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The Harrisonburg/Rockingham Community Criminal Justice Board is meeting Monday night [Oct. 15, 2018], and several local groups are joining for a “March for Criminal Justice Reform” that will end at that meeting. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 10/12/18

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Michael spawned at least one tornado as it churned through Virginia as a tropical storm, and there were still flood warnings on Friday morning… Is the 5th District, covering a big area including Charlottesville, competitive this year?...  A Harrisonburg criminal justice board meets next week, and community activists intend to make their voices heard in favor of reforms….

WMRA Daily 10/11/18

Oct 11, 2018

The remnants of Michael come to Virginia, and as with Florence, we’re watching the threat of flooding and tornadoes…  A federal grand jury has indicted four California men on charges in connection with the 2017 rallies in Charlottesville...  We take a look at the third-party candidate for Senate you probably haven’t heard of, plus a look at the down-ballot effect of Corey Stewart’s campaign….

WMRA Daily 10/10/18

Oct 10, 2018

The motorcyclist killed early Monday on I-81 was not wearing a helmet as required by state law – state police identified him Tuesday… Staunton residents may now vote online to help rename the city's public high school… Halloween approaches, so we have a preview of some local haunt and scare providers….

Marguerite Gallorini

María Chavalan is from a persecuted ethnic group in Guatemala. She fled to the U-S in 2015.  Now, ICE is pressuring her to buy a ticket back to Guatemala, but she is pleading her case in court, and seeking sanctuary in a church in Charlottesville. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini attended her press conference yesterday.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Yesterday at James Madison University, as part of its “Democracy in Peril?” forum about current politics, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor addressed approximately 75 people, many of them students, gathered in James Madison Hall. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 10/9/18

Oct 9, 2018

Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton will get a new name – we don’t know what yet, but it will no longer be named after the Confederacy’s commanding general… A woman from Guatemala seeks sanctuary in a church in Charlottesville… Former Republican leader Eric Cantor pays a visit to JMU….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

It’s October, the season for haunted houses and chills and frights. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz talked with some area scare providers and filed this report – and just a word of caution: this includes some scary sounds.

WMRA Daily 10/8/18

Oct 8, 2018

More delays for the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia...  Got mosquito bites?  Virginia health officials have identified a record number of human West Nile virus cases in the state this year...  We talk with author William Geroux about the unusual sacrifice made by families in Matthews, Virginia during World War II – Geroux is this month’s Books & Brews featured author….

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Families in Matthews, Virginia, sacrificed much during World War Two when a large group of sea captains from the town were sent to help with the war efforts.  Author William Geroux chronicles the heroic story of one Matthews’ family whose seven merchant mariner sons suddenly found themselves in the cross-hairs of Hitler’s U-boats.  

Marguerite Gallorini

This week was “Farm to School” week in all nine city schools of Charlottesville.  The aim was to promote local agriculture and produce in schools and to get children interested in eating healthy.  On Thursday, Delegate David Toscano and Virginia’s Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visited Venable Elementary School. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this story.

WMRA Daily 10/5/18

Oct 5, 2018

A Goochland County Republican gets called out for tweeting what he said was a joke about shooting protesters… Local homes and businesses open up for the National Solar Tour… It was Farm to School week for city schools in Charlottesville….

Across the nation this weekend [Saturday-Monday, Oct. 6-8, 2018] some 700 home owners and organizations, including in the WMRA listening region, are sharing their love of solar energy. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 10/4/18

Oct 4, 2018

The latest poll shows Democratic challenger Jennifer Wexton leading GOP incumbent Barbara Comstock in the 10th… Health officials say flu season has begun, and it’s time to get your shot… Your local tax dollars are helping to pay for federal immigration enforcement….

WMRA Daily 10/3/18

Oct 3, 2018

Federal agents arrest four more men for being “serial rioters” at last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville… Republican Corey Stewart and Democrat Tim Kaine meet in Richmond for their final debate… Hemp is poised for a comeback in Virginia – maybe….

WMRA Daily 10/2/18

Oct 2, 2018

Former Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas resigned last December – and he’s still drawing his salary… Will some of Virginia’s new online sales tax windfall go to local schools?...  How does Virginia’s gender gap in pay compare to the national average?

Andrew Jenner

For the first time in decades, a new state law makes it legal to buy and process industrial hemp in Virginia.  A company in the Shenandoah Valley hopes to be the first to do just that.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.

WMRA Daily 10/1/18

Oct 1, 2018

Some schools in Augusta County will soon be solar-powered… Four people are hurt, three of them badly, when a car rear-ends a horse-drawn buggy in Buckingham County… Is Virginia’s business climate losing ground to other states because of our antiquated tax policy?

Costs mount for August’s rally anniversary.  A new redistricting scheme sticks to the party line.  Florence continues to take a toll.  Virginia schools approach full accreditation.

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It’s a big weekend for Staunton as the third annual Queen City Mischief and Magic Festival gets underway on Friday.  Originally known as a “Potter Party” before Warner Brothers cracked down, this mega wizardry fan event has taken on a life of its own. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has more.

WMRA Daily 9/27/18

Sep 27, 2018

Staunton will be the site of a new medical cannabis dispensary… Amidst the fight in Richmond over gerrymandering, the question remains – could we just hand redistricting over to a computer?... It’s not called the Potter Party anymore, but it’s still the same magical festival of brooms, owls and wizards in Staunton this weekend….

WMRA Daily 9/26/18

Sep 26, 2018

More turmoil for pipeline developers, as a federal court again halts work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and projected costs for the Mountain Valley Pipeline increase by nearly 25%... After sharp criticism, Virginia suspends its plan to bar women from wearing tampons or menstrual cups during prison visits….

WMRA Daily 9/25/18

Sep 25, 2018

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….

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