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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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Registration Deadline Today for March 1st Primary

Virginians who are not registered to vote, but want to cast ballots in the March 1st primary, need to get it done today (2/8). Today is the deadline to register.

Virginia voters do not register by party and any registered voter may choose to cast a ballot in either the Democratic or Republican primary, and voters in the Republican primary won’t have to sign a statement affirming they are Republicans. The State Board of Elections has rescinded that requirement requested by the GOP.

Richmond City Council Scheduled to Vote on GRTC Rapid Transit Plan

Richmond City Council is set to vote today (2/8) on a proposed rapid-transit bus route. The project is called Pulse and it would travel Broad Street from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn in half the time.

It has taken seven years to develop, will cost $49 million dollars, mostly federal and state money, and has already been approved by the city’s Planning Commission and Urban Design Committee.

It does have organized opposition, and possibly a deadline.

The Governor recently warned the city to move on it, or lose the money.

Proponents believe it will pass.

Congressman Randy Forbes Ready To Jump To 2nd Congressional District

Fourth District Republican Congressman Randy Forbes appears set to “jump” districts today (2/8). Forbes is apparently ready to move to the 2nd, safer now for Republicans, since Richmond and Petersburg have been moved to the 4th, where black voting strength has been increased.

Republican Scott Rigell is retiring from the 2nd, has been urging Forbes to make the move and will join him today on a Facebook announcement at 1:30 p.m. that he says will be “big news.”

City Police Officer Charged With Second-Degree Murder in Carwash Shooting

A Richmond city police officer has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man during a confrontation at a car wash.

It happened October 2015, when police say 47-year-old David Cobb, an off-duty Richmond police officer, shot 18-year old Patterson Brown, Jr., who got in Cobb’s car as it emerged from a carwash in Chesterfield County and started to drive off.

Funeral For Nicole Lovell, Bond Denied For Natalie Keepers

Several hundred people have paid their final respects to 13-year old Nicole Lovell.

Mourners in Blacksburg filled the funeral home’s parking lot and spilled over to an office building next door.

Meanwhile, there was a bond hearing for 19-year old Natalie Keepers yesterday, whose lawyers argued she, too had been bullied, just like the 13-year old girl she’s accused of plotting to kill. Bond was denied.

Foreign Affairs Security Center Coming To Ft. Pickett

Fort Pickett has apparently won its bid for a major security training center for US embassy personnel. The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the Southside Virginia base has been chosen for a $416 million dollar Foreign Affairs Security Center, over competing sites in Geogia and West Virginia.

When completed in 2019, the facility will train between 8,000 and 10,000 people a year, including members of the State Department diplomatic corps and military personnel assigned to protect US embassies, missions and consulates around the world.

Social Media App Under Fire Following Death of Blacksburg Teenager

A popular social media platform is under fire following the abduction and murder of a Blacksburg teenager. Kik Messenger, a smartphone app, has been linked to the investigation of Nicole Lovell’s death, after reports surfaced that she told friends she was using it to connect with an 18-year old man.

State Police First Sergeant Robbie Holland told us a year ago that kids are migrating to apps that can conceal their identity from parents.

Publix Supermarket Coming To Richmond Area

The Richmond area is about to get another high-end grocery retailer in what is becoming a highly-competitive market. The Florida-based, high end supermarket chain Publix plans to build its first store at Nuckols Place shopping center between Wyndham Forest Drive and Twin Hickory Road just across the street from a Food Lion. It is the same property where Ukrops planned a store, just before the chain was sold to Martin’s.

Typically, Publix enters a market with one store, then expands. It is known for its sub sandwiches, its birthday cakes, and its customer service.