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President Trump is addressing the United Nations General Assembly today at 10am

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Last year DuPont agreed to pay about $50 million to fund projects restoring natural habitat around the South River in Waynesboro. The projects address contamination caused by mercury released into the soil, and the river, by DuPont for decades.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz takes a look at the early stages of restoration.

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Charlottesville was spared from the worst of Hurricane Florence, but the community is trying to do its share to help out neighbors who were less lucky. As WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini reports, Charlottesville’s SPCA is helping out some four-legged friends in North Carolina.

Jessie Knadler

Middlebrook General Store has been serving farming families in Augusta County on and off since 1901.  But in August, the iconic hub of this tiny village closed its doors for good. Jessie Knadler has more.

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The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to take the place of Justice Anthony Kennedy was the subject of a forum at the Miller Center yesterday.  Supreme Court expert Barbara Perry talked about the makeup of the new court with UVA law professors Saikrishna Prakash and Micah Schwartzman. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Nearly 60 years ago, Gerald Durley became a young civil rights activist. Today, he’s a climate activist – and his core message is that the two struggles are one in the same. Durley will give a free, public talk Monday evening, Sept. 17, at JMU, entitled “Race, Faith and Climate Change: How Global Warming is a Civil Rights Issue.” WMRA’s Andrew Jenner has this story.

Virginia Department of Health

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

Cville Pride

Preview events for the seventh annual Charlottesville Pride Festival began over the weekend.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

There’s a honkytonk bar outside of Winchester, VA, that defines rural America, country music, and old time tradition.  It’s called The Troubadour Lounge and was owned by Jim McCoy, a local country music legend who was the first radio DJ to play Patsy Cline on the air.  When author John Lingan went there to find Jim what he found was a town searching for itself.  John’s book

Wildlife Center of Virginia

Virginia biologists have their eyes on a number of problems in the state, such as giant hogweed and Chronic Wasting Disease in deer. Another problem on the rise – mange in black bears – might have a new treatment, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

More than 50 years ago, race riots swept across the United States during what became known as the “long, hot summer of 1967.” Historian Steve Gillon spoke at the Miller Center in Charlottesville Thursday to discuss his new book about the Kerner Commission and the investigation into the unrest. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Augusta Health

Hospital food gets a bad rap, but Augusta Health in Fishersville is trying to change that. The hospital has harvested roughly 10,000 pounds of fresh produce so far this year from an on-site farm. It’s part of an initiative to improve the quality of food inside the hospital and raise awareness that good nutrition is the best medicine.   WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A recent USA Today report named Harrisonburg as the Virginia city “hit hardest by extreme poverty.” City officials say that report is misleading.  And advocates for people in need point to other measures of poverty. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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Across the nation and beyond – and now in Harrisonburg – local choirs have formed to sing at the bedsides of people in end-of-life care – patients who are at the “thresholds of life.” The singers are part of “threshold choirs,” as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Child welfare advocates in Rockbridge are filing an appeal this week with the Virginia Department of Social Services, or DSS, following the state agency’s decision not to have local board members removed.  Advocates say board members failed to address deep problems inside the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has more.

A Pipeline Update: Where Things Stand Now

Aug 20, 2018
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Virginia’s Water Control Board will meet Tuesday, August 21, to consider the question of whether the state should be inspecting every point on a river or stream where pipeline builders propose to cross. 

Andrew Jenner

It’s the time of year when college students come flooding back into Harrisonburg. But that’s not the only age group flocking in.  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Some residents in Charlottesville fear a repeat of last August’s mayhem that resulted in the deaths of counter-protester Heather Heyer and two police officers.  What can we expect this weekend?  WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.

Officials have declared a state of emergency for Charlottesville and the Commonwealth in advance of this weekend.  If white supremacists return to Charlottesville, they will find a very different city.  Besides the state of emergency, new leaders are in charge, and there is an even larger group of vocal opponents.  Virginia Public Radio’s Sandy Hausman reports.

National Night Out

Tuesday evening [August 7], police departments across the nation, including in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, will try to foster a sense of community with the neighborhoods they police.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Camp Kesem

A nationwide community of college students is offering a summer camp where the children of parents with cancer can have fun, and just be – and become – themselves. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Jessie Knadler

If you’ve spent any time in Staunton this summer you may have noticed the city is peppered with signs that say either ‘Save the Name’… or ‘Change the Name’.  It’s part of the contentious debate over whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School, or keep it as is. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler heard from residents – and students – and got some historical perspective, too.

WMRA is making some changes to our lineup of shows starting Wednesday, August 1st and Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th. 

To see the new WMRA schedule, click here.

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We're pleased to welcome Chris Boros as WMRA’s new Program Director.

“Public Radio is in my blood.  I have a passion for great sound and audio and I’m excited to be working with pros like Bob Leweke and Kimberlea Daggy.  WMRA is a station that serves a beautiful community.  I’m happy to be here.”

US Customs and Border Protection

Recently national attention turned to the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant minors detained at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton. Its allegations have caused concern for many, including a clinical psychologist and local, state and federal officials. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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Each year hundreds gather on the rolling hills of James Monroe’s Highland, near Charlottesville. They’re here to take in the sights, sounds and smells of The Virginia Folklife apprenticeship program, and learn how residents are preserving cultural traditions. Ian Stewart reports on the program for Virginia Currents.

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Recent national attention to the class action lawsuit filed by unaccompanied immigrant minors detained at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, or SVJC, near Staunton has raised the concern of many, including U.S. Senator from Virginia Mark Warner. He spoke with WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz.

Otto Pebworth

WMLU, our partner station serving Farmville at 91.3fm, will be off the air for the next few weeks.

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It has 480 solar panels, could reduce carbon emissions by 191 tons annually, and represents the first of its kind in Virginia. It’s a solar superstructure, a shell above an existing building, and is expected to provide 93 percent of the power needed to operate the Colonial Nissan Dealership in Charlottesville.

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