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WMRA Daily 8/13/18

Aug 13, 2018

Court rulings against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and now an order by the main federal regulator to stop construction...  It was mostly peaceful in Charlottesville over the anniversary weekend – we have reports from the city and the UVa grounds….

WMRA Daily 8/10/18

Aug 10, 2018

A federal court says time is running out for state Republicans to redraw the state’s legislative map… Charlottesville is forgiving more than $80,000 loaned to its former city manager… Meanwhile, the city’s residents, students and businesses are preparing for a weekend anniversary of violence….

WMRA Daily 8/9/18

Aug 9, 2018

A Harrisonburg woman and her granddaughter are still missing… Governor Northam and the city of Charlottesville declare states of emergency leading up to this weekend’s anniversary… We take a deep look at preparations in Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 8/8/18

Aug 8, 2018

A medical college is assessing how Virginia’s Medicaid expansion will work for hospitals, insurers -- and patients… New industrial jobs are coming to the Valley… Dominion plans a new wind energy project off Virginia’s coast….

WMRA Daily 8/7/18

Aug 7, 2018

Another federal appeals court ruling, another victory for environmentalists, this time over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… Anger erupts among city council members in Charlottesville over planning for the violent rally anniversary, and again over the hiring of an interim city manager… Also, a look at tuition for college – it’s going up again in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 8/6/18

Aug 6, 2018

An 82-year-old Winchester man faces charges after allegedly assaulting officers and using a racial slur… Federal regulators have ordered a stop to a small stretch of the Mountain Valley Pipeline… The good news about last week's tornado in Charlottesville was that nobody got injured. The bad news is that nobody predicted it….

WMRA Daily 8/3/18

Aug 3, 2018

The weather gets dangerous, as a small tornado touches down in Albemarle County and parts of Lynchburg are evacuated for fear of a dam failure… Virginia’s Attorney General vows to fight Trump administration plans freeze fuel-efficiency requirements… One of our Books & Brews authors has again put her journalism skills to work on a true story that reads like a novel – a look at “Dopesick” by Beth Macy.

WMRA Daily 8/2/18

Aug 2, 2018

A federal court rules in favor of the Mountain Valley Pipeline over environmental concerns about threats to waterways… A Madison County yoga teacher wants to unseat state Senator Emmett Hanger next year… If you want to see a bald eagle released into the wild, today is your chance.

WMRA Daily 8/1/18

Aug 1, 2018

Harrisonburg's new police chief is the first African-American to take the job…  But there’s still much room for improvement in employment rates for African-Americans in the Commonwealth… We take a look at a university-sponsored camp for the children of parents with cancer….

WMRA Daily 7/31/18

Jul 31, 2018

Two U-V-A historians resign from the Miller Center over its hiring of a former Trump official… Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are celebrating a court ruling, but what happens next?... Virginia’s attorney general joins an effort to stop the publication of blueprints for 3-D printable guns….

WMRA Daily 7/30/18

Jul 30, 2018

A federal court is siding with environmental groups challenging the Mountain Valley Pipeline… Virginians who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are about to see yet another increase to their premiums… A Charlottesville non-profit will offer non-violence training on the eve of the anniversary of last year's white supremacist rally….

WMRA Daily 7/27/18

Jul 27, 2018

Charlottesville and U-V-A prepare for an unwelcome anniversary in August… Charlottesville’s city council erupts in controversy over the hiring of an interim city manager, and the main candidate has withdrawn himself from consideration… If you enjoy camping and you oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, you can combine those two interests in Bath County….

WMRA Daily 7/26/18

Jul 26, 2018

A lumber company employee in Crozet dies after being injured on the job…. The Mountain Valley Pipeline builders win an eminent domain ruling over landowners, but environmental regulators are again citing the pipeline for erosion violations… Save the Name, or Change the Name?  We look at the fight over Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton….

WMRA Daily 7/25/18

Jul 25, 2018

Jason Kessler suddenly withdraws his case against Charlottesville, and says he’ll plan a so-called “white rights” rally in D.C. in August… A Mennonite missionary from Stuarts Draft is sentenced for having sexual relations with a child in Haiti… Is Virginia being too aggressive in purging voter rolls?

WMRA Daily 7/24/18

Jul 24, 2018

Local schools are getting more state money to hire security officers, in the wake of several mass shootings in schools around the country… Jason Kessler fights in court for the right to hold a rally on the anniversary of last year’s violence in Charlottesville… The leading expert on the monarch butterfly has died in his home in Nelson County – he was a professor at Sweet Briar College….

WMRA Daily 7/23/18

Jul 23, 2018

Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart meet in Bath County for their first debate… A white supremacist pleads guilty to charges related to last August's torch-lit rally on the UVa grounds, and he will not be welcome in Virginia for five years... Many at UVa are opposed to the hiring of a former Trump advisor….

Should a School Resource Officer handle a mental health crisis? Are new coal ash rules good for the Chesapeake Bay? Can diet prevent autism? What kind of debate can we expect in Kaine vs Stewart?  

White supremacist Cantwell is too chatty for prosecutors.  Manufactured homes: an affordable option, but legal protections are weak.  Manafort’s lawyers want fewer liberals in the jury pool.  A Virginia congressman warns that the navy is undersourced and overstretched.

The Attorney General goes after fox pens. The legislature moves to protect Virginians from surprise medical bills. UVA finds low confidence in elections. Construction is underway to commemorate historic but unsung women of Virginia.

Republicans focus on mental health for school safety.  Overdoses surge in Harrisonburg.  Charlottesville renames two parks – again.

The AG wants an abortion lawsuit tossed.  The state wants you to raise bees.  Virginia Tech freshman are more diverse than ever.  The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center draws intense scrutiny.

Kessler discourages armed rallies.  Invading plant causes major burns.  Medicaid doctors are abundant…or are they?  The state is flush, with help from the lottery, but what about schools?  Virginia folk culture: preserved and on display at Highland.

The Virginia House looks for school safety solutions.  The lottery wins big.  ICE wants to  hurry up in Bowling Green.  Senator Warner wants answers on SVJC.

It’s getting harder to eavesdrop on the police. A donation gets confederate leaders off three schools. DEQ dings Mountain Valley. Virginia Tech commemorates a fallen graduate.

A phone scam tries to scare you into paying up.  The Klan is recruiting in the north.  Kids get access to meals this summer.  A Charlottesville car dealer goes solar.

A helicopter crashes in Williamsburg.  The victim of a holiday accident is found.  History gets preserved. A local lynching victim is the focus of a pilgrimage.

WMRA Daily 7/6/18

Jul 6, 2018

The Ohio man accused of federal hate crimes for driving through a crowd in Charlottesville pleads not guilty… Virginia’s farmers are worried about Chinese retaliation for Trump’s tariffs… Virginia’s honeybee numbers are sharply down after a rough winter….

WMRA Daily 7/5/18

Jul 5, 2018

Dozens of people from 35 countries are new citizens, after Monticello’s annual Independence Day naturalization ceremony… A Verona woman is dead after being struck by a car, and the driver is charged with DUI… Is Virginia’s safety net crumbling?

WMRA Daily 7/4/18

Jul 4, 2018

The class-action lawsuit against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center may be delayed, as lawyers try to add a fourth teen to the suit….  A look at the new law limiting school suspensions in Virginia… Who is funding the candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia – and why?

WMRA Daily 7/3/18

Jul 3, 2018

The Ohio man accused of killing Heather Heyer and driving a car into a crowd of protesters on August 12th in Charlottesville appears in court this week… Harrisonburg city council announces the location of the new high school, on the south side of town, but it won’t open for another five years… We confront Virginia’s slave-owning and slave-trading past, with a walk along the Richmond Slave Trail….