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WMRA Daily 9/25/18

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Waynesboro City Council has voted to allow the city to sue opioid manufacturers… Women who visit inmates at Virginia prisons will be barred from wearing tampons or menstrual cups, over concerns about contraband…  Jennifer Lewis challenges Ben Cline to one more debate….

Macular degeneration may not get as much attention as Alzheimer's disease or breast cancer, but nearly one-third of people over 80 are affected by it. One physician at the UVa School of Medicine says they may have found a cure. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 9/24/18

Sep 24, 2018

Richmond rejects a rural school district’s application to arm teachers in school… Have UVa researchers found a cure for macular degeneration?... We visit one resort in Bath County with a mission to save the land and water around it….

WMRA Daily 9/21/18

Sep 21, 2018

It’s voting season in Virginia -- absentee voting for the November elections begins today… Candidates for the competitive 5th Congressional District meet in rural Madison County for a debate… The price tag for state police on the August 12th anniversary in Charlottesville – more than $3 million….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Last year DuPont agreed to pay about $50 million to fund projects restoring natural habitat around the South River in Waynesboro. The projects address contamination caused by mercury released into the soil, and the river, by DuPont for decades.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz takes a look at the early stages of restoration.

WMRA Daily 9/20/18

Sep 20, 2018

Meteorologists confirm that Florence spawned eight tornadoes in Virginia on Monday, most of them around Richmond… A judge in West Virginia orders a temporary halt to construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline there… DuPont is committed to $50 million in restoration projects because of mercury pollution in Waynesboro – we’ll take a look at some of the projects….

Angie Gunter

Charlottesville was spared from the worst of Hurricane Florence, but the community is trying to do its share to help out neighbors who were less lucky. As WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini reports, Charlottesville’s SPCA is helping out some four-legged friends in North Carolina.

WMRA Daily 9/19/18

Sep 19, 2018

A second person is dead from the effects of Florence, swept away by flash flooding in Louisa County… The Charlottesville SPCA helps out some stranded four-legged victims of Florence in North Carolina… Virginia’s coal industry is in free-fall….

WMRA Daily 9/18/18

Sep 18, 2018

Federal officials say construction may resume on the Atlantic Coast pipeline… A Florence-related tornado kills one person near Richmond… Sixth District candidates Cline and Lewis meet in their first debate….

Jessie Knadler

Middlebrook General Store has been serving farming families in Augusta County on and off since 1901.  But in August, the iconic hub of this tiny village closed its doors for good. Jessie Knadler has more.

Heavy rain from Tropical Depression Florence is moving through Virginia. This resource will give you the status of power outages as they occur.

WMRA Daily 9/17/18

Sep 17, 2018

What remains of Florence hits our area, and the threat from flash flooding is real… The University of Virginia's new president says he's concerned about underpaid staff, but will UVA workers see a living wage anytime soon?... The Middlebrook General Store finally closes its doors….

WMRA Daily 9/14/18

Sep 14, 2018

Shelter in place, says Governor Ralph Northam as Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina… We hope you’re ready for the storm, but we also take a look at some research that shows we’re not that good at preparing… Ten years after the Great Recession began, Virginians’ incomes have finally recovered, sort of….

WMRA Daily 9/13/18

Sep 13, 2018

Dominion gets a judicial pass after dumping arsenic into the water… State Republicans say they still plan to obey a court order and redraw gerrymandered districts… Hurricane Florence weakens, and shifts – we have the latest….

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Governor Ralph Northam's office released the following statement regarding preparation for Hurricane Florence...

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The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to take the place of Justice Anthony Kennedy was the subject of a forum at the Miller Center yesterday.  Supreme Court expert Barbara Perry talked about the makeup of the new court with UVA law professors Saikrishna Prakash and Micah Schwartzman. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 9/12/18

Sep 12, 2018

Federal and state emergencies declared in advance of Florence, and some local governments have declared states of emergency, too… Both of Virginia’s senators say they will vote “no” on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court… We meet a longtime civil rights activist – now a climate change activist – who says the two struggles are one and the same….

Nearly 60 years ago, Gerald Durley became a young civil rights activist. Today, he’s a climate activist – and his core message is that the two struggles are one in the same. Durley will give a free, public talk Monday evening, Sept. 17, at JMU, entitled “Race, Faith and Climate Change: How Global Warming is a Civil Rights Issue.” WMRA’s Andrew Jenner has this story.

WMRA Daily 9/11/18

Sep 11, 2018

Governor Northam orders a mandatory evacuation of parts of Eastern Virginia, as Hurricane Florence gets closer... Opponents of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Buckingham County expect a strong showing at a public hearing… A watchdog agency says Virginia’s elections systems have problems – will they be ready for November?

Virginia Department of Health

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

Cville Pride

Preview events for the seventh annual Charlottesville Pride Festival began over the weekend.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

There’s a honkytonk bar outside of Winchester, VA, that defines rural America, country music, and old time tradition.  It’s called The Troubadour Lounge and was owned by Jim McCoy, a local country music legend who was the first radio DJ to play Patsy Cline on the air.  When author John Lingan went there to find Jim what he found was a town searching for itself.  John’s book

WMRA Daily 9/10/18

Sep 10, 2018

Two Charlottesville officers and a suspect have been injured in a gun fight…. Governor Ralph Northam declares a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast... The Charlottesville PRIDE festival is getting underway – we have a preview….

Wildlife Center of Virginia

Virginia biologists have their eyes on a number of problems in the state, such as giant hogweed and Chronic Wasting Disease in deer. Another problem on the rise – mange in black bears – might have a new treatment, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

More than 50 years ago, race riots swept across the United States during what became known as the “long, hot summer of 1967.” Historian Steve Gillon spoke at the Miller Center in Charlottesville Thursday to discuss his new book about the Kerner Commission and the investigation into the unrest. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 9/7/18

Sep 7, 2018

The bodies of a missing Harrisonburg girl and her grandmother have been found, ending a month-long search…  A historian looks back at the Kerner commission after the summer of riots in 1967… Virginia biologists have their eyes on a number of problems in the state, including mange in black bears – but they may have a new solution….

WMRA Daily 9/6/18

Sep 6, 2018

More tree stands go up in southwest Virginia, protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline… The man who punched Jason Kessler gets punished – he’ll have to pay a $1 fine… A hospital in Augusta County finds that locally-grown food can be the best medicine….

Augusta Health

Hospital food gets a bad rap, but Augusta Health in Fishersville is trying to change that. The hospital has harvested roughly 10,000 pounds of fresh produce so far this year from an on-site farm. It’s part of an initiative to improve the quality of food inside the hospital and raise awareness that good nutrition is the best medicine.   WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

WMRA Daily 9/5/18

Sep 5, 2018

Sixth District candidates agree to two debates this fall… A national non-profit weighs in against two Confederate statues in Charlottesville… UVa says it will spend more money to honor the enslaved people who helped build and maintain the school….

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