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WMRA Daily 4/4/18

Apr 4, 2018

Valley activists say they are carrying on MLK’s work by supporting local poultry workers…  State regulators question whether the big electric utility overhaul passed by lawmakers this year is constitutional… UVa researchers learn more about why some babies and not others die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome….

WMRA Daily 4/3/18

Apr 3, 2018

Senator Tim Kaine kicks off his re-election campaign this week, with appearances around the state… A massive Confederate battle flag appears near Interstate 64 outside Charlottesville… A Virginia Tech administrator who marched with Martin Luther King,  Jr. remembers him, 50 years after his death….

WMRA Daily 4/2/18

Apr 2, 2018

Democratic Senator Mark Warner changes his position on guns, now calling for restrictions on assault-style guns and ammunition magazines…  The Library of Virginia is way behind in cataloging documents, and is failing to answer Freedom of Information requests…  A “place-based” education advocate visits JMU….

WMRA Daily 3/30/18

Mar 30, 2018

In a blow to Dominion, Virginia’s highest court says big electric users can shop around for renewable energy… Since Trump took office, federal efforts to crack down on predatory lending have all but ended… And we kick off our month-long series on autism, with a look at new approaches to treating children with the condition….

WMRA Daily 3/29/18

Mar 29, 2018

A proposed new green space park near Harrisonburg’s farmer’s market takes another step forward… Federal regulators deny a request by Atlantic Coast Pipeline builders for more time to cut down trees… And, a new UVa study reveals the disparities of wealth and income across Virginia….

WMRA Daily 3/28/18

Mar 28, 2018

The former chief of police for a small town in Augusta County has been relieved of duty for allegedly stealing Hydrocodone… Charlottesville housing officials get some help from their counterparts in Harrisonburg… And, environmentalists demand that Governor Northam call for a more stringent environmental review for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines….

WMRA Daily 3/27/18

Mar 27, 2018

Two men are sentenced to jail time for repeatedly removing the black tarps covering Confederate monuments in Charlottesville… UVa researchers begin testing a drug that they hope will save the lives of many lung transplant recipients… And a group in central Virginia declares war on non-native plants, and wants to recruit you and your neighbors in the battle….

WMRA Daily 3/26/18

Mar 26, 2018

A head-on collision in Winchester kills two people… UVa prepares to host a debate featuring the Republican candidates to challenge Senator Tim Kaine… And, new ballot rules from the state board of elections, hoping to avoid another confusing election like 2017’s….

WMRA Daily 3/23/18

Mar 23, 2018

An inmate sues over prison food… Policymakers debate whether new Virginia laws encouraging teaching colleges to produce teachers in four years instead of five or six are actually a good idea… And, is gambling money making its way into Virginia schools?

WMRA Daily 3/22/18

Mar 22, 2018

Governor Northam’s budget throws down a Medicaid challenge to the General Assembly… Local governments are pressing the governor to make major changes to a new cell tower bill… The perjury charge against white nationalist Jason Kessler has been dismissed….

WMRA Daily 3/21/18

Mar 21, 2018

Governor Northam is set to kickstart negotiations with state lawmakers today over the budget, in advance of their reconvening in April… A federal appeals court hears arguments over pollution from coal ash in the Hampton area… And rural areas in Virginia are losing population, but what does that mean for the state?

WMRA Daily 3/20/18

Mar 20, 2018

Home prices are climbing in Virginia… One of the few bills Governor Northam has rejected was a proposal from Harrisonburg Senator Mark Obenshain to cap lawyer’s fees… And we have profiles of the Democrats vying to unseat Republican 5th District Representative Tom Garrett….

WMRA Daily 3/19/18

Mar 19, 2018

Two of the main Republican contenders to challenge Democrat Tim Kaine met in a debate over the weekend… Charlottesville will begin streaming city council meetings live on Facebook, part of the city’s new effort to be more transparent in its public business… And, award-winning author Sam Quinones discusses the origins America’s opiate epidemic….

WMRA Daily 3/16/18

Mar 16, 2018

A poll of Virginia teachers finds strong opposition to arming school staff…  State election officials are working on better instructions for voters to avoid the kind of problems that happened last November…  And, thanks to a state grant, a new welding school in Buena Vista is helping to close a critical shortage of skilled welders across the country….

WMRA Daily 3/15/18

Mar 15, 2018

High school, and some college, students around Virginia walk out to protest gun violence on Wednesday… For the time being, if you live in Harrisonburg and you want your household recyclables taken care of, you’ll have to haul them in yourself – the city isn’t doing it for you… And, the United Way in Harrisonburg fosters a community conversation about those just above the poverty level….

WMRA Daily 3/14/18

Mar 14, 2018

Governor Northam sets April 11th for the General Assembly to return to session and settle on a budget… a former State Department official sues right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over attacks stemming from the violence of August 12th in Charlottesville… and, is the small city of Buena Vista poised for a comeback?

WMRA Daily 3/13/18

Mar 13, 2018

Governor Northam gets to work on what the General Assembly has sent him so far, and he has a lot of decisions to make… U-V-A’s next president will start his job earlier than expected… and, we check in with local schools participating in Wednesday’s national school walkout, in their own way….

WMRA Daily 3/12/18

Mar 12, 2018

Marchers in Harrisonburg mark International Women’s Day… the General Assembly adjourns its regular session, and now the clock is ticking to agree on a budget before July 1st… One point of agreement – a new law that could actually raise your electric bill….

WMRA Daily 3/9/18

Mar 9, 2018

The General Assembly adjourns on Saturday, without agreement on a budget, with a wide gulf remaining over expansion of Medicaid… In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting, the House Speaker forms a committee on school safety, but no legislation until next year… And, what it means for six native tribes in Virginia, finally recognized by the federal government….

WMRA Daily 3/8/18

Mar 8, 2018

The lead organizer for last August’s violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is suing the city for not letting him do it again… Lawmakers get ready to leave Richmond, with the state’s budget and Medicaid expansion still unresolved… And, the state will soon require parents to strap their small children into rear-facing car seats….

WMRA Daily 3/7/18

Mar 7, 2018

Harrisonburg and Winchester’s daily newspapers are changing hands in a sale announced Tuesday…  The state Senate passes a bill against so-called “sanctuary cities”… And we have some guidelines for how to approach, and best help, panhandlers….

WMRA Daily 3/6/18

Mar 6, 2018

Charges are dropped against a Charlottesville woman for confronting the Ku Klux Klan during their rally on July 8th… while Congress fiddles on DACA, Virginia state legislators are also refusing to act on the Dreamers’ access to in-state tuition… and, we follow the production of biomedical inventions, from idea to the marketplace, and how UVa helps the whole process along….

WMRA Daily 3/5/18

Mar 5, 2018

Tim Kaine is favored by Virginians to retain his Senate seat this year over any Republican challengers, and a majority strongly disapproves of President Trump, in a poll released Monday… The taint of Harvey Weinstein has reached the University of Virginia… and, Virginia Democrats are renaming their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner….

WMRA Daily 3/2/18

Mar 2, 2018

One Virginia Republican congressman says he’s not responsible for controversial Twitter activity… the Virginia General Assembly begins to wrap up work for its official session, as the state’s Supreme Court issues several rulings… And, this weekend the city of Charlottesville and UVa will mark the 153rd anniversary of Liberation Day in Charlottesville, when Union troops ended the war there….

WMRA Daily 3/1/18

Mar 1, 2018

Charlottesville suffers defeats in the wake of last August’s violence, including the failure of all the resulting bills the city advocated for in the General Assembly regarding guns and crowd control, and the city has been forced to remove the black shrouds covering two Jim Crow-era monuments… Meanwhile, a bill barring so-called “sanctuary cities” in Virginia advances….

WMRA Daily 2/28/18

Feb 28, 2018

A judge orders the tarps covering two Civil War statues in Charlottesville be removed, even as the city tries to get rid of the statues… a prominent local leader of the movement to protect the Dreamers discusses DACA, and what it’s meant for her, at JMU… and, even as West Virginia teachers continue their strike, Virginia’s lawmakers are still divided over a teacher pay raise….

WMRA Daily 2/27/18

Feb 27, 2018

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke fights a subpoena related to last August’s violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville… State lawmakers pass a big utility re-regulation bill that critics say could hike your electric bill in the future… And, Virginia’s distillers may get a break with a bill written by someone who also happens to own a distillery….

WMRA Daily 2/26/18

Feb 26, 2018

Charlottesville residents explore how a different form of government might work – reverting to being a town instead of a city, creating a ward system, that sort of thing – in the second of two public sessions… A utility regulation bill that could soon affect your electric bill continues to make progress in the General Assembly… As does another measure to keep schools from shaming students if they can’t pay for lunch…

WMRA Daily 2/23/18

Feb 23, 2018

The General Assembly votes down one option for improving Interstate 81… Meanwhile, both chambers must agree on budget numbers, but they’re still half a billion dollars apart… And Medicaid expansion is still uncertain….

WMRA Daily 2/22/18

Feb 22, 2018

UVa says hundreds of patients’ medical records were hacked in 2015 and 2016… Lawmakers in Richmond are trying to balance the books, but the numbers aren’t adding up, not yet… And, just when you think you’ve gotten used to stink bugs, there’s a new invasive insect species in town….

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