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WMRA Daily 6/18/18

Jun 18, 2018

Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline plan to use a steel sculpture to physically block the project's construction… The Koch brothers say they won’t support Corey Stewart in his challenge to Senator Tim Kaine… Descendants of those enslaved by Thomas Jefferson find their voice at Monticello….

A Charlottesville judge raises the stakes for city councilors in a statue  lawsuit....State Republicans debate whether to cross the aisle for immigration reform....School leaders take advantage of federal money to secure lunch for poor students.

Virginia defends the Affordable Care Act while Washington refuses....The state’s women veterans gather to discuss their issues....Mark Warner’s opioid bills advance in the Senate.

WMRA Daily 6/13/18

Jun 13, 2018

In Tuesday's primaries, Trump loyalist Corey Stewart was selected by Republican voters to challenge incumbent Tim Kaine… The fall’s congressional races in our area will feature lots of women candidates, another possible reaction to Trump’s presidency….

Primary Election Results

Jun 12, 2018
Virginia Places

In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Corey Stewart has beaten Nick Freitas (45% to 43%) with 99% of precincts reporting.  Stewart will run against Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine.  In each of four Congressional districts in the WMRA area, Democratic women will challenge Republican candidates.

WMRA Daily 6/12/18

Jun 12, 2018

The nursing home resident who died Sunday after he fell into a creek is identified -- he was an Army veteran… Polls are open today in Virginia primary elections…  And we have a look at the role of absentee ballots….

WMRA Daily 6/11/18

Jun 11, 2018

A nursing home resident is dead after falling into a creek in Charlottesville… S&P reaffirms Virginia’s Triple-A bond rating, and that’s important for lower interest rate borrowing… A big reason is the two-year budget deal lawmakers reached this month – that deal expanded Medicaid in Virginia, so now that’s the law, what’s next?

Red Wing Roots

Summertime is the season of music festivals. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler rounds up some great local music events to check out during the hot months.

WMRA Daily 6/8/18

Jun 8, 2018

The couple killed by last week’s floodwaters in Albemarle County has been identified… May’s record rainfalls have devastated some Virginia crops… Summer is music festival time, and we have a preview…

WMRA Daily 6/7/18

Jun 7, 2018

Thursday is the day that Medicaid expansion becomes the law in Virginia… Legislators from Virginia continue their fight against Trump’s off-shore drilling plans... We preview the candidates for Congress in next Tuesday’s Virginia primary election….

Virginia Places

Virginians will go to the polls for primary elections Tuesday, June 12th.  Four congressional seats are at play in the WMRA listening area.  And U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will also be on the ballot this fall – three GOP candidates are vying to unseat him.  JMU political science professor Bob Roberts joined WMRA's Bob Leweke to provide some perspective.

WMRA Daily 6/6/18

Jun 6, 2018

Search crews find the remains of a woman swept away by flood waters near Ivy last week… Three Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters are arrested in West Virginia after chaining themselves to construction equipment… A look at the mixed picture for higher ed funding in the new state budget….

Bonnie Barrineau

John Handley High School in Winchester just graduated its latest class on Saturday.  Nearly 100 years ago, the city used $1.6 million in private money to create a model education system.  WMRA’s Bonnie Barrineau looks at the lasting impact of that decision on public schools in Winchester, and at how that gift fit into Virginia’s legacy of racial segregation.

WMRA Daily 6/5/18

Jun 5, 2018

Rescue crews continue their search for a missing motorist nearly a week after last week's floods… The family of the unarmed, naked man shot by a Richmond police officer last month is now demanding reforms… We look back at the private endowment that created Winchester’s public school system….

WMRA Daily 6/4/18

Jun 4, 2018

Nelson County Distillery owner Denver Riggleman is Republicans’ choice for the 5th district…  Another woman is found dead after last week’s floods… In addition to Medicaid expansion, last week’s budget also features more money for teachers….

Jordy Yager

A group of more than 50 people traveled from Charlottesville to Ghana earlier this month to learn about the origins of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and how it can be better taught back here in the U.S.  Jordy Yager  joined the group and has this report from Virginia Public Radio.

WMRA Daily 6/1/18

Jun 1, 2018

One person is dead due to flooding, and two others are missing after Thursday's storms in Virginia… The state Supreme Court rejects a challenge to Virginia’s 2011 redistricting… We follow a recent trip to Ghana to learn more about the slave trade, and how to better teach its history….

WMRA Daily 5/31/18

May 31, 2018

All it needs is the governor’s signature, and Medicaid expansion will be the law in Virginia… The Fifth District will have a new GOP nominee for Congress this weekend… A religious coalition in the Valley is fighting for local reform in the criminal justice system….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A group of religious organizations in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is advocating for criminal justice reform at the local level.  And they hope that government officials will find the solutions easy enough to put in place soon.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Four Democratic challengers seeking the nomination for the Sixth Congressional District agree that the key to beating Republican nominee Delegate Ben Cline in this predominantly conservative region is connecting with Independents and moderate Republicans. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

WMRA Daily 5/30/18

May 30, 2018

Virginia is on the verge of becoming the 33rd state to pass Medicaid expansion --- giving health insurance to 400,000 low-income Virginians… Several Republicans are showing interest in running for the Fifth District seat being vacated by Tom Garrett…. We meet the candidates running for the Sixth District seat that Bob Goodlatte is leaving….

WMRA Daily 5/29/18

May 29, 2018

Fifth District Republican Tom Garrett drops his re-election bid, and says he is struggling with alcoholism… The General Assembly returns to Richmond, and part of the budget may be more money for K-12 education….

WMRA Daily 5/28/18

May 28, 2018

Protests continue in Richmond over the police killing of an unarmed man… Another Charlottesville official is forced out in the wake of last August's violent white supremacist rally… That old sweater you’re no longer wearing just might make the world a better place….

VDOT

Despite rising gas prices and rain in the forecast, more drivers are expected this Memorial Day Weekend.   And one thing you may notice -- some memorably worded digital safety signs from the Virginia Department of Transportation.  The signs might read, “Signal Intention for Crash Prevention” or “See the Cone … Respect the Zone.”   WMRA’s Jessie Knadler talks to the wordsmiths at VDOT to find out what’s going on with those catchy signs.

WMRA Daily 5/25/18

May 25, 2018

Governor Northam is getting impatient with budget delays in the General Assembly… A new Virginia law that aims to help the self-employed get access to health care may run into a roadblock… And speaking of roadblocks, what’s up with those quirky electronic signs on Virginia’s Interstates?

WMRA Daily 5/24/18

May 24, 2018

Harrisonburg has no plans to collect recyclables at the curb again, so residents will have to throw it in the trash, or haul it away themselves… Harrisonburg is also a designated refugee resettlement area, but it’s seeing a lot fewer placements in the Trump era… Are house calls coming back?  As America ages, some experts say more doctors will be caring for patients in their homes….

Peter Jump

The old practice of doctor home visits -- they used to be known as house calls -- is making a comeback. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 20 years, two-thirds of elderly Americans will have multiple chronic conditions, making it difficult for them to get to a doctor’s office.  That means they'll need more care at home.  WMRA’s Peter Jump rode along with one physician squeezing a house call into his busy day.

WMRA Daily 5/23/18

May 23, 2018

Two toddlers have died in separate gun accidents in Virginia… A federal judge has sided with Gavin Grimm… We attend a time-honored scouting tradition, a pinewood derby race, raising awareness of local kids in single-family homes….

Calvin Pynn

About one-third of children in Harrisonburg live in single-parent homes.  One Valley chapter of the Boy Scouts of America gathered local businesses, community members and scouting enthusiasts on Sunday to raise money, and awareness.  And as WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports, it was a time-honored scouting event – a pinewood derby.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In Northeast Harrisonburg, a group is working to restore a house built by formerly enslaved people. The house survived urban development in the mid-1900s, and will be the site for a museum about the community’s history. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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