Child welfare advocates in Rockbridge are filing an appeal this week with the Virginia Department of Social Services, or DSS, following the state agency’s decision not to have local board members removed.  Advocates say board members failed to address deep problems inside the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has more.

A Pipeline Update: Where Things Stand Now

Aug 20, 2018
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Virginia’s Water Control Board will meet Tuesday, August 21, to consider the question of whether the state should be inspecting every point on a river or stream where pipeline builders propose to cross. 

Andrew Jenner

It’s the time of year when college students come flooding back into Harrisonburg. But that’s not the only age group flocking in.  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Some residents in Charlottesville fear a repeat of last August’s mayhem that resulted in the deaths of counter-protester Heather Heyer and two police officers.  What can we expect this weekend?  WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.

Officials have declared a state of emergency for Charlottesville and the Commonwealth in advance of this weekend.  If white supremacists return to Charlottesville, they will find a very different city.  Besides the state of emergency, new leaders are in charge, and there is an even larger group of vocal opponents.  Virginia Public Radio’s Sandy Hausman reports.

National Night Out

Tuesday evening [August 7], police departments across the nation, including in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, will try to foster a sense of community with the neighborhoods they police.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Camp Kesem

A nationwide community of college students is offering a summer camp where the children of parents with cancer can have fun, and just be – and become – themselves. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Jessie Knadler

If you’ve spent any time in Staunton this summer you may have noticed the city is peppered with signs that say either ‘Save the Name’… or ‘Change the Name’.  It’s part of the contentious debate over whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School, or keep it as is. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler heard from residents – and students – and got some historical perspective, too.

WMRA is making some changes to our lineup of shows starting Wednesday, August 1st and Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th. 

To see the new WMRA schedule, click here.

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We're pleased to welcome Chris Boros as WMRA’s new Program Director.

“Public Radio is in my blood.  I have a passion for great sound and audio and I’m excited to be working with pros like Bob Leweke and Kimberlea Daggy.  WMRA is a station that serves a beautiful community.  I’m happy to be here.”


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