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The Harrisonburg/Rockingham Community Criminal Justice Board is meeting Monday night [Oct. 15, 2018], and several local groups are joining for a “March for Criminal Justice Reform” that will end at that meeting. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

María Chavalan is from a persecuted ethnic group in Guatemala. She fled to the U-S in 2015.  Now, ICE is pressuring her to buy a ticket back to Guatemala, but she is pleading her case in court, and seeking sanctuary in a church in Charlottesville. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini attended her press conference yesterday.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Yesterday at James Madison University, as part of its “Democracy in Peril?” forum about current politics, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor addressed approximately 75 people, many of them students, gathered in James Madison Hall. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

It’s October, the season for haunted houses and chills and frights. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz talked with some area scare providers and filed this report – and just a word of caution: this includes some scary sounds.

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Families in Matthews, Virginia, sacrificed much during World War Two when a large group of sea captains from the town were sent to help with the war efforts.  Author William Geroux chronicles the heroic story of one Matthews’ family whose seven merchant mariner sons suddenly found themselves in the cross-hairs of Hitler’s U-boats.  

Marguerite Gallorini

This week was “Farm to School” week in all nine city schools of Charlottesville.  The aim was to promote local agriculture and produce in schools and to get children interested in eating healthy.  On Thursday, Delegate David Toscano and Virginia’s Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visited Venable Elementary School. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this story.

Across the nation this weekend [Saturday-Monday, Oct. 6-8, 2018] some 700 home owners and organizations, including in the WMRA listening region, are sharing their love of solar energy. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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For the first time in decades, a new state law makes it legal to buy and process industrial hemp in Virginia.  A company in the Shenandoah Valley hopes to be the first to do just that.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.

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It’s a big weekend for Staunton as the third annual Queen City Mischief and Magic Festival gets underway on Friday.  Originally known as a “Potter Party” before Warner Brothers cracked down, this mega wizardry fan event has taken on a life of its own. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has more.

The Virginia Department of Corrections has decided to hold off implementing a controversial new policy that would have barred women from visiting state prisons wearing tampons or menstrual cups.

As NPR's Laurel Wamsley reported on Monday, the policy — meant to prevent the smuggling of contraband — was to have gone into effect next month.

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