North Carolina Gerrymandering Trial Could Serve As Blueprint For Other States

Weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts can't intervene in cases where state lawmakers have aggressively drawn political boundaries to benefit one political party over another, a new front in the nation's redistricting battles opens Monday in a North Carolina courtroom. The case has the potential to significantly alter how political maps are drawn in North Carolina and could serve as a blueprint for legal challenges in other states. Or, it could result in the latest...

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This weekend (July 12-14) is the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, celebrating roots music with artists like Lucinda Williams, The Wood Brothers, and Tim O’Brien.  The festival is organized by Virginia’s The Steel Wheels - they headline the event every year.

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(From Associated Press reports)  Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election.

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Analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks from night two of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. 

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How do young musicians hone their craft?  By working with the pros, and the Heifetz International Music Institute, based in Staunton, has spent decades doing just that.  The Institute's annual summer music festival featuring their work kicks off this weekend.  WMRA's Kimberlea Daggy has this preview of the festival, and the story of how it all got started.

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NPR reporters' analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks from round one of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle.

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Freshman Republican Congressman Ben Cline is continuing to make his way around the sixth district holding town hall meetings.

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The Gemeinschaft Home is a nonprofit in Harrisonburg that helps ex-convicts re-enter society.  Their Community Residential Program is open to men coming out of prison with nonviolent criminal records.

Virginia held primary elections on Tuesday, June 11th.  Find links to results here....

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After a federal court invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, lead partner Dominion Energy has said it intends to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. As WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports, the deadline to file that appeal was recently extended to the end of June.

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With aviation authorities around the world still months away from allowing Boeing's 737 Max planes to fly passengers again, two major airlines are now extending Max flight cancellations into November.

American Airlines announced Monday it is pulling the 737 Max from its schedule through Nov. 2, canceling about 115 flights per day. American reported last week that the Max grounding has already cost the airline $185 million in lost revenue.

Most snowshoes in the United States are probably in storage right now, gathering dust and waiting for temperatures to drop. In the town of Lake Tomahawk in the Northwoods of Wisconsin though, they're getting a lot of use this summer.

Snowshoe baseball is exactly what it sounds like. It's a game of baseball played on snowshoes, though it more closely resembles a bizarre game of softball.

Oklahoma Opioid Trial Ends

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Monday was the last day in a widely-watched trial about opioid addiction in Oklahoma. The state sued opioid manufacturers, but only Johnson & Johnson fought it in court after others settled.

Imagine throngs of people who have never met each other assembling in mid-September before dawn in a Nevada desert town to rush the entrance of Area 51 in search of aliens.

It is a fantastical idea conceived of as a joke on social media, but its popularity has spread fast. On Monday, the number of people who signed up for the tongue-in-cheek Facebook call to "Storm Area 51" exceeded 1 million.

And now, U.S. military officials say they are monitoring the situation.

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