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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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Federal Judge To Hear An Appeal To Stop Ricky Gray’s Execution Set For January 18th

An effort by Ricky Gray to stop his scheduled execution goes to a U.S. District Court Judge in Richmond today (1/3). Gray’s lawyers are challenging Virginia’s plan to use a drug not made by a pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Gray killed a Richmond family on New Year’s Day in 2006. His execution is set for January 18th.

Federal Railroad Administration Rolls Out 30-year Plan For Northeast Corridor

After four years of gathering ideas from elected and state officials, the Federal Railroad Administration has just released a recommendation for faster, more modern train travel along the busy Northeast Corridor.

It includes no plan for anything South of Washington.

Virginia Democratic Congressman Don Beyer is worried where the money will come from and the Virginia Rail Policy Institute.

Laws Limiting License Plate Readers Could Be Revisited by 2017 General Assembly

The issue of license plate readers will get another hearing next year, both in the courts and possibly in the Virginia General Assembly.

The Virginia ACLU has taken the Fairfax County police department to court, seeking an injunction to prevent them from keeping license data they currently maintain for a year, but a Fairfax judge threw the case out, ruling that a license plate is not personal information.

The ACLU is appealing that ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court.

Quinnipiac Poll: Obama Gets Highest Rating Ever, Virginians Optimistic About Four Years With Trump

President Obama gets his highest grade ever in Virginia, and state voters are optimistic about the next four years with Donald Trump, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released this morning.

Virginia voters approve 59-38 percent of the job President Obama is doing, his highest grade ever in the Old Dominion and one of his highest grades in the states surveyed by the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Virginia Tech Meteorologist at Earth Scientists Conference in San Francisco, Concerned About Trump and Climate Change

Thousands of Earth scientists are in San Francisco this week to talk about climate change, volcanoes and earthquakes, and Donald Trump. A Virginia Tech professor found himself in the middle of a demonstration.

Jon Petters is a meteorologist and expert on data management.

Petters is attending the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco this week,

Petters and other scientists took part in a demonstration to tell Trump not to interfere with climate science.

First Quinnipiac University Poll on 2017 Gubernatorial Race

Republican Ed Gillespie has an early lead among his party's candidates for Governor next year, but trails Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam in a Quinnipiac University poll released today (12/14). The former Republican National Chairman has a solid lead at this point.

Peter Brown, Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, says over half the Republicans polled are undecided. The poll shows Northam with 38 and Gillespie with 34.

Brown says it's just a baseline poll, but a preview of what’s to come in 2017.

Ribbon-Cutting Today for New Hanover County Courthouse

Hanover County officials have set a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new courthouse today (12/14).

The new 115,000 square foot facility is designed to keep up with county growth and to provide more security.

Bucky Stanley is Chairman of the Hanover Board of Supervisors. He says Hanover is relatively safe, but now the courthouse is safer and better able to handle routine matters.

Ribbon cutting is at 1:30 p.m.

The new courthouse is set to open January 3, 2017.

Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals Turns Back Challenge To Virginia’s Voter ID Law

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today (12/13) turned back a challenge to Virginia’s voter photo ID law, upheld by a federal judge in Richmond earlier this year.

Last year, the Democratic Party of Virginia and two voters filed suit alleging Republicans had enacted the law to curb the number of young and minority voters.

In May, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson upheld the photo ID requirement and the plaintiffs appealed.

Plaintiffs could now appeal to the entire 4th Circuit Court.

Glen Allen Couple Win ABC’s “Great Christmas Light Fight”

A Glen Allen Couple won the ABC “Great Christmas Light Fight” on national TV last night, along with 50 thousand dollars and a trophy.

Al and Esther Thompson’s 170 thousand lights and 1,237 homemade cut-out decorations won over bigger, more elaborate displays.

The display at 9716 Wendhurst Drive has drawn admirers from all 50 states and 102 foreign countries. And Al and Esther will be out greeting families every night from now until New Year’s Day.

Edwards Smokehouse in Surry Recovering From Devastating Fire, Product Back on Shelves

A traditional Virginia country ham company is back in business after fire burned it to the ground last January.

The fire was so devastating, and the Edwards Smokehouse in Surry so-well known, it was even reported in the New York Times.

But Edwards is recovering. It is back on the shelves across the country this season, thanks to competitors Sam trusts with his company’s most valuable asset.