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WMRA Daily
Weekday Podcast

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

Latest Episodes
  • A former cop from southwest Virginia gets one of the longest prison sentences yet for storming the U-S Capitol on January 6th… Senator Kaine visits the Winchester area to promote local education and infrastructure projects… Charlottesville residents reflect on life there five years after the Summer of Hate, and what remains to be done….
  • Harrisonburg’s low-barrier homeless shelter will soon be looking for its own home, and city officials are appealing for help from the community… As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, a conversation with the photographer who took the iconic, disturbing, Pulitzer Prize winning photo of the car that killed protesters, and another photographer with a new show on the downtown mall… We visit a new cat café in Newport News, and there’s one coming to Harrisonburg, too….
  • Virginia’s governor joins the Republican chorus in criticizing the FBI and Justice Department over the search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate… Deaths at Virginia’s behavioral health facilities increase again for the second year in a row… The much-anticipated Perseid meteor shower peaks on Friday, and we get some viewing tips from a local sky guy….
  • Some Virginians can get state assistance to stay cool for the remainder of the summer… Richmond police are now refusing to talk about an alleged July 4th mass shooting plot that the city prosecutor disputed… Some Appalachian environmentalists worry that Democrats have yielded too much in their big climate bill to pro-pipeline West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin….
  • As the fall semester approaches, Charlottesville and Albemarle County say options for virtual learning will be limited, and in Rockingham County, one conservative board member wants to restrict what students can ask teachers to call them… State regulators approve a Dominion plan for an enormous offshore wind farm, to be paid for largely by customers… Prosecutors want an eight-year prison sentence for a police officer from southwestern Virginia who was part of the January 6th mob….
  • The Hispanic fest returns to Harrisonburg this weekend, Virginia’s Attorney General is cracking down on robo-calls, parental notification for sexually explicit classroom materials gets closer to realization, and Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope discuss all of this week’s political happenings.This is the WMRA Daily for Friday, August 5th…
  • The historian whom Governor Youngkin picked for a state post has resigned after controversy over her statements praising Confederate monuments… Transmission tower construction by Dominion has some trails temporarily closed in the George Washington National Forest… Some gun advocates in Virginia want teachers to be armed….
  • Virginia’s expansion of Medicaid a few years ago, led by former Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, has markedly decreased the number of poorer residents without health insurance… A Charlottesville city employee who was present at the January 6th Capitol insurrection will remain on the payroll… The Farmville school that became a part of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case is now part of a national park….
  • It’s August, that means school bells will soon be ringing in hallways around Virginia, but there’s still a teacher shortage… Did you fill up your gas tank over the weekend? You may have noticed the price was just below $4 for the first time in months… The Mountain Valley Pipeline is struggling, but environmentalists worry that Congress may give it a boost….
  • Cameras to monitor classroom content, better fitting naval uniforms, the closure of a 172-year-old flour and feed mill, and a local veterinarian loses his license…