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WMRA Daily 8/22/18

Aug 22, 2018

A KKK leader gets four years in jail for firing a gun at last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville… Child welfare advocates in Rockbridge say the state still hasn’t properly dealt with the county’s Department of Social Services… What does it take to become an engaged citizen?  It may depend on your party affiliation….

Virginia's uranium ban goes before the Supreme Court.  A report finds scarce school counelors.  The public gets a say on fixing 81.  A statue falls.

A Pipeline Update: Where Things Stand Now

Aug 20, 2018
Southern Environmental Law Center / Creative Commons

Virginia’s Water Control Board will meet Tuesday, August 21, to consider the question of whether the state should be inspecting every point on a river or stream where pipeline builders propose to cross. 

Activists face off on Monument Avenue.  Mountain Valley lays off workers.  Lake algae runs amok.  Even more Virginians find work.

WMRA Daily 8/17/18

Aug 17, 2018

Environmentalists press what they see as an advantage from recent federal decisions, and petition to stop construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… Meanwhile, Sixth District Democratic candidate Jennifer Lewis makes pipeline opposition the centerpiece of her campaign… Declining sight and hearing, but also smell, as we get older?  VCU scientists say they may have a solution….

WMRA Daily 8/16/18

Aug 16, 2018

Khizr Khan and Susan Bro are among notable people from Charlottesville taking part in a new project to fight extremism… Some restive progressives in Virginia’s Democratic party want new leadership... College students aren’t the only age group flocking back to Harrisonburg….

Andrew Jenner

It’s the time of year when college students come flooding back into Harrisonburg. But that’s not the only age group flocking in.  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

WMRA Daily 8/15/18

Aug 15, 2018

Dozens of Charlottesville residents express frustration to city councilors over the heavy police presence during the August 12th anniversary weekend… The Albemarle area, and lots of other places in Virginia, will soon get more choices for health insurance under the ACA… A new study says that too many families are reluctant to have “the talk” with seniors about their driving….

WMRA Daily 8/14/18

Aug 14, 2018

A state probe concludes that the current treatment of detainees at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center does not amount to abuse or neglect… The son of Sixth District Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte splits harshly with his father on Twitter… Virginia has mostly recovered from the Great Recession, but this recovery is different….

WMRA Daily 8/13/18

Aug 13, 2018

Court rulings against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and now an order by the main federal regulator to stop construction...  It was mostly peaceful in Charlottesville over the anniversary weekend – we have reports from the city and the UVa grounds….

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Some residents in Charlottesville fear a repeat of last August’s mayhem that resulted in the deaths of counter-protester Heather Heyer and two police officers.  What can we expect this weekend?  WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.

WMRA Daily 8/10/18

Aug 10, 2018

A federal court says time is running out for state Republicans to redraw the state’s legislative map… Charlottesville is forgiving more than $80,000 loaned to its former city manager… Meanwhile, the city’s residents, students and businesses are preparing for a weekend anniversary of violence….

Officials have declared a state of emergency for Charlottesville and the Commonwealth in advance of this weekend.  If white supremacists return to Charlottesville, they will find a very different city.  Besides the state of emergency, new leaders are in charge, and there is an even larger group of vocal opponents.  Virginia Public Radio’s Sandy Hausman reports.

WMRA Daily 8/9/18

Aug 9, 2018

A Harrisonburg woman and her granddaughter are still missing… Governor Northam and the city of Charlottesville declare states of emergency leading up to this weekend’s anniversary… We take a deep look at preparations in Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 8/8/18

Aug 8, 2018

A medical college is assessing how Virginia’s Medicaid expansion will work for hospitals, insurers -- and patients… New industrial jobs are coming to the Valley… Dominion plans a new wind energy project off Virginia’s coast….

National Night Out

Tuesday evening [August 7], police departments across the nation, including in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, will try to foster a sense of community with the neighborhoods they police.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 8/7/18

Aug 7, 2018

Another federal appeals court ruling, another victory for environmentalists, this time over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… Anger erupts among city council members in Charlottesville over planning for the violent rally anniversary, and again over the hiring of an interim city manager… Also, a look at tuition for college – it’s going up again in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 8/6/18

Aug 6, 2018

An 82-year-old Winchester man faces charges after allegedly assaulting officers and using a racial slur… Federal regulators have ordered a stop to a small stretch of the Mountain Valley Pipeline… The good news about last week's tornado in Charlottesville was that nobody got injured. The bad news is that nobody predicted it….

WMRA Daily 8/3/18

Aug 3, 2018

The weather gets dangerous, as a small tornado touches down in Albemarle County and parts of Lynchburg are evacuated for fear of a dam failure… Virginia’s Attorney General vows to fight Trump administration plans freeze fuel-efficiency requirements… One of our Books & Brews authors has again put her journalism skills to work on a true story that reads like a novel – a look at “Dopesick” by Beth Macy.

WMRA Daily 8/2/18

Aug 2, 2018

A federal court rules in favor of the Mountain Valley Pipeline over environmental concerns about threats to waterways… A Madison County yoga teacher wants to unseat state Senator Emmett Hanger next year… If you want to see a bald eagle released into the wild, today is your chance.

WMRA Daily 8/1/18

Aug 1, 2018

Harrisonburg's new police chief is the first African-American to take the job…  But there’s still much room for improvement in employment rates for African-Americans in the Commonwealth… We take a look at a university-sponsored camp for the children of parents with cancer….

Camp Kesem

A nationwide community of college students is offering a summer camp where the children of parents with cancer can have fun, and just be – and become – themselves. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 7/31/18

Jul 31, 2018

Two U-V-A historians resign from the Miller Center over its hiring of a former Trump official… Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are celebrating a court ruling, but what happens next?... Virginia’s attorney general joins an effort to stop the publication of blueprints for 3-D printable guns….

WMRA Daily 7/30/18

Jul 30, 2018

A federal court is siding with environmental groups challenging the Mountain Valley Pipeline… Virginians who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are about to see yet another increase to their premiums… A Charlottesville non-profit will offer non-violence training on the eve of the anniversary of last year's white supremacist rally….

WMRA Daily 7/27/18

Jul 27, 2018

Charlottesville and U-V-A prepare for an unwelcome anniversary in August… Charlottesville’s city council erupts in controversy over the hiring of an interim city manager, and the main candidate has withdrawn himself from consideration… If you enjoy camping and you oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, you can combine those two interests in Bath County….

WMRA Daily 7/26/18

Jul 26, 2018

A lumber company employee in Crozet dies after being injured on the job…. The Mountain Valley Pipeline builders win an eminent domain ruling over landowners, but environmental regulators are again citing the pipeline for erosion violations… Save the Name, or Change the Name?  We look at the fight over Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton….

Jessie Knadler

If you’ve spent any time in Staunton this summer you may have noticed the city is peppered with signs that say either ‘Save the Name’… or ‘Change the Name’.  It’s part of the contentious debate over whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School, or keep it as is. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler heard from residents – and students – and got some historical perspective, too.

WMRA Daily 7/25/18

Jul 25, 2018

Jason Kessler suddenly withdraws his case against Charlottesville, and says he’ll plan a so-called “white rights” rally in D.C. in August… A Mennonite missionary from Stuarts Draft is sentenced for having sexual relations with a child in Haiti… Is Virginia being too aggressive in purging voter rolls?

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WMRA Daily 7/24/18

Jul 24, 2018

Local schools are getting more state money to hire security officers, in the wake of several mass shootings in schools around the country… Jason Kessler fights in court for the right to hold a rally on the anniversary of last year’s violence in Charlottesville… The leading expert on the monarch butterfly has died in his home in Nelson County – he was a professor at Sweet Briar College….

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