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WMRA Daily 5/22/18

May 22, 2018

Charlottesville’s first African-American woman police chief takes office next month… A third man is guilty in the beating of DeAndre Harris… In Northeast Harrisonburg, a group is working to restore a house built by former slaves….

WMRA Daily 5/21/18

May 21, 2018

State Delegate Ben Cline is Republicans' choice to run for the seat Bob Goodlatte has held for 25 years... Washington & Lee University will keep Lee’s name, despite renewed controversy over the Confederate general… We take a look at the opioid crisis in Waynesboro, and how it reflects a statewide problem….

WMRA Daily 5/18/18

May 18, 2018

Two Nelson County residents are accused in the overdose deaths of a mother and daughter… A lawsuit claims that Virginia uses its "habitual drunkard" law to punish homeless alcoholics… Leaders in the House of Delegates are betting that by the time they convene next week, the Senate will have passed a budget, but what are the odds?

WMRA Daily 5/17/18

May 17, 2018

A federal agency says construction may go forward on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as long as the builders can explain how they’re protecting wildlife… Environmentalists beg to differ… We’ll have a look at the species they’re concerned about… Meanwhile, the Mountain Valley Pipeline is cited for erosion problems….

WMRA Daily 5/16/18

May 16, 2018

A federal appeals court halts construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but Dominion says they will keep building anyway... Charlottesville may hire an African-American woman as its next police chief, that would be a first… With no agreement on the budget in sight, Virginia’s Senate will meet next week to continue negotiations….

WMRA Daily 5/15/18

May 15, 2018

The number of homeless children and adults in the Valley is up...  Meanwhile, Virginians are giving less to charity than a few years ago…  The House passed a budget, now it’s the Senate’s turn, but will Medicaid expansion be part of the bargain for Virginians?

WMRA Daily 5/14/18

May 14, 2018

The brother of the accused school shooter in Parkland is moving to Staunton… Republicans in the House criticize Republicans in the Senate for foot-dragging on the state budget… Lawmakers are in Richmond this week to figure out what to do with decades of pollution from coal mining….

WMRA Daily 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

Mother-daughter anti-pipeline tree sitters visit supporters in Harrisonburg… A Rockingham County deputy is cleared of charges after shooting a suspect in Timberville… Health insurance premiums in Virginia could skyrocket next year….

Calvin Pynn

The mother / daughter team of tree-sitting, anti-pipeline protesters met with like-minded activists in Harrisonburg Thursday.  It’s part of their tour around the state, as WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

WMRA Daily 5/10/18

May 10, 2018

A Baltimore KKK member will be allowed to leave Virginia while awaiting sentencing… Virginia’s attorney general sues a Madison service dog company… Three years after nearly shutting down, more students are showing interest in Sweet Briar College….

WMRA Daily 5/9/18

May 9, 2018

A KKK leader is sentenced for his role in last August’s violent rally in Charlottesville… Rockingham County deputies shot a man who fired at them…  Virginia begins to address its high eviction rate….

WMRA Daily 5/8/18

May 8, 2018

The mother-daughter pair of tree protesters recently forced out take their protest to Charlottesville… Nine months after a torch-lit white supremacist rally, UVa says anyone not affiliated with the university must get approval before speaking on campus…  State regulators reject Dominion’s renewable energy plan….

WMRA Daily 5/7/18

May 7, 2018

The governing body at Virginia’s largest university resolves to put a stop to the kind of faculty-hiring agreements recently discovered with the Koch Foundation…  A new study finds that most civil defendants go into Virginia’s general district courts without a lawyer, and they usually lose… A decade after the Great Recession, one economic indicator is still lagging behind….

WMRA Daily 5/4/18

May 4, 2018

A second man faces up to 20 years in prison for the beating of DeAndre Harris… As the NRA meets in Dallas, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia hold their task force on gun safety this weekend… For the first time, the number of lobbyists in Virginia politics has topped 1,000….

WMRA Daily 5/3/18

May 3, 2018

One GOP candidate vying to replace Bob Goodlatte has filed a federal election complaint against one of his rivals for the nomination… Virginia’s attorney general says one in five Virginians may have been affected by the big privacy breach at Facebook… One Harrisonburg clinic fills the gap in prenatal care for anyone who needs the service, regardless of insurance coverage….

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The Harrisonburg Community Health Center serves a diverse community – and now also offers prenatal care for women, including those who are undocumented and uninsured. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz visited the Center, and filed this report.

WMRA Daily 5/2/18

May 2, 2018

The man charged in the beating of DeAndre Harris during last August’s violent rally in Charlottesville has been found guilty… Dominion says it will generate more solar power in the coming years… And the governor’s office says Virginia will continue to protect the public from coal ash, even as the EPA rolls back its regulations….

WMRA Daily 5/1/18

May 1, 2018

Absentee voting has begun in Virginia leading up to the June primary election… Your local public radio station is still here, but local newspapers across the Old Dominion are shutting down… We wrap up our series on autism with a look at the challenges of parenting a child with autism, on a very limited budget….

Natasha Lee

Parenting can be joyful.  It can also be hard.  And if your child has autism, the joys -- and difficulties -- of parenthood can be multiplied. For our sixth and final installment in WMRA’s series on autism, we take a look at the many challenges facing parents—from housing to employment to transportation—and where they find hope.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports.

WMRA Daily 4/30/18

Apr 30, 2018

The organizer of last summer’s white supremacist rally defends himself against a U-V-A ban, as students rally against him… state environmental officials open up a comment period for the public to weigh in, again, on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines….

A Kessler encounter prompts a change in policy at UVA.  The state urges residents to start preparing for hurricanes.  A UVA student’s death leads to an international lawsuit.

A House committee to make Virginia schools safer gets underway.  State attorneys lobby the Supreme Court over uranium. Families living with autism have a cruise ship designed just for them.

Aimee Cayer

With summer around the corner, families are turning toward vacation plans. But travel for those with autism can be a challenge. In the next installment of our series on autism, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler explores a cruise ship specifically designed for those with special needs …. so the whole family can R&R together.

Governor Northam looks for the state’s most sensitive land to protect.  Political money rushes into Virginia from around the country.  The state senate tackles the budget.  And Harrisonburg turns kids  onto fruits and veggies.

An infant’s death leads to a lawsuit against Rockbridge County.  A  new resource for child mental health opens its doors.  Virginia politicians use committee assignments to attract donors.  And a Virginia congressman aims to shake up the music business.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Getting kids to eat fresh produce might seem like an uphill battle, but in Harrisonburg schools, there’s some thought going into helping students know, grow and eat their fruits and veggies. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

A lobbyist for Charlottesville strikes out in Richmond.  Pipeline developers try again in court to oust tree sitters.  Today honors a civil rights activist who fought for equal resources in Virginia schools.

WMRA Daily 4/20/18

Apr 20, 2018

The three Republicans vying to challenge Senator Tim Kaine this fall meet in another debate… Virginia will get nearly $10 million to fight the opioid battle… How do first responders – cops, fire fighters and so on – train to deal with, and serve, people with autism?

As part of our recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, WMRA has been examining the spectrum disorder and the people it impacts. In the fourth installment of our series, we take a deep look at how the issue of public and individual safety has evolved. WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports.

WMRA Daily 4/19/18

Apr 19, 2018

White supremacist propaganda sprinkled around Charlottesville neighborhoods… some Democrats in the General Assembly are calling on the governor to hit the brakes on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines…  Could the answer for Puerto Rico be solar power?  A local benefit concert is raising money toward that end….

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