WMRA News

Church World Service (logo)

Following President Trump’s decision to sharply restrict the number of refugees allowed into the United States, the State Department has informed refugee resettlement offices nationwide to trim operations or even close. One of those offices is in Harrisonburg, which has a long history of refugee resettlement. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler takes a look at how the new policy is affecting Rockingham County.

WMRA Daily 3/27/18

Mar 27, 2018

Two men are sentenced to jail time for repeatedly removing the black tarps covering Confederate monuments in Charlottesville… UVa researchers begin testing a drug that they hope will save the lives of many lung transplant recipients… And a group in central Virginia declares war on non-native plants, and wants to recruit you and your neighbors in the battle….

WMRA Daily 3/26/18

Mar 26, 2018

A head-on collision in Winchester kills two people… UVa prepares to host a debate featuring the Republican candidates to challenge Senator Tim Kaine… And, new ballot rules from the state board of elections, hoping to avoid another confusing election like 2017’s….

WMRA Daily 3/23/18

Mar 23, 2018

An inmate sues over prison food… Policymakers debate whether new Virginia laws encouraging teaching colleges to produce teachers in four years instead of five or six are actually a good idea… And, is gambling money making its way into Virginia schools?

WMRA Daily 3/22/18

Mar 22, 2018

Governor Northam’s budget throws down a Medicaid challenge to the General Assembly… Local governments are pressing the governor to make major changes to a new cell tower bill… The perjury charge against white nationalist Jason Kessler has been dismissed….

WMRA Daily 3/21/18

Mar 21, 2018

Governor Northam is set to kickstart negotiations with state lawmakers today over the budget, in advance of their reconvening in April… A federal appeals court hears arguments over pollution from coal ash in the Hampton area… And rural areas in Virginia are losing population, but what does that mean for the state?

WMRA Daily 3/20/18

Mar 20, 2018

Home prices are climbing in Virginia… One of the few bills Governor Northam has rejected was a proposal from Harrisonburg Senator Mark Obenshain to cap lawyer’s fees… And we have profiles of the Democrats vying to unseat Republican 5th District Representative Tom Garrett….

Courtesy of the Democratic campaigns

You might have seen the hashtags #GarrettMustGo or #OneTermTom: that means competition is in the air. This year, four Democratic candidates are running to challenge Tom Garrett for the fifth congressional district of Virginia in November.  The Democrats met last Saturday at Buford Middle School for a debate.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini put together these profiles.

WMRA Daily 3/19/18

Mar 19, 2018

Two of the main Republican contenders to challenge Democrat Tim Kaine met in a debate over the weekend… Charlottesville will begin streaming city council meetings live on Facebook, part of the city’s new effort to be more transparent in its public business… And, award-winning author Sam Quinones discusses the origins America’s opiate epidemic….

Addiction has devastated hundreds of cities, small towns, and suburbs across America, including major swaths of Appalachia.  How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.

WMRA Daily 3/16/18

Mar 16, 2018

A poll of Virginia teachers finds strong opposition to arming school staff…  State election officials are working on better instructions for voters to avoid the kind of problems that happened last November…  And, thanks to a state grant, a new welding school in Buena Vista is helping to close a critical shortage of skilled welders across the country….

Jessie Knadler

A new welding school in Buena Vista has been awarded $200,000 from the state. The grant will allow the school to help close a critical shortage of skilled welders across the country. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler heads to Buena Vista to take a look at the new wave of welders who will fill a growing need for skilled tradesmen in the future.

Rockbridge County High was one of thousands of schools across the country where students walked out of their classrooms to honor victims of the Parkland massacre yesterday.  WMRA's Jessie Knadler filed this report.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Yesterday, students at UVa participated in the nationwide walkout to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting and propose gun control measures. WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente was there.

WMRA Daily 3/15/18

Mar 15, 2018

High school, and some college, students around Virginia walk out to protest gun violence on Wednesday… For the time being, if you live in Harrisonburg and you want your household recyclables taken care of, you’ll have to haul them in yourself – the city isn’t doing it for you… And, the United Way in Harrisonburg fosters a community conversation about those just above the poverty level….

Jesse Huxman

The United Way has started discussions with local nonprofits and others to come up with solutions to help those in the Harrisonburg area struggling to make ends meet. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

WMRA Daily 3/14/18

Mar 14, 2018

Governor Northam sets April 11th for the General Assembly to return to session and settle on a budget… a former State Department official sues right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over attacks stemming from the violence of August 12th in Charlottesville… and, is the small city of Buena Vista poised for a comeback?

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This week on Wednesday, one month after a shooter killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies are slated to walk out of school to demand that Congress pass legislation to address gun violence. A number of schools in the area are recognizing that walkout and call – in their own ways, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 3/13/18

Mar 13, 2018

Governor Northam gets to work on what the General Assembly has sent him so far, and he has a lot of decisions to make… U-V-A’s next president will start his job earlier than expected… and, we check in with local schools participating in Wednesday’s national school walkout, in their own way….

Calvin Pynn

The second annual International Women’s Day March in Harrisonburg took place Saturday.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

WMRA Daily 3/12/18

Mar 12, 2018

Marchers in Harrisonburg mark International Women’s Day… the General Assembly adjourns its regular session, and now the clock is ticking to agree on a budget before July 1st… One point of agreement – a new law that could actually raise your electric bill….

WMRA Daily 3/9/18

Mar 9, 2018

The General Assembly adjourns on Saturday, without agreement on a budget, with a wide gulf remaining over expansion of Medicaid… In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting, the House Speaker forms a committee on school safety, but no legislation until next year… And, what it means for six native tribes in Virginia, finally recognized by the federal government….

WMRA Daily 3/8/18

Mar 8, 2018

The lead organizer for last August’s violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is suing the city for not letting him do it again… Lawmakers get ready to leave Richmond, with the state’s budget and Medicaid expansion still unresolved… And, the state will soon require parents to strap their small children into rear-facing car seats….

WMRA Daily 3/7/18

Mar 7, 2018

Harrisonburg and Winchester’s daily newspapers are changing hands in a sale announced Tuesday…  The state Senate passes a bill against so-called “sanctuary cities”… And we have some guidelines for how to approach, and best help, panhandlers….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In January, after WMRA aired a report about panhandlers, many listeners wanted to know more about the services available to them, and about the best way to respond or help. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz took those questions to some of the people working on the front lines.

WMRA Daily 3/6/18

Mar 6, 2018

Charges are dropped against a Charlottesville woman for confronting the Ku Klux Klan during their rally on July 8th… while Congress fiddles on DACA, Virginia state legislators are also refusing to act on the Dreamers’ access to in-state tuition… and, we follow the production of biomedical inventions, from idea to the marketplace, and how UVa helps the whole process along….

Peter Jump

The CVille Biohub, a Charlottesville group organized to promote biotechnology companies, has counted more than 50 life sciences startups with more than 1800 employees in the city and surrounding counties. WMRA’s Peter Jump looks at some of the ingredients helping propel startups in Charlottesville to national prominence.

WMRA Daily 3/5/18

Mar 5, 2018

Tim Kaine is favored by Virginians to retain his Senate seat this year over any Republican challengers, and a majority strongly disapproves of President Trump, in a poll released Monday… The taint of Harvey Weinstein has reached the University of Virginia… and, Virginia Democrats are renaming their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner….

Courtesy City of Charlottesville

On Saturday, March 3, 'Liberation and Freedom Day,' organized by the University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville, marks 153 years since Union troops liberated the area. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

WMRA Daily 3/2/18

Mar 2, 2018

One Virginia Republican congressman says he’s not responsible for controversial Twitter activity… the Virginia General Assembly begins to wrap up work for its official session, as the state’s Supreme Court issues several rulings… And, this weekend the city of Charlottesville and UVa will mark the 153rd anniversary of Liberation Day in Charlottesville, when Union troops ended the war there….

Pages