Republicans focus on mental health for school safety.  Overdoses surge in Harrisonburg.  Charlottesville renames two parks – again.

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Recently national attention turned to the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant minors detained at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton. Its allegations have caused concern for many, including a clinical psychologist and local, state and federal officials. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

The AG wants an abortion lawsuit tossed.  The state wants you to raise bees.  Virginia Tech freshman are more diverse than ever.  The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center draws intense scrutiny.

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Each year hundreds gather on the rolling hills of James Monroe’s Highland, near Charlottesville. They’re here to take in the sights, sounds and smells of The Virginia Folklife apprenticeship program, and learn how residents are preserving cultural traditions. Ian Stewart reports on the program for Virginia Currents.

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Kessler discourages armed rallies.  Invading plant causes major burns.  Medicaid doctors are abundant…or are they?  The state is flush, with help from the lottery, but what about schools?  Virginia folk culture: preserved and on display at Highland.

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Recent national attention to the class action lawsuit filed by unaccompanied immigrant minors detained at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, or SVJC, near Staunton has raised the concern of many, including U.S. Senator from Virginia Mark Warner. He spoke with WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz.

The Virginia House looks for school safety solutions.  The lottery wins big.  ICE wants to  hurry up in Bowling Green.  Senator Warner wants answers on SVJC.

It’s getting harder to eavesdrop on the police. A donation gets confederate leaders off three schools. DEQ dings Mountain Valley. Virginia Tech commemorates a fallen graduate.

A phone scam tries to scare you into paying up.  The Klan is recruiting in the north.  Kids get access to meals this summer.  A Charlottesville car dealer goes solar.

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It has 480 solar panels, could reduce carbon emissions by 191 tons annually, and represents the first of its kind in Virginia. It’s a solar superstructure, a shell above an existing building, and is expected to provide 93 percent of the power needed to operate the Colonial Nissan Dealership in Charlottesville.

A helicopter crashes in Williamsburg.  The victim of a holiday accident is found.  History gets preserved. A local lynching victim is the focus of a pilgrimage.

WMRA Daily 7/6/18

Jul 6, 2018

The Ohio man accused of federal hate crimes for driving through a crowd in Charlottesville pleads not guilty… Virginia’s farmers are worried about Chinese retaliation for Trump’s tariffs… Virginia’s honeybee numbers are sharply down after a rough winter….

WMRA Daily 7/5/18

Jul 5, 2018

Dozens of people from 35 countries are new citizens, after Monticello’s annual Independence Day naturalization ceremony… A Verona woman is dead after being struck by a car, and the driver is charged with DUI… Is Virginia’s safety net crumbling?

WMRA Daily 7/4/18

Jul 4, 2018

The class-action lawsuit against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center may be delayed, as lawyers try to add a fourth teen to the suit….  A look at the new law limiting school suspensions in Virginia… Who is funding the candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia – and why?

WMRA Daily 7/3/18

Jul 3, 2018

The Ohio man accused of killing Heather Heyer and driving a car into a crowd of protesters on August 12th in Charlottesville appears in court this week… Harrisonburg city council announces the location of the new high school, on the south side of town, but it won’t open for another five years… We confront Virginia’s slave-owning and slave-trading past, with a walk along the Richmond Slave Trail….

WMRA Daily 7/2/18

Jul 2, 2018

Hundreds of people gather over the weekend in "Families Belong Together" rallies to support immigrants… Two people are arrested in Timberville, charged with murder in the shooting death of a man in Harrisonburg… Now that construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been halted, what happens next?

WMRA Daily 6/29/18

Jun 29, 2018

We go into a courtroom where the cases of migrants are being heard… The maker of OxyContin says it is disappointed that Virginia is suing it over the opioid crisis… One group’s challenge to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline involves race and environmental justice….

WMRA Daily 6/28/18

Jun 28, 2018

Another teenager, now living in California, is speaking out about abuse he alleges he suffered at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center… The man accused of killing Heather Heyer during last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is charged with a hate crime, and he could face the death penalty… The number of songbirds in Virginia is falling, but what’s being done about it?

Farmers for America

Jun 27, 2018
Calvin Pynn

“Farmers For America,” a documentary focusing on farmers across the country, screened Tuesday night [June 26] at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, and featured a couple of well-known growers in the Shenandoah Valley. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn was there.

WMRA Daily 6/27/18

Jun 27, 2018

A federal court says 11 legislative districts in Virginia were illegally gerrymandered, and must be redrawn by November… Democratic lawmakers nationwide are demanding explanations from the federal government after allegations of abuse at a Valley juvenile detention center… Where can kids struggling with their gender identities go for help in Virginia?

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Yesterday, we learned about a new adult transgender clinic in the University of Virginia hospital system. With an estimated 700 transgender adults living in and around Charlottesville, they should have plenty of demand. But what about kids struggling with their gender identities? Where do THEY go? Today, WMRA’s  Emily Richardson-Lorente takes us to a clinic designed just for them.

Calvin Pynn

Protesters rallied outside of the Harrisonburg Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, office on Monday. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn was there.

WMRA Daily 6/26/18

Jun 26, 2018

Protesters rally outside of Harrisonburg’s ICE office... A Bath county couple invites a few hundred of their closest friends to camp out on their property, to stop the advance of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… How UVa has become a hub for transgender people seeking medical care….

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Getting and paying for good healthcare can be tricky for many of us. For transgender people, it can be a much bigger challenge. But, as WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente found out, the University of Virginia is turning into a kind of hub for transgender healthcare.  Here's the first of two reports.

WMRA Daily 6/25/18

Jun 25, 2018

Ralliers gather to protest alleged abuse of migrant children at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center… As the governor orders a state investigation, the head of the facility says the charges are unfounded… A restaurant in Lexington sparks a national debate after asking White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to leave….

WMRA Daily 6/22/18

Jun 22, 2018

Governor Northam orders an investigation into allegations of abuse at the juvenile center near Staunton… As the battle over immigration policy continues, Northam stands by his decision to recall National Guard troops from the border, and Senator Tim Kaine say reform is desperately needed….

WMRA Daily 6/21/18

Jun 21, 2018

More allegations of physical abuse of immigrant children at a detention center near Staunton come to light… A new lawsuit seeks to overturn Virginia's abortion laws, some of them decades old… Former U-V-A student Martese Johnson gets a big settlement resulting from his violent arrest by ABC agents in 2015….

WMRA Daily 6/20/18

Jun 20, 2018

Virginia's governor is among those pulling National Guard troops from the border with Mexico because of Trump's immigration policy…  A judge rules against Charlottesville officials over documents related to the city’s Confederate monuments decision…  A new state law aims to end the practice of long-term school suspensions….

WMRA Daily 6/19/18

Jun 19, 2018

A grade school in Richmond will get rid of its name recognizing a Confederate general, and replace it with that of President Barack Obama… A college accrediting board raises a warning for the financial health of Sweet Briar College… Virginia is devoting more money to prevent unintended pregnancies….

Jordy Yager

On Saturday [June 16], just outside Charlottesville, several hundred African-American descendants of people enslaved by Thomas Jefferson gathered at Monticello for the unveiling of a new exhibit. Their ancestors are finally having a say. WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports.