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WMRA Daily 12/20/17

Dec 20, 2017

One vote – one ballot – made the difference in one House of Delegates race, and that one vote means a change in the balance of power in the chamber, pending certification by a three-judge panel… Also, Charlottesville honors Heather Heyer, killed during a peaceful counter-protest on August 12th….

WMRA Daily 12/19/17

Dec 19, 2017

Charlottesville’s Police Chief resigns after less than two years on the job, and less than a month after a report harshly criticized his leadership after a violent summer in Charlottesville… Also, outgoing Governor McAuliffe releases his final budget proposal… as election officials comb through a handful of results with control over the House of Delegates hanging in the balance….

WMRA Daily 12/18/17

Dec 18, 2017

One of the marchers with a white supremacist rally on August 12th who punched counter-protesters is going to jail…  Gov. McAuliffe leaves office with a record budget surplus for Virginia… And yet, more people are moving out of Virginia than moving in….

WMRA Daily 12/15/17

Dec 15, 2017

The charge against the man accused of killing Heather Heyer has been upgraded to first-degree murder… As members of Congress debate mandating sexual harassment training for themselves, some experts question the effectiveness of such training… and, in part 2 of our report on conditions at a detention facility near Staunton, we look at how unaccompanied immigrant children there are coping….

WMRA Daily 12/14/17

Dec 14, 2017

Anti-pipeline activists try to make sense of recent rulings by state regulators… the alleged killer of Heather Heyer is in court today for a preliminary hearing for second-degree murder… and, a lawsuit cites inhumane conditions for refugee children detained at a facility near Stanton….

WMRA Daily 12/13/17

Dec 13, 2017

Dominion will have to wait before beginning construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline…  a new study says winter road salt may pose more of a threat to the environment than we thought… and, there’s a program in Charlottesville to help cops afford to live in the high-cost city….

WMRA Daily 12/12/17

Dec 12, 2017

The state’s water control board meets to decide on approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… Charlottesville denies a request for another white supremacist rally next year… and, Governor McAuliffe announces measures to address Virginia’s severe teacher shortage….

WMRA Daily 12/11/17

Dec 11, 2017

Harrisonburg residents braved the snow and cold Saturday to protest Republican tax plans… DuPont will pay millions to restore contaminated land around the South River through Waynesboro… and, state Republicans meet for their annual summit in Bath County, and try to figure out what went wrong for them in November….

WMRA Daily 12/8/17

Dec 8, 2017

The state’s water control board approves the Mountain Valley Pipeline through southwestern Virginia, and they’ll decide on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline early next week… how Virginia taxpayers are going to take a hit if the tax bill in Congress becomes law… and, we tour a tiny monument to Harriet Tubman in Harrisonburg….

WMRA Daily 12/7/17

Dec 7, 2017

Another report is released on Charlottesville’s response on August 12th… Democrats say their gains on Election Day mean more gun regulations are on the way… And, a new tax bill in Congress could affect education funding in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 12/6/17

Dec 6, 2017

Election officials prepare for recounts in several House of Delegates races, and the outcome will determine which party has the majority… Invisibilia producer Lulu Miller trains her eye on the history of eugenics in Virginia… and, many say the teacher shortage in Virginia is now a crisis….

WMRA Daily 12/5/17

Dec 5, 2017

Charlottesville citizens react angrily to the presentation of a report on the city and police response to August 12th… the U.S. Supreme Court lets Trump’s Muslim travel ban go forward, but one of the challenges to that policy will be heard this Friday in Richmond….

WMRA Daily 12/4/17

Dec 4, 2017

A report criticizes police response to violent rallies in Charlottesville over the summer, citing poor communication and a lack of preparation… meanwhile, other efforts are underway to limit the display and use of weapons at such public events… and, pipeline opponents stage one final protest….

WMRA Daily 12/1/17

Dec 1, 2017

Authorities have rescued hundreds of animals – chickens, goats, rabbits and more – from deadly overcrowded conditions at a farm in Louisa County… Governor-elect Ralph Northam tries to set a bipartisan tone for next year’s legislative session… and, should private attempts to help feral cats be more closely regulated?

WMRA Daily 11/30/17

Nov 30, 2017

An eagerly-awaited report will be presented in the coming days on Charlottesville’s handling of recent rallies and violence by white supremacists there, as the man who organized one of those rallies files an application for another rally next summer… and, we have a look at the latest frontier in political campaigns – texting.

WMRA Daily 11/29/17

Nov 29, 2017

A UVa English professor accused of sexual harassment remains in his job, for now, as the university investigates…  Senator Mark Warner urges Republicans in Congress to work with Democrats on a bipartisan tax bill that won’t increase the debt… and, what is Virginia doing as thousands of children and pregnant women face losing health insurance, if Congress doesn’t renew the CHIP program?

WMRA Daily 11/28/17

Nov 28, 2017

It looks like Republicans will keep a slim majority in the House of Delegates, as Virginia election officials get close to certifying results in one controversial race… and, researchers at UVa believe they have made a major discovery in the battle against blindness….

WMRA Daily 11/27/17

Nov 27, 2017

Sexual harassment charges have now been publicly aired against a professor at UVa… the opioid crisis gets attention from Trump, but Democrats say not enough… and, Virginia’s economy is still recovering from the Great Recession….

WMRA Daily 11/24/17

Nov 24, 2017

How the opioid crisis is affecting Virginia’s economy, and luring Hollywood to the Commonwealth.

WMRA Daily 11/22/17

Nov 22, 2017

Charlottesville-area water authorities have lifted water restrictions… the Park Service is giving citizens more time to comment on increases that would nearly triple the entrance fees at Shenandoah National Park and others… and, Harrisonburg gets ready to welcome, but tax, Airbnb….

WMRA Daily 11/21/17

Nov 21, 2017

Education and the Freedom of Information Act are among the subjects of the first bills being proposed in next year’s General Assembly… even while the outcome of two key House of Delegates races, and control of the chamber, is still in doubt… and, a task force tries to find out what went wrong in Charlottesville on August 12th….

WMRA Daily 11/20/17

Nov 20, 2017

Meanwhile, Republicans have elected their House leadership team, even as Democrats hold hope that they can flip control of the chamber in three close races….

WMRA Daily 11/17/17

Nov 17, 2017

Virginia may become the first Southern state to regulate carbon emissions with a cap-and-trade program… Virginia’s board of education has issued new rules for evaluating schools and students…and, Saturday is National Adoption Day….

WMRA Daily 11/16/17

Nov 16, 2017

Harrisonburg’s public television station (no relation to WMRA public radio) is merging with Richmond’s public broadcasting company… the town of Mt. Jackson is joining in the effort to save a scenic, wild area nearby known as “The Knob”… and, the fight over control of the House of Delegates is now centered in Fredericksburg….

WMRA Daily 11/15/17

Nov 15, 2017

Hillary Clinton Tuesday wrapped up this week’s Women’s Global Leadership forum at UVa… among the topics, women in office, and we have a look at Virginia’s increasingly female legislature… and, what was it like behind the scenes in the campaigns for governor?

WMRA Daily 11/14/17

Nov 14, 2017

Virginia Republicans try to figure out what went wrong for them in last week’s elections, as election officials continue to determine who won a few races that are still too close to call… and, we’ve got an audio tapestry of a local tribute to the late Leonard Cohen, that took place last weekend at Pale Fire in Harrisonburg….

WMRA Daily 11/13/17

Nov 13, 2017

Tuition is going up next year for incoming JMU freshmen… a survey finds that many minority voters last week were motivated by the rise of white supremacy… and that helped lead to a statewide Democratic sweep, and we’ll see how some of the Republicans whom voters fired are taking it….

WMRA Daily 11/10/17

Nov 10, 2017

After a big week for Democrats in Virginia, longtime sixth district Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he’ll retire after his current term expires… we profile the new lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax… and, we take a look at the wrangling over what to do about overcrowding at Harrisonburg High School….

Two days after the election, a few house races remain contested, and the outcomes of those races could make all the difference in a possible shift in the power balance in Richmond. But while we wait for the recount, Governor-elect Ralph Northam is wasting no time in setting the tone for the next term...

WMRA Daily 11/8/17

Nov 8, 2017

A big day for Democrats in Virginia yesterday, as the party sweeps statewide races… control of the House of Delegates will come down to a few races that were too close to call early Wednesday morning… but, in the WMRA region, Republican incumbents in the House of Delegates all beat back their challengers….

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