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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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Consultant Says Best Use of Boulevard Property Is Not Baseball

A consultant hired by the city to assess the best use for its Boulevard property, says it is probably not baseball.

Richmond City Council members have been arguing for months over the 60 acres even as the mayor promoted his plan to move the ball park and redevelop the property.

The consultant report said “baseball on the Boulevard does not have the highest and best economic impact,” and recommended moving it somewhere “nearby.” They didn”t say where or how.

Federal Judge Denies Injunction On GOP Party Affiliation Statement

A federal judge has denied a motion by supporters of Donald Trump for a preliminary injunction to block the GOP’s “statement of affiliation,” in their March 1st primary.

Judge Hannah Lauck said there was not enough evidence before the court to meet the requirements of an emergency motion.

For now, it means voters participating in the March 1st Republican primary must sign a statement that says, “my signature below indicates I am a Republican.”

The primary is still set for March 1st and absentee ballots are set to be mailed this week.

Hanover County Board of Supervisors Elects New Chairman

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors held its first meeting of the new year, and selected its longest-serving member as chairman.

The board elected Aubrey Stanley of the Beaverdam District who begins his 33rd year on the board. It will be his fifth time as chairman over the years, and he says he is honored.

He also promised he did not plan to serve another 33 years. Stanley is 71.

The board also appointed Frederick McGhee Jr., to the planning Commission.

Chesterfield County Board Installs New Members, Elects Chairman

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has elected new leaders and voted to extend its prayer policy.

At the first meeting of the new year, the board installed Leslie A.T. Haley and Christopher M. Winslow, newly elected from Midlothian and Clover Hill districts, and elected Steve Elswick of the Matoaca District, Chairman.

US District Judge Promises Ruling Today on GOP “Party Affiliation” Statement

A federal judge promises a ruling today on a bid by Donald Trump supporters to block the use of a party affiliation statement in the Virginia Republican primary.

US District Judge Hannah M. Lauck will make an immediate ruling despite yesterday’s three and a half hour hearing on legal and constitutional issues

The three pastors, who filed the lawsuit against the state board of elections, say the “party affiliation statement,” would scare off black voters and they want an injunction.

Chesterfield Police Release Surveillance Videos in Fatal Convenience Store Robbery

The men are still at large, but surveillance cameras at the store captured images of the suspects.

Police say 55-year old Harshad Patel was found unconscious near the front door at the Marketplace #21 convenience store at Walmsley and Turner Road about 10:30 Monday night (1/11). He and his wife had owned the business for nearly three years.

Neighbors and customers said he was a nice person, a friendly guy, and he was the father of two young twin girls.

GOP “Affiliation Statement” in US District Court Today

A judge will hear arguments today over the GOP’s “affiliation” statement. A hearing on a motion for a preliminary injunction is set this morning (1/13) in US District Court in Richmond, and the Judge Hannah M. Lauck is expected act quickly.

Last month, GOP leaders persuaded the State Board of Elections to require voters in the March 1st primary to sign a statement affirming they are Republicans.

Three black pastors who support Donald Trump filed the lawsuit saying such a loyalty oath would violate their rights.

Lawmakers Return To Richmond for 2016 General Assembly Session

Lawmakers are returning to Richmond today (1/13) to kick off their 2016 legislative session.

Tonight they will hear Governor Terry McAuliffe’s State of the Commonwealth address. The Democratic Governor is entering his third year in office and will be seeking support for his $109 billion dollar proposed budget that includes a billion-dollar increase in education spending, small corporate and individual tax cuts and a two-percent raise for state employees.

Virginia Beach Hardware Retailer Reportedly To Buy Pleasants Hardware Chain

A Virginia Beach hardware retailer is reportedly going to buy Richmond’s century-old Pleasants Hardware chain.

The Richmond Times Dispatch says that Taylor’s Do It Centers…which owns 10 stores in Hampton Roads and another in North Carolina will buy Pleasants from its current owner, C.F. Sauer Company.

Pleasants said in December that it will close its flagship store at 2024 W. Broad and apparently abandoned plans to replace it with another in the 4400 block of West Broad.

Pretrial Testimony in Jesse Matthew Jr., Case in Albermarle County Circuit Court

Police say a tracking dog picked up the scent of UVA student Hannah Graham in the apartment of the man accused in her murder.

It was a rare window into the forensic evidence at a pretrial hearing in Albermarle Circuit Court for Jesse Matthew Jr., the last person seen with her and charged with her death.