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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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Closing Dates Announced for Three Martin’s Stores

Martin’s Food Markets officially announced the closing dates of three of its area stores this summer.

Most people knew it was coming. The decision to close three stores was made last year and not related to the pending merger. But the news spelled out the actual final days of the Martin stores in Stony Point, Petersburg and Mechanicsville.

Shoppers at the Mechanicsville store this afternoon said it was a good store and it was convenient.

Mechanicsville closes July 23rd, Stony Point July 30th, and South Crater Road in Petersburg July 16th.

Commonwealth Transportation Board Set To Approve Record Funds for Passenger Rail Projects

True High Speed Rail could be several years and several hundred billion dollars away but high speed rail for Richmond could become reality with a vote today (6/14) by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. It is part of a $14.6 billion dollar package of nearly 3,500 rail, road and other projects for the next six years.

Danny Plaugher, Executive Director of Virginians for High Speed Rail says it isn’t high-speed rail, but it is a good beginning.

Tight Security Planned for Donald Trump Campaign Appearance at Richmond Coliseum Tonight

Security will be tight for the appearance of Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the Richmond Coliseum tonight (6/10) at 8:00 p.m.

The visit of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee comes in the wake of violence at a rally last week in San Jose, California. Already there are plans for at least two anti-Trump rallies at Monroe Park, and surrounding the Coliseum.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said, “We refuse to let anybody come here and tear our city up.”

Major Expansion of Sawmill Operation In Pittsylvania County

Governor McAuliffe has announced a major expansion of the Gregory Lumber company sawmill operation in Pittsylvania County. Economically-stressed Pittsylvania County will get some help from a 29-year old company and native resources that go back to the pioneers.

Overall Forestry is Virginia’s third largest private sector industry.

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore says thanks to the Governor and the General Assembly, the state’s reforestation of timberland program is fully-funded for the first time in over 25 years.

Virginia Aviation Museum To Close Its Doors End of June

The Virginia Aviation Museum, which opened its doors in 1991 on Richmond International Airport property, is closing at the end of this month.

Home to 38 aircraft and rich in aviation history, the museum building had outlived its usefulness.

The Byrd plane, and 37 other treasures from aviation’s earliest days, will be on display through the end of the month when the museum will close. Until then, admission is free.

Gloucester County School Board to Appeal Transgender Bathroom Case to U.S. Supreme Court

The Gloucester County School board will appeal a federal court ruling on bathroom access for a transgender student to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gavin Grimm was born female, but identified as male.

A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of Grimm’s using the boy’s bathroom, but last week the board asked the entire court to hear the case.

Now they will petition to have it go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Richmond-based appeals court will wait to finalize its ruling, until the Supreme Court decides whether to take the case.

National D-Day Memorial Service Honors 2,499 Who Died

A special Memorial was held at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedfordm, a small Virginia town that suffered the highest losses in the country for its size on June 6th, 1944.

Bedford lost more men per capita than any other place in the country, and the National D-Day memorial honors those 19, and all the others who didn’t come home. But yesterday (6/6), they did something that has never been done before. They read every single name to honor the so-called “Bedford Boys,” and the thousands of others who died on June 6th, 1944, the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

Thousands Turn Out To Pick Up Trash For Annual Clean the Bay Day

Thousands turned out Saturday (6/4) for the 28th annual “Clean the Bay Day,” to pick up trash along rivers beaches and shorelines. It has become an annual expression of concern for the Bay, its tributaries and the environment.

Every year, thousands turn out to pick up trash other people have left behind. These volunteers were at the James River Park, near Reedy Creed.

Thousand more picked up about 138,000 pounds of trash at 260 sites along some 440 miles of shoreline.

Two New Laws Require School Divisions to Be More Vigilant of Students Recovering from Concussions

The Governor signed into law this week a bill requiring local school divisions to be more mindful of students who return to classes following concussions.

The Centers for Disease Control says each year, hundreds of thousands of K-12 students sustain a concussion as the result of a fall, a sports injury or a car crash.

UVA’s Dr. Howard Goodkin was part of a task force that helped to develop two new state laws to help protect students who suffer concussions or have other health issues.