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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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Hanover Board Approves Farming Residential Community

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has just approved a “residential farming community,” described as “first of its kind” in the area.

The 404-home development at Cedar Lane and Holly Hill Road would be nestled against the Chickahominy River and feature nature trails, gardens, orchard areas and 10 acres for communal farming.

At least 300 of the homes will be designated 55 plus, but the others will cater to younger people with families, a place where grandparents could spend time with their grandchildren, for example.

Deshutes Brewery Coming To Roanoke

Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery is making Virginia home to its East Coast Operations.

Founder Gary Fish said at the announcement in Roanoke yesterday that his company will invest 85 million to build a facility there that is expected to create more than 100 jobs, following an intensive campaign in Roanoke and a visit from the Governor when he was in Oregon on a trade mission.

Governor McAuliffe to Announce New Cycling Event for Virginia

Governor McAuliffe is set to announce a new cycling event that will take place in Virginia this summer.

Richmond-based Sports Backers says the cycling event will take place July 23 and 24th. The group says the goal will be to promote more bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

Richmond hosted the Super Bowl of international bicycle racing, the UCI Road World Championships in September, and drew crowds estimated by supporters of 645 thousand over the 10-day event.

Lumber Liquidators Settles Case With California Resources Board

Lumber Liquidators shares jumped yesterday after the company agreed to pay 2.5 million dollars to end an inquiry about its laminate flooring products sourced from China.

The Toano-based company has seen its sales and shares plunge since CBS 60 Minutes accused it of selling Chinese made flooring laminate with cancer causing levels of formaldehyde.

Charlottesville Group Wants Removal of Lee Statue

Charlottesville residents who are uncomfortable with a park and a monument dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, want it changed.

Today (3/22), community leaders are scheduled to come together and call on the city’s elected officials to rename Lee Park and remove the 100-year old statue. The news conference has been spurred by a number of recent local and state developments, including a bill in the General Assembly which would forbid local governments from tampering with war memorials and the Governor’s veto of that bill.

Roanoke Could Be Destination for New Deschutes Brewery

Governor McAuliffe is set to make a "major economic development announcement" in Roanoke this afternoon.

It could be another brewery. The Roanoke Times reports that Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery is set to open a production facility in Roanoke.

Deschutes also had been considering Asheville, Greenville, and Charleston. Deschutes is the nation’s seventh-largest craft brewer.

Governor McCauliffe, who championed the Stone Brewery in Richmond, is set to make an announcement at Charter Hall in the Roanoke City market Building this afternoon.

Martin’s Food Markets In Richmond Area Could Be Sold

Martin’s Food Markets stores in Richmond will likely be sold or closed this year as part of a planned merger.

The Richmond Times Dispatch quotes an industry trade publication as saying Kroger and/or Publix could be the likely buyer of 19 of the area’s 22 stores. Martin’s had previously announced it would close three.

The sale would be necessary so that Martin’s Dutch retail conglomerate, which also owns Giant and Stop and Shop, can combine with a Belgian Group, which owns Food Lion and Hannaford Stores and sell overlapping properties.

State Police Warn of Slow-Moving Vehicles During Spring Planting Season

It is the beginning of Spring Planting Season, and it is an especially dangerous time to be driving along rural highways.

Twenty percent of the population now lives in rural areas, but almost 55% of traffic fatalities occur there. And right now, many of those roads are occupied by slow-moving, and sometimes quite large, farm equipment.

Albermarle County Farmer Joseph Sweeney says even so, some impatient drivers either don’t see or don’t care about the warning signs.

Annual Tornado Drill Set Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning (3/22) is the date for Virginia’s statewide tornado drill, which is an annual effort to prepare citizens for tornado warnings and test public warning systems. About one million people across the state have signed up to participate.

Dawn Eishen is with the Virginia Departmentment of Emegency Management, which is conducting the drill along with the National Weather Service. It begins at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow morning with a test tornado warning which will be carried by NOAA weather radios, and local broadcasters.

United States Supreme Court to Hear Challengers To Virginia Congressional Redistricting Today

The United States Supreme Court today (3/21) will hear arguments to halt the state’s new Congressional redistricting. The case was brought by the eight current and two former GOP members of Congress from Virginia and the High Court will hear 70 minutes of arguments over the new congressional district boundaries put in place after federal judges ruled that Virginia’s previous districts discriminated against black voters.

The Republican lawmakers say federal judges put too much weight on race in making their ruling.