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The WMRA Daily brings you the latest local, regional and statewide news for the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia.

Latest Episodes
  • As some of the larger school systems in northern and eastern Virginia sue Governor Youngkin over his directive lifting Virginia’s mask mandate, some schools in our area say they will keep their masking requirements in place for now… Augusta Health is keeping some COVID patients out of the hospital using monoclonal antibodies… Meanwhile, one of the governor’s big campaign promises was to veterans….
  • A Luray woman is charged with threatening gun violence at a Page County school board meeting over student mask policy… Meanwhile, Governor Youngkin’s order rescinding those school mask mandates takes effect today, but is it legal?... Shenandoah National Park will limit the number of people who can visit one of its most popular sites, Old Rag, which has been overrun with hikers….
  • Governor Youngkin rolls out a new plan to address the vaccination rate and surge in hospitalizations in Virginia… Members of the General Assembly fight back against medical misinformation… In just his first week in office, Youngkin has already picked a few fights on several of his campaign promises, and we’ll take a look at that in our weekly politics chat….
  • In a bitterly divided vote, Staunton city council forces out its city manager… The Wildlife Center of Virginia rescued a record number of animals last year… Governor Youngkin chooses a staffer from the right-wing Heritage Foundation to lead Virginia’s diversity efforts…
  • Today’s theme is Virginia’s schools, and we have news about mask mandates, student testing, a police presence in elementary schools, and school lunches affected by supply chain issues… We also have an analysis if the new governor’s business background, and the role that might play in his term as governor….
  • Renters and their advocates in Waynesboro want better regulation of properties that are often substandard for tenants… JMU follows the new governor’s lead on releasing staff from vaccine requirements, while UVa goes in the other direction… Meanwhile, Governor Youngkin makes his first appearance before the General Assembly…
  • Glenn Youngkin is the new Governor of Virginia, and immediately gets blowback for a series of executive orders on Day 1… Hundreds of former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency urge the Virginia Senate to oppose Youngkin’s pick for Virginia's next secretary of natural resources… Is the omicron variant of the coronavirus causing less severe disease among patients than delta did?
  • Got a construction job you need done? You may have a long wait, and we explore why… The campaign to end solitary confinement in Virginia’s prisons is getting a boost from two state senators, one Democrat, one Republican… It’s an eventful week in Richmond, with a new General Assembly and a new Republican executive branch, and we survey the week in Virginia politics….
  • The General Assembly gavels into session, Governor Northam delivers his final address, and the new Republican Speaker of the House, from the Shenandoah Valley, takes issue with what Northam had to say about Virginia’s history… We conclude our series on Charlottesville city government with a look ahead to what the turmoil of the last few years may cost taxpayers… We have a report on the latest changes at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton….
  • A city council meeting in Staunton is cancelled as three members, including the mayor, decide to skip it… Meanwhile, Harrisonburg council meetings will go back to virtual sessions, and we continue our series looking at Charlottesville’s troubled city government… The next General Assembly session gavels in today, and a new governor is sworn in Saturday, and we have a preview….