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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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Richmond School Board Votes To Extend School Superintendent’s Contract

The Richmond School Board has voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Dana Bedden through June 30th, 2019. It was a vote of confidence, and a gesture of commitment on the part of the popular school chief, who was recently courted by Boston’s public schools, but backed out of contention.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the extended contract was approved by a 6-3 vote.

Governor’s Executive Order Bans Firearms in Most State Office Buildings

An emergency regulation barring concealed weapons in most state offices has just gone into effect. Governor McAuliffe did it with an executive order and notifications are expected to be posted this week telling visitors firearms are prohibited.

There are exemptions for law enforcement, security and military personnel.

The Governor has pushed for more gun control measures in the General Assembly without success. But with the emergency regulations, he can ban guns in state buildings for 18 months without legislative approval.

Plans For Outlet Mall at I-95 And Lewistown Road To Go To Hanover Planning Department

Plans for a major outlet shopping Center off I-95 in Hanover County go to the county’s planning department today (12/7). The Richmond Times-Dispatch says developers of the “Outlets at Richmond” plan to submit final plans for the project today.

If they are approved, construction of the first phase of the 400,000 square foot outlet mall could begin next summer.

They have reportedly signed Under Armour, Banana Republic and the Gap, among the first retailers, but would not confirm additional names or how many others had signed on.

Emporia Officer Recovering, Suspect Sought in Fatal Southside Shooting Incident

An Emporia police officer is recovering after being shot responding to a nightclub-parking-lot brawl over the weekend. Officer William King was wounded and another man shot and killed in two shootings early Sunday (12/6) outside a nightclub on Emporia’s Main Street.

Officials say King was arresting 26-year old Christopher Powell, the suspect of the first shooting, when someone in the crowd apparently shot at Powell, but hit King instead.

Pearl Harbor Remembered at Virginia War Memorial

Two Pearl Harbor survivors are scheduled to attend a remembrance ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond today (12/7). It was 74 years ago today when the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.

Ninety-five year old Bill Thornton was three decks down in the communication room of the USS Tennessee when he heard the bombs hit. He survived the battle, and the war, and today plans to attend the wreath-laying ceremony to honor both the survivors and those who died that day.

Christmas Events This Weekend

There are two major Christmas events in Richmond this weekend (12/5). It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with the Grand Illumination tonight (12/4) and the Dominion Christmas Parade tomorrow.

The 31st Grand Illumination of the James Center is set for 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. tonight on East Cary Street between 9th and 12th Streets. The right parking lane on Cary will close at 9:00 a.m. this morning until midnight, and half a block of 10th will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

NASA Will Try Again Today To Launch Supply Rocket To International Space Station

NASA will try again today (12/4), if possible, to launch a supply mission to the International Space Station.

Orbital ATK is set to launch 7,700 pounds of equipment, experiments and supplies from Cape Canaveral this morning, weather permitting.

It’s last launch from Wallops Island October a year ago, ended in a fireball, when the rocket exploded 15 seconds after lift-off. Cold-war era Russian rocket engines have been blamed for that, and Orbital is using another company’s rocket to get deliveries back on track.

Russian National Sentenced to Life Plus 30 Years For Attack Against American Forces in Afghanistan

Russian National Irek Hamidullin has been sentenced to life plus 30 years for supporting Taliban terrorists in an attack against US forces in Afghanistan.

The case is unprecedented. Hamidullin was found guilty in August of providing material support to terrorism and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in a 2009 attack against US forces on the Afghan border.

Hamidullin says “I do not accept your law.”

Bon Air Neighbors Post Sign Supporting Muslims

A message of love, not hate, from the Bon Air neighbors of the Islamic Center of Virginia--when he first saw the sign from a distance, Imam Ammar Amonette thought, “oh no, some hate thing.”

The center located on Buford Road has about a thousand people visiting every week. It has been a tense time. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said last week it has received more reports of discrimination and threats against American Muslims after the November 13th Paris attacks that at any other time since 9/11.

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