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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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Judge Robert L.Gregory To Become Chief Judge of Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

A former graduate of Petersburg High School and Virginia State University will make history tomorrow (7/9) as he becomes the Chief Judge of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Roger L. Gregory went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School and was a law partner with L. Douglas Wilder. He was originally appointed to the court by two presidents of different parties.

His selection comes because of his seniority on the court. It becomes effective tomorrow.

Federal Judge Denies Gloucester School Board Again

A federal judge has denied the Gloucester County School Board’s request to hold off a preliminary injunction allowing a transgender student to use the boys restroom.

The roller coaster case for Gavin Grimm took another twist as U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar ruled the injunction will stay in place.

Carl Tobias, law professor at the University of Richmond, says even though the court is not in session, the justices are in touch, and likely to act on this issue.

Hanover Tomatoes Ripe and Ready for Market; Hanover Tomato Festival This Weekend

The tomato that made Hanover famous is ripe and on its way to market. It is a true July favorite.

At Dodds Acres Farm yesterday (7/5), the packing shed was busy as 46 workers brought in this year’s crop, while 85-year old Robert Dodd, Jr. worked right with them on the pride of Hanover County.

This year, he has a quarter of a million tomato plants in the ground.

Two hundred bushels are headed to the annual Hanover Tomato Festival this weekend, the rest to regional stores, including Martin’s and Wegmans.

Republican Party of Virginia Reacts to FBI Clinton Decision

The Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia says FBI Director Jim Comey’s comments on Hillary Clinton’s email portray a person not to be trusted to be president.

Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck says even though the FBI did not recommend prosecution, their findings were damaging. Whitbeck said FBI Director Jim Comey’s comments that Clinton and her team were careless with very classified information was proof she couldn’t be trusted.

But other party leaders were disappointed.

Richmond’s Bosnia Community Plans Peace March To Commemorate Srebrenica Genocide

Twenty-one years ago this July, the worst genocide in Europe since World War II took place as Muslims fled the besieged city of Srebrenica in the midst of the Bosnian civil war.

Ahmed Dudic was 21 years old, and one of the leaders of a column of refugees who tried to flee the city, but were attacked by Serbian forces. Adisada Dudic is Ahmed’s niece and sat down with him last week as he remembered the massacre.

Last Day for Virginia Aviation Museum

The Virginia Aviation Museum is set to close its doors for good today (6/30).

It was crowded on the day before closing. Admission is still free and time is running out.

A deal to lease the facility to the nonprofit Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society fell through. Society members are still looking for support and funds to carry on, perhaps from the legislature.

But the doors will close today on 38 priceless aircraft at the Museum and no word yet on their fate.

First Mid-Atlantic Ocean Management Plan Set To Be Released

For the first time, a Mid-Atlantic Ocean management plan to preserve and protect the ocean and the people who use it is set to be released next week. From the beginning, competing interests have coexisted on the coastlines and beyond, but the impending arrival of wind power and off-shore drilling has raised the stakes. Laura McKay is Program Manager of the Virginia Coastal Management Program and a key player in developing the Mid-Atlantic regional plan, to preserve and protect the ocean and the competing interests of shipping, fisheries, recreation, the military and energy .

Researchers at Massey Cancer Center Report Surprisingly Positive Results in Combination Drug Therapy Clinical Trials

Paul Dent, Ph.D, Universal Corporation Chair in Cancer Cell Signaling and a member of the Cancer Cell Signaling research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center: So what we have here is a lady who has triple-negative breast cancer on her skin. She’s had ten prior treatments.

Fishburne: Paul Dent is a biochemist, who led a team of Massey scientists in testing a new novel drug combination with surprising early results.