waived from now until December 13th. Adoptions typically cost $100 to $150 dollars, but Priority Automotive is covering the costs this holiday as they have for the past five years.

Meanwhile, adoption fees have been reduced to $10 at the Richmond Animal League in Chesterfield, thanks to a Petco Foundation grant. Their campaign runs from December 9th through the 23rd.

Supreme Court Review of Virginia Redistricting Won't Affect 2017 General Assembly

The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday (12/5) on whether race may have played too large a role in drawing a dozen electoral districts in Virginia, to the detriment of black voters.

Of the dozen state Legislative Districts that are part of the suit, four are in the Richmond area.

Gasoline Prices Spike As OPEC Cuts Production

Gasoline prices in Virginia have increased for seven consecutive days, as the result of OPEC’s decision to cut production last week.

OPEC’s decision to re-balance global oil supply to raise prices had an immediate effect in Virginia. Tammy Arnett at Triple A Mid-Atlantic says prices this time of year tend to drop, because of a cheaper winter blend and less driving.

Prices in Richmond yesterday (12/5) averaged $2.04, up from $1.95 a week ago.

US Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments Today in Virginia Legislative Redistricting

The United States Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on whether race may have played too large a role in drawing of electoral districts in Virginia, to the detriment of black voters.

The claim made by black voters is that a Republican-controlled Virginia legislature created districts with more black voters than necessary in twelve state legislative districts.

“It’s twelve districts in total, and there are four in the Richmond area, the 69, 70, 71 and 74”

Virginia Tech Professor Who Uncovered Flint, Michigan Lead Poisoning Says Problem is Pervasive

The Virginia Tech Professor who blew the whistle on lead poisoning in the Flint, Michigan Water Supply says water there is cleaner and safer, but his team is also concerned about dangers facing many public water supplies across the country.

To save money, Flint switched supplies and was importing lead-laced water from the Flint River. Officials denied it, but the Tech team confirmed it and the uproar that followed resulted in resignations, investigations and federal money to fix it. But the team learned something else.

NASA Honors African American Women Who Contributed to Early Moon Exploration

NASA Langley kicked off a yearlong centennial celebration for its Hampton facility yesterday (12/1), with a film called “Hidden Figures...” highlighting the work done by African-American women in the early days of space travel and the early days of computers.

Three women are featured, that NASA says were instrumental in getting men to the moon. Katherine Johnson says, back in the day, they asked her to tell them if the computer was right.

Unemployment Rate Ticks Up As Labor Market Surges

Richmond’s unemployment rate ticked up in October, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

First, the increase was small.

The unemployment rate was up one tenth of a percent, just a bit.

September was 4.1 percent and October was 4.2

Those percentages are not seasonally adjusted, and Ann Lang, Senior Economist at the Virginia Employment Commission, says it was caused in part by the region’s labor force growing larger and more people looking for work.

Virginia Rail Policy Institute Assesses 2016 Elections and Future of Rail

Rail Experts, lobbyists and advocates are meeting today to talk about the future of rail in view of the 2016 elections.

Futuristic trains are whizzing past platforms in Japan, China, France and Spain, while America lags far behind.

Rail Transportation in general, both freight and passenger, have flat-lined in terms of capturing market share

Michael Testerman is Executive Director of the Virginia Rail Policy Institute.