Virginia Republicans Plan Hearings For Lt. Gov. Fairfax's Sexual Assault Accusers

A Republican lawmaker said he plans to invite two women who have accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault to share their stories before a General Assembly panel. Del. Rob Bell made the announcement from the floor of the House of Delegates Friday. The hearing will take place in the House Courts of Justice Committee, which Bell chairs. A date was not set. Fairfax, a Democrat and only the second African-American to be elected to the lieutenant governor post, has vehemently...

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Rachel Zaslow

As we learned yesterday, homeschooling in our part of Virginia is growing quickly for various reasons. In this follow-up report, WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports on one homeschooling co-op in Charlottesville founded to create a positive learning environment for children of color.

The number of students being homeschooled in our area has grown a lot over the last decade. In the first of a two-part series, WMRA’s Andrew Jenner explores why that’s happening.

Even as Medicaid expansion is finding its footing in Virginia, many people don’t have access to necessary health care. A non-profit provider of mobile medical clinics is coming to Harrisonburg for the first time on March 2nd and 3rd, in hopes of addressing some of those needs. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Whistle Words

Whistle Words is a multimedia project that uses writing to help women in cancer treatment reclaim their sense of self.  The group has released a new book called Truth: Voices of Women Changed by Cancer.  It’s an anthology of writings by women who are currently fighting the disease or in post treatment.  Charlotte Matthews is one of the founders of Whistle Words and she’s our featured speaker for Books & Brews  in February 2019.  She spoke with WMRA’s Chris Boros.

Bridget Manley

James Madison University hosted a large student summit over the weekend.  Young people from across the country explored solutions to food insecurity and other global issues related to food.  WMRA’s Bridget Manley visited with some of those students, pondering food issues.. while shoveling a little compost.

JMU Creative Media

On Thursday afternoon [Feb. 7], retired Justice John Charles Thomas spoke at JMU, as part of its Madison Vision Series. The first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court of Virginia, Thomas shared bits of his remarkable life, recited original poetry and spoke on the importance of hope.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.

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The Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association is on a mission to save bees.  Board member Dorn Peterson used to teach physics at JMU but now he raises the furry insects.  He spoke with WMRA’s Chris Boros about his dedication to beekeeping in Harrisonburg and how he got started.

This interview was produced by WMRA's Sara Amin.

Bridget Manley

As another federal government shutdown looms, programs that give assistance to those in need are still feeling the effects days and weeks after the end of the last one. WMRA’s Bridget Manley reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

Two hours by car west of Harrisonburg, the Green Bank Observatory is home to the world’s largest steerable radio telescope.  This facility owned by the National Science Foundation might be, well, under the radar, but it’s being used for some very forward-thinking projects you might not expect – including a search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

Virginia General Assembly

An ethics bill prompted by James Madison University’s hiring of former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling just after he’d completed a term on the university’s board of visitors took one step closer to becoming law Thursday in Richmond.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.  *UPDATE Tues. Jan. 29...


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