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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
  • The state Board of Education advances a controversial draft of new K-through-12 history standards, but they’re still a long way from being used in the classroom… Lots of activity in the General Assembly, which is approaching a deadline to advance bills next week, and we have a round-up, and analysis from Jeff Schapiro… WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi tags along with the park rangers who rescue people experiencing mishaps in Shenandoah National Park….
  • The Bridgewater College community marks one year since the shooting that killed two campus officers… Governor Youngkin removes from consideration two controversial candidates to serve on UVa’s governing board… A budgeting mistake that overpromised money to public schools has lawmakers scrambling to balance the books….
  • The recent shooting at an elementary school in Newport News has some lawmakers pushing to require safe storage of firearms… Due to a mathematical error, schools in Virginia will get about $200 million less from the state than they thought… A group of local high schoolers get an exclusive tour of Grand Caverns….
  • Some of the $200 million in federal funding for community projects is coming to our region to help pay for housing, a Valley rail trail and other projects… The Virginia Board of Education will consider a new draft of state history standards, and we have more from Richmond and the General Assembly… Full Disclosure’s Roben Farzad discusses the impact of AI chatbot technology….
  • Agricultural officials report a second case of avian influenza in Rockingham County… In the General Assembly, lawmakers debate bills to ban solitary confinement, expand broadband, and allow for a casino in Petersburg… But it looks like a proposal to legalize deer hunting year round won’t go anywhere….
  • Senator Warner says that it’s time for Republicans to ‘put up or shut up’ in their demands for spending cuts before they agree to raise the debt ceiling… Democrats in the General Assembly kill three Republican bills that would have restricted abortion access, and we have a report and analysis from Jeff Schapiro… In our latest episode of Folklife Fieldnotes, we head to the local basements where punk music thrives….
  • State Senator Creigh Deeds introduces a bill to fund an expansion of mental health services… Senate Democrats block Republican legislation that would remove Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative… Every seat in the General Assembly is up for election this year, and lawmakers are considering greater use of ranked-choice voting….
  • In the General Assembly, Republicans advance the much of the governor’s tax relief agenda, but that’s less certain in the Democratic-led Senate… Young women in Albemarle County mobilize to ensure access to period products… Farmers in Rockingham County gather for a program that aims to reduce work-related injuries….
  • A busy General Assembly this week, debating further gun control measures, deadlines for farmers to reduce runoff, and smart technology… Full Disclosure’s Roben Farzad joins us to discuss a big new announcement from Amazon and the state government to build more data centers, but there’s much concern over those plans….
  • A judge throws out former Charlottesville police chief Rashall Brackney’s $10 million lawsuit against the city… In the General Assembly, Democrats are poised to block Republican efforts to roll back election reforms, and abortion rights…. We evaluate Republican claims that President Biden will unleash 87,000 IRS agents on taxpayers….