WMRA Daily 1/16/19

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The state Senate takes another step toward raising Virginia’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but even if passed it would take years… Virginia also gets a little closer to being the final state necessary to pass the Equal Rights Amendment… The partial government shutdown means those on food assistance will have to plan ahead even more than usual….

Anna Saunders

A monthly series on current events known as “Democracy in Peril?” took on the topic of the Equal Rights Amendment last night at James Madison University. WMRA’s Anna Saunders reports.

WMRA Daily 1/15/19

Jan 15, 2019

A Senate committee moves against so-called sanctuary cities, and also rejects a bill to expand the definition of hate crimes to protect gender and sexual identity… Will this be the year that Virginia raises the minimum wage, and passes the Equal Rights Amendment?... Timber harvests are at record levels in Virginia…

WMRA Daily 1/14/19

Jan 14, 2019

A weekend winter storms dumps a few inches of snow, but less than expected… That renamed post office honoring Humayan Khan in Charlottesville?  Congress didn’t even get that right, so they’ll have to correct that legislation… The General Assembly may again address the minimum wage, and a tiny fish called the menhaden….

WMRA Daily 1/11/19

Jan 11, 2019

The partial federal government shutdown is affecting national parks around the country, and local parks are no exception… As Virginia prepares for another major winter storm, forecasters at the National Weather Service in Wakefield are working without pay because of the shutdown… Delegate David Toscano from Charlottesville files a bill that would allow localities to decide the fates of any war memorials, including Confederate monuments….

Bridget Manley

The partial federal government shutdown is affecting national parks around the country, and local parks are no exception. WMRA’s Bridget Manley reports.

WMRA Daily 1/10/19

Jan 10, 2019

Virginia’s governor delivers his State of the Commonwealth, and gets applause from even some Republicans as he proposes decriminalizing marijuana… As the General Assembly convenes, many lawmakers are already eyeing November… A look at the port of Virginia, the fifth busiest in the nation….

WMRA Daily 1/9/19

Jan 9, 2019

Amid delays and strong opposition, the State Air Pollution Control Board unanimously approves a permit for the Buckingham Compressor Station as part of the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline… Are driver tolls the solution to I-81’s traffic woes?  The governor thinks so… State Republicans lose an argument in the U.S. Supreme Court over gerrymandering….

Andrew Jenner

Nearly four months into his new job leading the Harrisonburg Police Department, Chief Eric English hosted a town hall meeting on Monday night. Stressing the importance of partnering with the public, English plans to continue hosting similar events in the future.  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

WMRA Daily 1/8/19

Jan 8, 2019

An Ohio man is sentenced to just under four years in prison for his role in the beating of a black man the day of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville…  Harrisonburg’s new police chief holds a town hall-style meeting… The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the bay’s health has gotten a little worse….

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The beer landscape in America is quite different than it was just a decade ago, especially in Virginia, where hundreds of independent breweries are creating all sorts of unique brews from classic pilsners, pale ales and seasonal varieties.  Virginia beer expert, Lee Graves, has travelled the state to find the best brews in the commonwealth and he’ll share his beer knowledge at WMRA’s Books & Brews in Harrisonburg on Tuesday, January 8, and in Crozet on the 9th.  He spoke with WMRA’s Chris Boros.

WMRA Daily 1/7/19

Jan 7, 2019

Local residents step up to help keep Shenandoah National Park clean, as the partial federal shutdown enters its third week… Meanwhile, Virginia legislators get ready for their own potential budget stand-off in a narrowly divided General Assembly… Brand new Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton displays a transgender pride flag outside her Washington office….

WMRA Daily 1/4/19

Jan 4, 2019

A judge finds dangerous conditions at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women are not being addressed… One of the questions before this year’s General Assembly:  How much money should we spend to make schools safer?... We talk with Greg Verson, better known as Professah Blues, back with Blues Valley this weekend after a two-year hiatus….

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For 32 years, WMRA presented the best in blues Saturday nights with the Professah and Blues Valley.  After a two-year hiatus, the Professah is back tomorrow night (Saturday, January 5, 2019).  WMRA’s Chris Boros spoke with the blues master about his return to the airwaves.

The Housing Commission tackles the eviction crisis.  Congress accuses Rep. Garrett of ethics violations.  The General Assembly debates teacher salaries.  An Afton woman raises awareness by riding horseback along a controversial pipeline.

Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy and her horse recently completed riding the first 400 miles of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline route. The purpose was to bring awareness and attention to the intensely controversial project.  The pipeline would eventually carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia through Virginia, including Augusta and Nelson Counties.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler caught up with Murphy two days before the duo finally made it back home to their farm in Afton.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz (2017 file photo)

Harrisonburg’s city council has selected the city's new mayor - and she’s a familiar name.  WMRA’s Bridget Manley reports.

WMRA Daily 1/2/19

Jan 2, 2019

The public has less than a month to weigh in on proposed environmental regulations at a Northrop Grumman facility in Albemarle County… After heightened concerns over school safety since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, we explore why keeping kids safe in Virginia’s remote rural schools can be more difficult than protecting city and suburban schools….

WMRA Daily 01/01/2019

Jan 1, 2019

Another successful year for First Night celebrations, Charlottesville police officers quitting amid toxic climate, and the Medicaid expansion in Virginia means healthcare for thousands begins today.

This is the WMRA Daily for Tuesday,  January 1st.

WMRA Daily 12/31/2018

Dec 31, 2018

A portion of Skyline Drive has reopened, Charlottesville Police are asking for donations, and a Middlebrook resident is charged with animal cruelty.

This is the WMRA Daily for Monday, December 31st.

WMRA Daily 12/28/18

Dec 28, 2018

Virginia’s economy sluggish compared to the rest of the U.S., the General Assembly tackles marijuana legalization again, and the debate over funding increases for schools in the poorer areas of the state.

This is the WMRA Daily for Friday, December 28th.

WMRA Daily 12/27/18

Dec 27, 2018

Sports gambling in Virginia, the Medicaid expansion in Virginia, and a big bill for hurricane Florence for services that were barely used.

This is the WMRA Daily for Thursday, December 27th.

WMRA Daily 12/26/18

Dec 26, 2018

A Winchester murder suspect is on the run; Virginia has consumed a record amount of alcohol in 2018; and orphaned bear cubs are doing well in Waynesboro.

This is the WMRA Daily for Wednesday, December 26th.

WMRA Daily 12/24/18

Dec 24, 2018

Virginia is losing students.  Some marijuana retailers jump the gun.  For now, being in debt to the court won't cost you your license.

WMRA Daily 12/21/18

Dec 21, 2018

State Senator Mark Obenshain takes aim at a fellow Republican, over Bill Bolling’s controversial hiring by JMU… The population of children held at a controversial Valley detention center plunges since allegations of abuse there… Now that tens of thousands of Virginians will get health care under Medicaid expansion, will a work requirement for those benefits soon follow?

Bill Bolling

Just months after his term on the James Madison University Board of Visitors ended last summer, former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling began a six-figure job as a senior fellow in residence at JMU.  To State Sen. Mark Obenshain, that represents a clear conflict of interest.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.

Note: WMRA's operating license is held by JMU's board of visitors.

WMRA Daily 12/20/18

Dec 20, 2018

A vote over that controversial compressor station in Buckingham County has been delayed, another setback for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… The hot new thing among progressive politicians is refusing campaign cash from companies such as Dominion, the lead builder of the pipeline… We talk with the Times-Dispatch’s Patrick Wilson about his reporting on the controversial hiring of former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling at JMU….

WMRA Daily 12/19/18

Dec 19, 2018

Governor Northam presents his budget to the General Assembly, setting up January’s legislative session for a showdown over taxes and spending… The state’s Air Pollution Control Board will vote Wednesday on that controversial compressor station in Buckingham County… A group of Harrisonburg knitters gathers to create mats out of plastic bags for homeless people, and finds friendship along the way….

Bridget Manley

A group of knitters in the Valley is working together to create mats for homeless people – and make good use of plastic shopping bags.  WMRA’s Bridget Manley reports.

WMRA Daily 12/18/18

Dec 18, 2018

JMU’s President helps one of his former supervisors, a former lieutenant governor, get a high-paying job without a competitive search… Dominion and the builders of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline sue Nelson County over blocking construction there… We review Bob Goodlatte’s 26 years in Congress – he’s leaving after this term….