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WMRA Daily 6/7/18

Jun 7, 2018

Thursday is the day that Medicaid expansion becomes the law in Virginia… Legislators from Virginia continue their fight against Trump’s off-shore drilling plans... We preview the candidates for Congress in next Tuesday’s Virginia primary election….

WMRA Daily 6/6/18

Jun 6, 2018

Search crews find the remains of a woman swept away by flood waters near Ivy last week… Three Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters are arrested in West Virginia after chaining themselves to construction equipment… A look at the mixed picture for higher ed funding in the new state budget….

WMRA Daily 6/5/18

Jun 5, 2018

Rescue crews continue their search for a missing motorist nearly a week after last week's floods… The family of the unarmed, naked man shot by a Richmond police officer last month is now demanding reforms… We look back at the private endowment that created Winchester’s public school system….

WMRA Daily 6/4/18

Jun 4, 2018

Nelson County Distillery owner Denver Riggleman is Republicans’ choice for the 5th district…  Another woman is found dead after last week’s floods… In addition to Medicaid expansion, last week’s budget also features more money for teachers….

WMRA Daily 6/1/18

Jun 1, 2018

One person is dead due to flooding, and two others are missing after Thursday's storms in Virginia… The state Supreme Court rejects a challenge to Virginia’s 2011 redistricting… We follow a recent trip to Ghana to learn more about the slave trade, and how to better teach its history….

WMRA Daily 5/31/18

May 31, 2018

All it needs is the governor’s signature, and Medicaid expansion will be the law in Virginia… The Fifth District will have a new GOP nominee for Congress this weekend… A religious coalition in the Valley is fighting for local reform in the criminal justice system….

WMRA Daily 5/30/18

May 30, 2018

Virginia is on the verge of becoming the 33rd state to pass Medicaid expansion --- giving health insurance to 400,000 low-income Virginians… Several Republicans are showing interest in running for the Fifth District seat being vacated by Tom Garrett…. We meet the candidates running for the Sixth District seat that Bob Goodlatte is leaving….

WMRA Daily 5/29/18

May 29, 2018

Fifth District Republican Tom Garrett drops his re-election bid, and says he is struggling with alcoholism… The General Assembly returns to Richmond, and part of the budget may be more money for K-12 education….

WMRA Daily 5/28/18

May 28, 2018

Protests continue in Richmond over the police killing of an unarmed man… Another Charlottesville official is forced out in the wake of last August's violent white supremacist rally… That old sweater you’re no longer wearing just might make the world a better place….

WMRA Daily 5/25/18

May 25, 2018

Governor Northam is getting impatient with budget delays in the General Assembly… A new Virginia law that aims to help the self-employed get access to health care may run into a roadblock… And speaking of roadblocks, what’s up with those quirky electronic signs on Virginia’s Interstates?

WMRA Daily 5/24/18

May 24, 2018

Harrisonburg has no plans to collect recyclables at the curb again, so residents will have to throw it in the trash, or haul it away themselves… Harrisonburg is also a designated refugee resettlement area, but it’s seeing a lot fewer placements in the Trump era… Are house calls coming back?  As America ages, some experts say more doctors will be caring for patients in their homes….

WMRA Daily 5/23/18

May 23, 2018

Two toddlers have died in separate gun accidents in Virginia… A federal judge has sided with Gavin Grimm… We attend a time-honored scouting tradition, a pinewood derby race, raising awareness of local kids in single-family homes….

WMRA Daily 5/22/18

May 22, 2018

Charlottesville’s first African-American woman police chief takes office next month… A third man is guilty in the beating of DeAndre Harris… In Northeast Harrisonburg, a group is working to restore a house built by former slaves….

WMRA Daily 5/21/18

May 21, 2018

State Delegate Ben Cline is Republicans' choice to run for the seat Bob Goodlatte has held for 25 years... Washington & Lee University will keep Lee’s name, despite renewed controversy over the Confederate general… We take a look at the opioid crisis in Waynesboro, and how it reflects a statewide problem….

WMRA Daily 5/18/18

May 18, 2018

Two Nelson County residents are accused in the overdose deaths of a mother and daughter… A lawsuit claims that Virginia uses its "habitual drunkard" law to punish homeless alcoholics… Leaders in the House of Delegates are betting that by the time they convene next week, the Senate will have passed a budget, but what are the odds?

WMRA Daily 5/17/18

May 17, 2018

A federal agency says construction may go forward on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as long as the builders can explain how they’re protecting wildlife… Environmentalists beg to differ… We’ll have a look at the species they’re concerned about… Meanwhile, the Mountain Valley Pipeline is cited for erosion problems….

WMRA Daily 5/16/18

May 16, 2018

A federal appeals court halts construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but Dominion says they will keep building anyway... Charlottesville may hire an African-American woman as its next police chief, that would be a first… With no agreement on the budget in sight, Virginia’s Senate will meet next week to continue negotiations….

WMRA Daily 5/15/18

May 15, 2018

The number of homeless children and adults in the Valley is up...  Meanwhile, Virginians are giving less to charity than a few years ago…  The House passed a budget, now it’s the Senate’s turn, but will Medicaid expansion be part of the bargain for Virginians?

WMRA Daily 5/14/18

May 14, 2018

The brother of the accused school shooter in Parkland is moving to Staunton… Republicans in the House criticize Republicans in the Senate for foot-dragging on the state budget… Lawmakers are in Richmond this week to figure out what to do with decades of pollution from coal mining….

WMRA Daily 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

Mother-daughter anti-pipeline tree sitters visit supporters in Harrisonburg… A Rockingham County deputy is cleared of charges after shooting a suspect in Timberville… Health insurance premiums in Virginia could skyrocket next year….

WMRA Daily 5/10/18

May 10, 2018

A Baltimore KKK member will be allowed to leave Virginia while awaiting sentencing… Virginia’s attorney general sues a Madison service dog company… Three years after nearly shutting down, more students are showing interest in Sweet Briar College….

WMRA Daily 5/9/18

May 9, 2018

A KKK leader is sentenced for his role in last August’s violent rally in Charlottesville… Rockingham County deputies shot a man who fired at them…  Virginia begins to address its high eviction rate….

WMRA Daily 5/8/18

May 8, 2018

The mother-daughter pair of tree protesters recently forced out take their protest to Charlottesville… Nine months after a torch-lit white supremacist rally, UVa says anyone not affiliated with the university must get approval before speaking on campus…  State regulators reject Dominion’s renewable energy plan….

WMRA Daily 5/7/18

May 7, 2018

The governing body at Virginia’s largest university resolves to put a stop to the kind of faculty-hiring agreements recently discovered with the Koch Foundation…  A new study finds that most civil defendants go into Virginia’s general district courts without a lawyer, and they usually lose… A decade after the Great Recession, one economic indicator is still lagging behind….

WMRA Daily 5/4/18

May 4, 2018

A second man faces up to 20 years in prison for the beating of DeAndre Harris… As the NRA meets in Dallas, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia hold their task force on gun safety this weekend… For the first time, the number of lobbyists in Virginia politics has topped 1,000….

WMRA Daily 5/3/18

May 3, 2018

One GOP candidate vying to replace Bob Goodlatte has filed a federal election complaint against one of his rivals for the nomination… Virginia’s attorney general says one in five Virginians may have been affected by the big privacy breach at Facebook… One Harrisonburg clinic fills the gap in prenatal care for anyone who needs the service, regardless of insurance coverage….

WMRA Daily 5/2/18

May 2, 2018

The man charged in the beating of DeAndre Harris during last August’s violent rally in Charlottesville has been found guilty… Dominion says it will generate more solar power in the coming years… And the governor’s office says Virginia will continue to protect the public from coal ash, even as the EPA rolls back its regulations….

WMRA Daily 5/1/18

May 1, 2018

Absentee voting has begun in Virginia leading up to the June primary election… Your local public radio station is still here, but local newspapers across the Old Dominion are shutting down… We wrap up our series on autism with a look at the challenges of parenting a child with autism, on a very limited budget….

WMRA Daily 4/30/18

Apr 30, 2018

The organizer of last summer’s white supremacist rally defends himself against a U-V-A ban, as students rally against him… state environmental officials open up a comment period for the public to weigh in, again, on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines….

A Kessler encounter prompts a change in policy at UVA.  The state urges residents to start preparing for hurricanes.  A UVA student’s death leads to an international lawsuit.

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