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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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Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt To Retire

Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt is expected to announce his retirement from Congress today (12/23). The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the three-term Congressman will step down at the end of his term in 2016.

The Fifth is a sprawling 10,000 square mile district encompassing all or part of 21 counties and three cities, extending from the North Carolina line as far north as Fauquier County.

Hurt has served the district since his election in 2010, but people who know him say he has come to loath the political process in Washington.

Lawyers for Former Governor McDonnell Make Final Arguments For Hearing

Lawyers for former Governor Bob McDonnell have made their final appeal to the US Supreme Court to hear his case, and keep him out of prison. The high court could hear McDonnell’s petition in early January.

McDonnell and his wife were convicted in September 2014 on corruption charges. His lawyers argue federal prosecutors took the concept of an official act too far, and it is too important an issue for the high court not to hear it.

Virginia’s Attorney General To Announce New Policy On Out-of-State Concealed Weapons Permits

Virginia’s Attorney General is set to announce a new policy regarding out-of-state concealed gun permits.

Attorney General Mark Herring is expected to announce today that beginning February 1st, Virginia will no longer honor the out of state concealed handgun carry permits of gun owners from more than two dozen states with which the commonwealth currently has reciprocal privileges, because a recent audit shows they do not meet Virginia standards.

The Richmond Times Dispatch says those states include North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee among others.

DMV Changes “Neutral Expression” Policy for Photo ID

The Department of Motor Vehicles wants to put a smile on your face.

More specifically, on what is generally your very worst picture, the one on your driver’s license.

Until now, DMV insisted on what it called a “neutral expression policy,” adopted in 2009 which said you could smile, if you had to, but, no teeth. It was supposed to make it easier for the imaging verification software to recognize you.

But no more. Drivers unhappy with their dour mugshots can now get a replacement at DMV for a $20 fee for the license or $10 for the ID cards.

Seven Women Being Held In City Jail Will Celebrate Afternoon Tea With their Children

Seven women being held at Richmond City Jail will get to spend some unexpected time with their children this afternoon. The women will attend a tea with their children today, in a holiday gesture sponsored by the Richmond Family and Fatherhood Initiative and the sheriff’s office, which operates the Richmond City Justice Center. Before they were selected, the women were required to participate in a 28-hour motherhood class intended to support them as they work to become better mothers. Celebrate RVA is also a sponsor.

VDOT Offers Highway Information On 511 System

The Virginia Department of Transportation is offering some tools to help motorists plan holiday travel.

VDOT says its 511 system will provide real-time information about traffic, road conditions and incidents. 511 can be assessed online at 511.virginia and on the phone at 511, and VDOT is offering a free 511 app that can help you navigate the system.

Most highway work zones will be suspended during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to limit congestion.

Conservation Group Says Dominion’s Projections Flawed on Need for James River Crossing

A report just released by a conservation group says Dominion’s plans for a James River crossing are based on flawed power predictions.

Dominion wants to build a 500 thousand volt line across the James River where Captain John Smith and the colonists sailed in 1607 sailed on their way to Jamestown Island. Historians and conservationists have been fighting it for two years.

Now they have a report from the National Parks Conservation Association that says Dominion’s predictions of rolling blackouts, based on projected energy demands are flawed.

Busiest Day of the Year for Mail Delivery

This is the busiest day of the year for mail delivery by the United States Postal Service.

USPS will deliver 155 billion cards, letters, flats and packages during the holidays much of it today.

Michelle Martell at United States Postal Service says you can still get mail out in time for Christmas.

Best thing you can do to help at this point is write the address carefully, so their robots can read it, otherwise its kicked up to a supervisor robot, and then to the most sophisticated reader of all, a human being. But that will take extra time you may not have.

Interfaith Gathering Shows Support for Muslims, Understanding, Peace

More than 90 members of major religious groups in Richmond gathered yesterday (12/17) to express solidarity with Muslims in the midst of troubling headlines and mistrust. There were Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh religious leaders at yesterday’s news conference at the Islamic Center of Virginia, sponsored by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

They talked about unity and good will in the face of attacks and violence around the world by sympathizers of the Islamic State.