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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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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.

Former Governor McDonnell Must Wait To Hear If His Appeal Will Be Heard

Former Governor Bob McDonnell will have to wait at least another week to hear if the United States Supreme Court will hear his appeal.

The court met privately Friday to consider petitions, and McDonnell’s was on the list, but when it posted its orders yesterday, his case was not on it.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says each year the justices get up to 8,000 requests to hear cases and accepts only 100 or so.

General Assembly Begins 2016 Session This Week

The Virginia General Assembly will be back in Richmond this week for the 2016 legislative session. A $100 billion dollar two-year budget is at the top of everybody’s list, with health care, criminal justice, and guns also on the agenda.

It marks the mid-point of Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s term, but both chambers are controlled by Republicans who can and will limit what he can do.

At the same time, he can use his veto pen, to return the favor.

The Legislators will be here for 60 days.

First Community Meeting on Planned Maggie L. Walker Statue

There is a statue of Maggie L. Walker planned on Broad Street, and the first public meeting is set for this week.

The city’s Public Art Commission is expected a large turnout at the first community meeting since a site and an artist were announced.

The site is Broad and Adams, with a possible Plaza extending to Brook Road, and that is part of the discussion.

Some are concerned a historic road might be closed, some that a live oak would be chopped down.

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