Harrisonburg, VA – Election polling may not be accurate because young people and poor voters may be left out of telephone surveys, according to Bob Roberts, professor of political science at James Madison University in Virginia.

Many young people do not have landline phones, so they are not reachable by survey groups that use lists of home landline phone numbers, Roberts said.

Charlottesville, VA – Contrary to what many believe, strong regional accents are still very much a part of the American cultural landscape. Nancy King found a Virginia linguist who is collecting and categorizing different accents.

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Harrisonburg, VA – Harvey Yoder is a counselor at Family Life Resource Center in Harrisonburg.

Charlottesville, VA – In northern Virginia, a new memorial is now open that honors those who died in the Pentagon attacks of September 11th, 2001.

The memorial was made possible, in part, by the work of University of Virginia Materials Scientist, Rob Kelly.

WMRA's Tom Graham Reports.

Pentagon Memorial

Luray, VA – It's no secret that the worsening American economy is triggering job layoffs.

However, the pattern of layoffs in 2008 is causing unforeseen bureaucratic complications.

WMRA's Martha Woodroof reports.

Charlottesville, VA – Erika Raskin gives her thoughts on the Supermarket Sweep. She's a writer living in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville, VA – Mark Eggeman is Virginia's search and rescue coordinator - a post he also held during Katrina. Has anything really changed in the last three years, from his professional point of view? Martha Woodroof caught up with Mr. Eggeman on his cell phone.

Charlottesville, VA – Parents and teachers shouldn't worry when pre-schoolers talk to themselves; in fact, they should encourage it. Nancy King has more on chatty children.

With Good Reason

Afton, VA – Thoughts on energy dependence and independence. Larry Stopper lives in Afton.

Richmond, VA – Whether the first day of school is already behind you, or still a few days out, one researcher says this can be a challenging time of year for children.

WMRA's Tom Graham reports.

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