Has UVa Found a Cure for Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration may not get as much attention as Alzheimer's disease or breast cancer, but nearly one-third of people over 80 are affected by it. One physician at the UVa School of Medicine says they may have found a cure. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

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Primary Election Results

Jun 12, 2018
Virginia Places

In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Corey Stewart has beaten Nick Freitas (45% to 43%) with 99% of precincts reporting.  Stewart will run against Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine.  In each of four Congressional districts in the WMRA area, Democratic women will challenge Republican candidates.

Red Wing Roots

Summertime is the season of music festivals. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler rounds up some great local music events to check out during the hot months.

Virginia Places

Virginians will go to the polls for primary elections Tuesday, June 12th.  Four congressional seats are at play in the WMRA listening area.  And U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will also be on the ballot this fall – three GOP candidates are vying to unseat him.  JMU political science professor Bob Roberts joined WMRA's Bob Leweke to provide some perspective.

Bonnie Barrineau

John Handley High School in Winchester just graduated its latest class on Saturday.  Nearly 100 years ago, the city used $1.6 million in private money to create a model education system.  WMRA’s Bonnie Barrineau looks at the lasting impact of that decision on public schools in Winchester, and at how that gift fit into Virginia’s legacy of racial segregation.

Jordy Yager

A group of more than 50 people traveled from Charlottesville to Ghana earlier this month to learn about the origins of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and how it can be better taught back here in the U.S.  Jordy Yager  joined the group and has this report from Virginia Public Radio.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A group of religious organizations in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is advocating for criminal justice reform at the local level.  And they hope that government officials will find the solutions easy enough to put in place soon.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Four Democratic challengers seeking the nomination for the Sixth Congressional District agree that the key to beating Republican nominee Delegate Ben Cline in this predominantly conservative region is connecting with Independents and moderate Republicans. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.


Despite rising gas prices and rain in the forecast, more drivers are expected this Memorial Day Weekend.   And one thing you may notice -- some memorably worded digital safety signs from the Virginia Department of Transportation.  The signs might read, “Signal Intention for Crash Prevention” or “See the Cone … Respect the Zone.”   WMRA’s Jessie Knadler talks to the wordsmiths at VDOT to find out what’s going on with those catchy signs.

Peter Jump

The old practice of doctor home visits -- they used to be known as house calls -- is making a comeback. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 20 years, two-thirds of elderly Americans will have multiple chronic conditions, making it difficult for them to get to a doctor’s office.  That means they'll need more care at home.  WMRA’s Peter Jump rode along with one physician squeezing a house call into his busy day.

Calvin Pynn

About one-third of children in Harrisonburg live in single-parent homes.  One Valley chapter of the Boy Scouts of America gathered local businesses, community members and scouting enthusiasts on Sunday to raise money, and awareness.  And as WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports, it was a time-honored scouting event – a pinewood derby.


Fall 2018 WMRA Fundraiser

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October 9 & 10, 2018

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Autism in Virginia: Special News Series

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and WMRA explores the issues surrounding autism with a news series, "Autism in Virginia." Supported by Paul Obaugh Ford and Lincoln.