WMRA Daily

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

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WMRA Daily 9/17/21

Sep 17, 2021

The major-party candidates for governor square off in the first of two debates, and we have a review and analysis…  The department of health announces a digital option for your COVID-19 vaccination card…  As Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts continue, a survey shows strong support for keeping it healthy….

WMRA Daily 9/16/21

Sep 16, 2021

Now that kids are back inside school buildings, officials have to make sure they don’t spread the coronavirus…  A Culpeper County couple sues an electric company for trying to install internet cable lines along their property without their consent…  We have a preview of Thursday night’s virtual debate between the two major-party governor candidates, and an interview with the third-party candidate not invited….

WMRA Daily 9/15/21

Sep 15, 2021

A year after the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, we check in with one historically Black community that was to be in the path of a compressor station…  UVa and Mary Baldwin team up to teach future health professionals to work with kids with autism and other disabilities…  Virginia Tech breaks ground on a new innovation campus in northern Virginia….

WMRA Daily 9/14/21

Sep 14, 2021

Hospitals in our area are feeling the strain of new COVID cases, but some are faring better than others…  Governor Northam touts Virginia’s sweeping voting rights act, the first of its kind in the South…  The campaign for governor is reaching into your grocery cart….

WMRA Daily 9/13/21

Sep 13, 2021

The number of Virginians hospitalized with COVID-19 has leveled off, but the rate of spread of the disease is still high across the state…  JMU biologists patent a device to study some of the tiniest mammals around…  We talk with author Earl Swift, this month’s Books & Brews special guest, about the importance of the moon missions you may not remember….

WMRA Daily 9/10/21

Sep 10, 2021

Harrisonburg residents debate whether police officers should be removed from the city’s schools…  A D.C.-based restaurant chain will invest in a new facility in Augusta County, creating dozens of news jobs…  We review the week in Virginia politics….

WMRA Daily 9/9/21

Sep 9, 2021

After Tuesday’s contentious city council meeting, Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker says she will not run for re-election in November…  The Lee statue in Richmond finally came down Wednesday, and we have reaction…  Meanwhile, Bath and Highland County schools are delayed or temporarily closed, due to COVID-19….

WMRA Daily 9/8/21

Sep 8, 2021

Charlottesville’s mayor apologizes for the firing of the city’s police chief…  As the Lee statue in Richmond comes down, the pedestal’s time capsule is being replaced, and we take a look inside…  Some bigger Virginia cities are implementing new plastic bag taxes….

WMRA Daily 9/7/21

Sep 7, 2021

The giant statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond will come down on Wednesday…  The new restrictive Texas abortion law turns up the heat on the race for governor in Virginia…  A series of concerts in Richmond will feature violins that belonged to Jewish musicians who died in the Holocaust….

WMRA Daily 9/6/21

Sep 6, 2021

New COVID cases are still high, particularly Augusta County, where anti-mask sentiment is also very high…  But the number of new cases has plateaued in the last week…  We have a look at the U-S Census, and problems counting college students….

WMRA Daily 9/3/21

Sep 3, 2021

The state Supreme Court says the giant Lee statue in Richmond can finally come down…  One person is confirmed dead in southwestern Virginia due to flooding from this week’s storms…  We have our weekly Virginia politics chat….

WMRA Daily 9/2/21

Sep 2, 2021

Charlottesville fires its police chief…  It’s official – all state employees must now be vaccinated, or tested regularly for COVID-19…  How to make beach umbrellas safer….

WMRA Daily 9/1/21

Sep 1, 2021

Governor Northam declares a state of emergency as Ida moves through, and some local school systems are affected…  The governor also pardons the so-called Martinsville 7…  More veterans have called a suicide prevention hotline since the Taliban took over Kabul, and Virginia Senators Kaine and Warner say the government must boost mental health services for them….

WMRA Daily 8/31/21

Aug 31, 2021

Staunton prepares for another potential flooding event from Ida, just over a year after severe floods devastated downtown…  Augusta Health says it’s overwhelmed with new COVID cases, and that’s starting to affect other services, including elective surgeries…  Meanwhile, GOP governor candidate Glenn Youngkin calls for an end to mask mandates and says he opposes COVID-related restrictions….

WMRA Daily 8/30/21

Aug 30, 2021

New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to climb after the summer respite, mostly among the unvaccinated…  Meanwhile, universities are cracking down to stop the spread, but in varying ways…  Are Virginians willing to pay higher taxes?  As with many questions, it depends, and we take a look at the results of a new poll….

WMRA Daily 8/27/21

Aug 27, 2021

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine say they’re closely monitoring the situation in Kabul;

Virginia students' performance on Standards of Learning tests plummeted during the  pandemic;

The Gloucester County School Board has agreed to pay over $1 million in attorney’s fees and costs to resolve a case against former student Gavin Grimm;

And more young children are being admitted to emergency rooms in Virginia for ingesting marijuana    

WMRA Daily 8/26/21

Aug 26, 2021

Sentara RHM Medical Center and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital give their staff eight weeks to become fully vaccinated

The Virginia Department of Health reinstates information on COVID-19 outbreaks on their online dashboards

The Virginia Department of Transportation seeks input on expanding Interstate 81 at the junction with Interstate 64 in Staunton

And Virginia explores ways to help low income people connect to the internet

WMRA Daily 8/25/21

Aug 25, 2021

Virginia regulators deny a request from Appalachian Power to pass the cost of upgrades to consumers

Children who are fully masked in school and come in contact with someone with COVID-19 do NOT have to quarantine

People in Virginia assist Afghan refugees in navigating the immigration process

And how the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine has affected the governor’s race in Virginia

WMRA Daily 8/24/21

Aug 24, 2021

A refugee advocate in Virginia talks about the challenges in finding housing for Afghan refugees

Virginia becomes a national leader in distributing federal rental assistance funds

Virginia’s redistricting commission decides to start from scratch in drawing new political maps next week

And marking the tenth anniversary of an historic earthquake in Louisa County

WMRA Daily 8/23/21

Aug 23, 2021

The University of Virginia dis-enrolled 240 students for not folliwing their vaccination rules.

Student athletes in Virginia have new protections from the General Assembly to secure their ability to sell their name, image, and likeness.

The race for govenor of Virginia is heating up as new polling data show the race is as tight as ever.

And the Wildlife Center of Virginia has released a bald eagle into the wild.

WMRA Daily 8/20/21

Aug 20, 2021

Albemarle county supervisors unanimously vote to ban guns in county buildings, parks and community centers

Virginia is investing more than $10 million to replace diesel school buses with clean alternatives. 

The editor in chief of James Madison University's student newspaper has sued the university for unreleased COVID-19 data

And Mary Baldwin University hires a new basketball coach

WMRA Daily 08/19/2021

Aug 19, 2021

Senator Mark Warner says he plans on looking into failures surrounding the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan

A new report details the coastal impacts of human-caused climate change in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam urges students and parents to comply with his executive order requiring masks in Virginia schools

And the commonwealth closes out the fiscal year with the largest surplus in its history

WMRA Daily 8/18/21

Aug 18, 2021

The influence of partisanship on Virginia’s new redistricting commission

Planning commissions in the commonwealth deliberate restrictions on solar panels

The Virginia Department of Health reconsiders reporting the specific locations of COVID-19 outbreaks

And Shenandoah National Park seeks feedback on proposed fee increases

WMRA Daily 8/17/21

Aug 17, 2021

Officials are asking for the public's help in tracking an insect threatening Virginia’s fruit crops and vineyards

Delays at the Census Bureau complicate the  work of the Virginia Redistricting Commission

Schools across the commonwealth getting ready to receive federal stimulus money to upgrade HVAC systems

And as cities across the South contemplate what to do with their Confederate statues, some suggest melting them down for new sculptures 

WMRA Daily 08/16/2021

Aug 16, 2021

A third coronavirus vaccine shot? An update on the eviction moratorium; more money for sewer systems and broadband across the commonwealth; and your chance to be a movie star. Those stories and more coming up on the WMRA Daily for Monday, August 16th

WMRA Daily 8/13/21

Aug 13, 2021

The Northam administration is fed up with some local school districts flouting CDC guidelines for masks in schools, and now the order is out – all schools must mask up for the fall…  We have an update on COVID numbers from the Central Shenandoah Health District…  The census bureau releases long-awaited population data….

WMRA Daily 8/12/21

Aug 12, 2021

As COVID-19 again spreads, the number of hospitalizations due to the disease in Virginia nears 1000…  The first meeting of a commission on campaign finance reform is cancelled because it conflicts with a fundraiser for Virginia Democrats…  The latest poll shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a slim lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin in the governor’s race….

WMRA Daily 8/11/21

Aug 11, 2021

Democrats in Richmond elect a diverse slate of judges for new spots on the Appeals Court, four of them Black, four of them women, and one of them a lawyer from Charlottesville…  More on the debate over whether local school districts must adopt mask mandates…  We have the story of a start-up in Charlottesville that aims to make public places more accessible to those with mobility issues….

WMRA Daily 8/10/21

Aug 10, 2021

JMU joins other universities in requiring everyone on campus indoors to wear a mask, at least temporarily…  A review of the General Assembly special session, with an approved budget and a slate of new judges…  As sea levels rise along Virginia’s coast, the state is collecting stories from those now bearing the brunt.…

WMRA Daily 8/9/21

Aug 9, 2021

If you’re going into a UVa building today, you’ll need to wear a facemask…  The General Assembly strikes a deal on stimulus spending…  The U.S. Senate passes Tim Kaine’s legislation to provide more mental health resources for healthcare workers, in honor of a doctor from Charlottesville who took her own life during the pandemic….