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Calvin Pynn

Senator Tim Kaine is making his way around the state to kick off his bid for re-election this year.  He stopped at Pale Fire Brewing Company Saturday [April 7] to meet with voters in Harrisonburg. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn was there.

WMRA Daily 4/9/18

Apr 9, 2018

A Republican state Senator flips on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, raising the possibility of a budget agreement… U-S Senator Tim Kaine visits Harrisonburg as part of his re-election kick-off… Motorcycle rider deaths are way up, and some riders blame car drivers with cell phones….

Some kids have been enjoying their spring break this week. For some that’s meant vegging out, or maybe going to visit relatives out of town. But for a group of 13 girls in Charlottesville, it’s meant a week-long camp focused on health. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

An Arlington hospital tries to turn back a crisis in c-section births.  Girls in Charlottesville spend spring break focused on health and wellbeing.  CNN’s White House Correspondent and JMU grad Jim Acosta speaks on campus for real news and a free press.

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On Thursday [April 5],  CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta returned to James Madison University as the final Madison Vision Series Speaker this year. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Several protesters at a march Wednesday at Cargill in Dayton were arrested for trespassing when they tried to deliver a petition in support of workers they say were fired by the company for exercising their rights to organize. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 4/5/18

Apr 5, 2018

Nine protesters arrested at the Cargill plant in Dayton trying to support workers’ rights to unionize… Harrisonburg city staff recommend against turning animal shelter services over to Anicira…. How are Virginia’s public schools serving students with autism?  Our series continues….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This Saturday [April 7], community members interested in the process of becoming naturalized citizens can learn more at an information session at Blue Ridge Community College. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and WMRA is presenting a six-part series about this increasingly prevalent developmental disorder. Today, we look at the educational system’s approach to students with autism. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 4/4/18

Apr 4, 2018

Valley activists say they are carrying on MLK’s work by supporting local poultry workers…  State regulators question whether the big electric utility overhaul passed by lawmakers this year is constitutional… UVa researchers learn more about why some babies and not others die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome….

WMRA Daily 4/3/18

Apr 3, 2018

Senator Tim Kaine kicks off his re-election campaign this week, with appearances around the state… A massive Confederate battle flag appears near Interstate 64 outside Charlottesville… A Virginia Tech administrator who marched with Martin Luther King,  Jr. remembers him, 50 years after his death….

WMRA Daily 4/2/18

Apr 2, 2018

Democratic Senator Mark Warner changes his position on guns, now calling for restrictions on assault-style guns and ammunition magazines…  The Library of Virginia is way behind in cataloging documents, and is failing to answer Freedom of Information requests…  A “place-based” education advocate visits JMU….

David Sobel

This week [April 3-4] a promoter of “place-based education” is coming to Harrisonburg to meet with current and future teachers. On Tuesday he’ll also give a keynote address that’s open to the public, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 3/30/18

Mar 30, 2018

In a blow to Dominion, Virginia’s highest court says big electric users can shop around for renewable energy… Since Trump took office, federal efforts to crack down on predatory lending have all but ended… And we kick off our month-long series on autism, with a look at new approaches to treating children with the condition….

Kate Simon

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and World Autism Awareness Day is Monday, April 2.  So beginning today WMRA is embarking on a six-part series about this increasingly prevalent developmental disorder. Today, we look at applied behavior analysis – or ABA – a leading intervention for kids with autism, and how Mary Baldwin University is responding to the growing need.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

WMRA Daily 3/29/18

Mar 29, 2018

A proposed new green space park near Harrisonburg’s farmer’s market takes another step forward… Federal regulators deny a request by Atlantic Coast Pipeline builders for more time to cut down trees… And, a new UVa study reveals the disparities of wealth and income across Virginia….

WMRA Daily 3/28/18

Mar 28, 2018

The former chief of police for a small town in Augusta County has been relieved of duty for allegedly stealing Hydrocodone… Charlottesville housing officials get some help from their counterparts in Harrisonburg… And, environmentalists demand that Governor Northam call for a more stringent environmental review for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines….

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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.

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