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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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General Assembly Money Committee Hears Appeals to Keep Youth Out of Prison

A Coalition of organizations has urged the General Assembly money committees to move forward on the Governor’s plan to replace the state’s two remaining juvenile corrections centers and use the money for programs to keep youths out of prison.

The coalition called “Rise for Youth” appeared during a four-hour public hearing in Richmond yesterday, as legislators prepare to address the Governor’s two-year budget plan.

Supreme Court Justices To Consider Hearing McDonnell Appeal

Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal will be considered by the United States Supreme Court for the first time tomorrow (1/8).

It is on the conference docket and the justices could decide tomorrow whether to hear it or not.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond says it is a high profile case that also raises the question of what is an official act.

If they refuse to hear the case, the former Governor will go to jail. It would take four votes to hear it.

If the justices decide tomorrow, that decision would likely be posted on Monday (1/11).

Three Richmond Pastors File Suit to Block GOP “Affiliation” Oath on Ballot

Three Richmond-area black pastors have filed a lawsuit to try to stop the requirement that voters in the March 1st GOP primary sign a statement saying they are Republicans.

Virginians don’t register by party and anyone can vote in a primary, but this year the Republican Party of Virginia asked the State Board of Elections to use an “affiliation statement,” and the board approved it.

The lawsuit asks a judge to declare it unconstitutional and to stop the Board from enforcing it.

Macy’s Inc., To Close Three Richmond-Area Stores

Macy’s says it will close three of its six Richmond-area stores citing online competition. Macy’s will close a two-store combination at Regency Square Mall and another at Virginia Center Commons.

Three others at Short Pump, Chesterfield Town Center and Southpark Mall, will remain open.

The Cincinnati-based retailer has nearly 770 stores nationwide, and is closing 40 of them in this round.

An industry analyst says, it is part of a retail shakeout as shoppers lose their fear of ordering online and don’t feel they have to try something on before making a purchase.

Petersburg May Launch National Extensive Search for New School Superintendent

The Petersburg City School Board may be set to launch a major search for a new superintendent. The school board could vote as early as tonight (1/6) on a proposal to hire a private search firm BWP & Associates, to find a replacement for Superintendent Joseph Melvin who was forced out in October.

It is the same firm that has worked with both Hopewell and Chesterfield County in their recruitment efforts, and it would cost about double what they had planned to spend with the Virginia School Boards Association to conduct the search.

New Natural Gas Power Generators Proposed for Hanover County

Hanover County could get two new natural gas turbines for power generation at a site near King’s Dominion.

Doswell Limited Partnership already has five units on the 10-acre site about 20 miles North of Richmond, and wants to build two more, doubling its output, citing the need for more electric power during peak demand.

It is already Hanover County’s top taxpayer, and county officials support the expansion, that could also add 100 construction jobs.

The SCC will hold a public hearing on the Doswell project April 20th.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade To Challenge Dave Bratt in 7th District

Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade says he is running for Congress in the 7th District. Longtime Sheriff Mike Wade is expected to challenge freshman Congressman Dave Brat for the Republican nomination to represent the 7th district.

He says “we need action, not rhetoric.”

Brat says he welcomes a debate.

The 7th District Republican Committee meets Saturday (1/9) to decide whether to nominate its candidate for the seat through a convention or a primary.

Wade is expected to make a formal announcement this week.

State Senator Creigh Deeds Files Six Million Dollar Suit in Son’s Death

Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds has filed a $6 million dollar lawsuit against the state and a mental health facility that he says failed his son. Deeds claims in his lawsuit that his son, 24-year old Austin “Gus” Deeds, was improperly denied treatment shortly before he stabbed his father multiple times then killed himself.

UVA To Lead Multi-Institution Study of Smartphone App to Control Diabetes

Researchers at the University of Virginia will head a $12.7 million dollar project to help control diabetes with a smartphone app.

UVA has been a pioneer in the system that allows a smartphone to continuously monitor glucose levels and adjust them incrementally as needed.

UVA’s Dr. Boris Kovatchev initially developed the application, which already has over 200,000 hours of human testing, and will now be expanded to nine other institutions in four countries.

State To Begin Review of Victims Applications for Sterilization Compensation

Virginia will begin a review of victim’s applications for sterilization compensation. It stems from the state’s Eugenics Sterilization Program, adopted in 1924 and abandoned in 1979, that resulted in some 7,325 individuals classified as mentally deficient or mentally ill, being sterilized.

It offers a one-time payment of $25,000 to living victims of sterilization or the estates of those who died after February 1, 2015. This year’s allocation of $400,000 would provide compensation for 16 victims.

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