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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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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.

The National Park Conservation Association Seeks To Block Dominion’s James River Crossing

The National Park Conservation Association has filed a lawsuit to block Dominion Energy from building a 500-kilovolt transmission line over the James River near Historic Jamestown.

The group is asking the federal court to vacate the permit for the project just granted by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, said, “If they do in fact satisfy the judge that there has been a violation of the national environmental policy act. Then that seems like an appropriate remedy.”

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine Says Donald Trump, Jr., May Have Committed Treason

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says Donald Trump, Jr. may have committed treason when he agreed to meet with a Russian lawyer, under the pretense of getting damaging intel on Hillary Clinton.

Clinton’s former running mate was commenting on a New York Times article about an email sent to the President’s oldest son, and his subsequent release of the email. Senator Tim Kaine said, “Nothing is proven yet but we are now beyond obstruction of justice in terms of what is being investigated. This is moving into perjury, false statements and even potentially into treason.”

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner Cites First “Clear Evidence,” of Russian Involvement With Trump Campaign Officials

Virginia Senator Mark Warner, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says we now have the first clear evidence that senior Trump campaign officials met with Russians to try to discredit Hillary Clinton.

Once again, Virginia’s Democratic Senator and the number two member on the Intelligence Committee is being widely quoted nationwide after hearing about Donald Trump Jr.’s acknowledgement of a meeting last June with a Russian lawyer.

Nineteen Attorneys General Sue Over Student Debt Rules Revocation

A Group of 19 state attorneys general, including Virginia’s Mark Herring, is suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for delaying an overhaul of rules to erase the federal student debts of those who were defrauded by colleges.

The rule dates back to the 90’s and wipes away federal loans for students whose colleges used illegal or deceptive tactics to get them to borrow money to attend.

Chesterfield County Launches Department of Community Enhancement

Chesterfield County has just launched its new Department of Community Enhancement, to help erase pockets of poverty and rebuild aging communities.

The department’s new director Kirk Turner says they will crack down on code violations.

“We like to be aggressive. Where we have issues, we’d like to get people to clean that up.”

But the new, 18-member department is much more than just property police. They will help form public policy on codes, and zoning and incentives and tax abatement and rebuilding.