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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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Chesterfield County School Board Approves Prototype Design for Manchester Middle School

The Chesterfield County School Board has adopted a prototype design to replace Manchester Middle School, and be a model for any subsequent middle schools to be built in the future.

School Spokesman Sean Smith says the new school will replace a facility built in 1964 and provide a 21st century learning environment for the students. “This two-story design is almost 134,000 square feet and will accommodate 1100 Middle School students.”

The school will be built on the existing school property, without disrupting the current facilities.

Lidl Enters Competitive Richmond Grocery Store Market With Four New Stores

German grocery giant Lidl opened its first four Richmond area stores today. (7/27/17)

At one o’clock, the parking lot was almost full and the aisles were buzzing with curious shoppers.

“There’s a lot of light, fresh air…”

“Oh yeah, we shop at Aldi’s and this is supposed to be bigger.”

“I’m cheating on Kroger today. I’m a Kroger girl, but these prices are good.”

Chesterfield Launches Nationwide Search for New Police Chief, Asks for Public Input

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has just launched a nationwide search for a new police chief, and last night (7/26) announced meetings for public input, and an on-line survey to help guide their choice.

Chesterfield County Board Chair Dorothy Jaeckle is on the search committee for a new chief, and says the door is wide open. “Executive search firm Springsted-Waters will hold four public meetings, an online survey has been launched and nothing has been decided.”

Commonwealth Transportation Board Approves Major Widening Project For I-64 East of Richmond

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has just approved a $43 million dollar contract to alleviate the I-64 bottleneck between here and the beach.

It is always busy, worse on beach weekends, but relief is coming to I-64 East of Richmond, with another lane both directions, a ten-foot shoulder, and wider bridges over the Chicahominy.

Lindsay LeGrande at VDOT said, “This will be in Henrico and New Kent County, stretching from the I-295 Interchange at exit 200 Eastward, to Bottoms Bridge in New Kent County, which is exit 205.”

Work should begin this Fall.

Kroger Takes Lidl To Court Over Brand Logo

Grocery giant Kroger is fighting newcomer Lidl, not only in the aisles, but also in court at 9:00 a.m. this morning (7/25), in U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia.

At issue is a brand logo. Lidl calls theirs “Preferred Selection.” Kroger says it is similar to their “Private Selection” brand logo they have used for 20 years.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, “Kroger is claiming that the defendant infringed their patent.” And he says, “They want a preliminary injunction and monetary relief and standards are usually pretty high for that.”

US Supreme Court Says Trump Administration Can Enforce Travel Ban For Most Refugees

The United States Supreme Court says the Trump administration can strictly enforce its ban on refugees, but is leaving in place a weakened travel ban that expands the list of relatives, including grandparents, who can can visit.

The high court blocked District Judge Derrick Watson’s order as it applies to refugees and Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says could be critical for some 24 thousand people.

CT: “Exactly… an example would be the Syrian refugees who are fleeing all the horrible things that are happening in Syria…”

National Weather Service Issues Dangerous Heat Briefing, Predicts Heat Indices Above 105 Through Weekend

The National Weather service has issued a ‘dangerous heat briefing,' predicting heat indices over 105 degrees through the weekend.

It may seem hot enough, already, but Matt Scalorn, Meteorologist, National Weather Service says it will get worse.

“The dangerous heat is expected all the way from Thursday through Sunday, with the worst days being Friday and Saturday.”

He says daytime highs will range from the mid to upper 90’s to around 100, with heat indices between 105 and 110, and that is dangerous.

U.K. Company To Expand Its Footprint In Richmond Region

Another British firm has announced plans to expand its operation in the Richmond region, supplying parts for a division of Rolls Royce.

Erodex is expanding its footprint at an office and manufacturing center in Henrico, to supply the Rolls Royce factory in Prince George County with graphite electrodes, used in producing parts for aerospace components. Barry Matherly of the Greater Richmond Partnership said, “We are very happy to welcome Erodex to the region they also join Pryor marketing, which is another Rolls Royce Supplier that GRP helped earlier.”

Senator Mark Warner Says He Finds It “Unbelievable” The President Was Not Aware of Russian Meeting

CNN reported over the weekend that Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence committee, said he did not believe “no one” told President Trump about a meeting last year between his top campaign officials and a Russian lawyer.