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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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GOP Says 13 Candidates Qualify for March 1st Primary Ballot

The Republican Party of Virginia says that 13 GOP presidential candidates qualified to be on the March 1st primary ballot. The party said yesterday (12/15) it sent a letter to the State Board of Elections affirming 13 candidates have submitted the necessary signatures to qualify for the primary.

Former New York Governor George Pataki is the only active GOP candidate who did not qualify for the Virginia Ballot.

Naturalization Ceremony In Colonial Williamsburg Tomorrow

A Naturalization Ceremony is set for 29 people in Virginia this week. Tomorrow (12/17), in Colonial Williamsburg they will take the oath of US citizenship where much of this country’s history began.

It is part of a tradition going back 40 years that includes two ceremonies each year, the most recent one this June 15th.

Tomorrow’s ceremony will include people from 18 different counties, including China, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, and Vietnam.

Last year, almost 700,000 people took the oath and became citizens.

One Killed, Another Seriously Injured Following High-Speech Chase In Powhatan

Authorities have arrested a man following a high-speed chase in Powhatan County yesterday (12/15) that that resulted in a fatal crash.

State police say they received reports of a car driving recklessly in the Cumberland Courthouse area, attempted to stop the driver, and began a pursuit that resulted in the SUV swerving to avoid a tire-deflation device and crashing into another vehicle on US 60 in Powhatan.

73-year old Thomas Rutledge was killed and his 60-year old wife Shannon seriously injured.

City Council Takes Controversial Vote on Boulevard Development

Richmond City Council voted late last night (12/14) on a plan to guide development along the Boulevard after a running battle that left some members outraged.

Council voted on a plan to guide how the city redevelops 60 acres it owns on the Boulevard, currently home to the Diamond, but squarely in the mayor’s sites for redevelopment and higher tax revenues. It calls for 60-days of public feedback, followed by adoption of a highest and best use strategy and solicitation of bids from developers to carry it out.

US District Judge Suggests Moving Ahead With Draft Plan for Redistricting

A federal judge has suggested a conditional fix for redrawing Virginia’s Congressional map.

US District Judge Robert E. Payne says drafting the new map could be done, but made contingent on an affirmation by the US Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel has twice ruled that the 2012 General Assembly packed too many black voters into the 3rd Congressional Distict, ordered the lines redrawn, and hired its own map-maker when legislators could not.

Richmond’s School Superintendent Unveils Needs For Next Fiscal Year

Richmond School Superintendent Dana Bedden says he wants to boost employees pay, add 138 full-time positions and embark on a system-wide improvement plan.

Bedden unveiled his estimate of needs for the next fiscal year, that would cost about 298 million, almost 27 more than the current year’s budget.

It anticipates additional cuts in state funding, which has already dropped 12 million since 2009. And it does not address the first phase of a 563 million dollar building plan administration officials have already said is beyond the city’s debt capacity.

Two Shooting Deaths in Petersburg Over the Weekend

It has been a violent weekend in Petersburg, with two people killed in early Sunday morning (12/13) shootings. They were separate incidents.

In the first, police responded to the 1700 block of West Court and founds 21-year old Kwaun Quarles suffering from a gunshot wound, he died later at Southside Regional Medical Center.

In the second, officers responded to a report of a person shot in the 800 block of Rome Street. Twenty-seven year old Mark Barlow was transported to Southside Regional, where he died.

Court-Ordered Redistricting Plan in Federal Court Hearing Today

A court-ordered change in congressional boundaries is headed for federal court in Richmond today (12/14). At issue is whether the federal court, which has already ruled that the current boundaries pack too many black voters in the 3rd Congressional District, should go ahead and lock new boundaries into place, or wait possibly months for the United States Supreme Court to hear an appeal by the state’s Republican members of Congress.

Monday, December 14th Busiest Day For Mailing

The US Postal Service says this is the busiest mailing and shipping day for the holiday. The Postal service expects to deliver about 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages during the next couple of weeks and today (12/14) will be the busiest for mailing.

For guaranteed delivery before Christmas, they recommend tomorrow for standard post, Saturday for first class, next Monday for priority and Wednesday next week for priority express. Military priority express is this Thursday, the 17th.

Busiest day for delivering all of this will be next Monday.

Henrico Planning Commission Rejects Dollar General On Mountain Road

Henrico Planners have rejected a Dollar General Store in a historic Glen Allen neighborhood. The Planning Commission voted unanimously against the proposed Dollar General Store at the entrance to a residential area on Mountain Road, even though the developer promised a Colonial style motiff.

Two hundred people were there in opposition, with an online petition signed by 1,300 more.