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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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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.

Henrico “Tacky Light House” Featured Tonight on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight

One of Richmond’s premier “Tacky Light” Houses will be featured on national TV tonight with a chance to win a 50 thousand dollar prize.

Over the weekend, as always hundreds of people flock to Al and Esther Thompson’s home on Wendhurst Drive to see the lights.

The 70-year old Henrico man still climbs on his steep roof everyyear and works two and a half months to complete his Christmas display.

You can see his house tonight on ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight at nine.

State Lawmakers Want More Accountability in Jail Death Investigations

State lawmakers studying mental health want the General Assembly to fund new investigators to review deaths in local jails. By November of this year, 39 inmates had died in local or regional jails in Virginia.

A House subcommittee wants the citizen-based board of corrections to be assigned professional investigators and staff from the department of corrections to begin the process of accountability. That legislation is likely to be presented in the 2017 General Assembly.

Bon Secours and Safe Harbor Announce Shelter for Human Trafficking Victims

Safe Harbor and Bon Secours Richmond Health System have announced the establishment of the first area shelter for victims of human trafficking.

It is a worldwide problem, but Henrico has prosecuted more cases than anybody else in Virginia.

It was a natural alliance between Bon Secours and Safe Harbor that began 16 years ago, that yesterday (12/6), culminated in the region’s first dedicated shelter for human trafficking victims. The confidential location will provide shelter for 15 residents next year, and plans to open in early January 2017.

VDOT Holds Public Hearing on Route 60 Corridor Through Powhatan

The Virginia Department of Transportation is conducting a citizen information meeting tonight (12/7) on efforts to prepare a special plan for growth along the U.S. 60 Corridor.

There will be good news tonight for citizens of Powhatan who want to retain the county’s rural environment. VDOT studied existing traffic patterns and worked with the county on their comprehensive plan. Along with the news that VDOT doesn’t see the need for new lanes in the next 20 years, residents are invited to hear the whole plan, and offer their suggestions.