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WMRA Daily 1/25/21

7 hours ago

It could be months before those in the next phase of vaccinations get their shots…  Meanwhile, the holiday surge of new COVID-19 cases has slowed…  Protesters demand the release of body-cam footage of the police killing of a Charlottesville man…  We have a General Assembly update….

WMRA Daily 1/21/21

Jan 22, 2021

The names of five family members have been added to a memorial to enslaved workers at the University of Virginia

A bill moving through the General Assembly might help school divisions struggling with access to broadband connections necessary for distance learning

Lawmakers are also re-thinking the definition of a hate crime – and who can be prosecuted

And Virginia’s new bipartisan redistricting commission held their first meeting

WMRA Daily 1/21/21

Jan 21, 2021

Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation share their support for President Joe Biden and his new administration

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors passes a resolution urging Delegate Dave LaRock to resign his post

Legislation clears a House of Delegates committee to ban guns from polling places

And an Ohio-based neo-Nazi group will pay $10,000 to a survivor of a car attack during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville

WMRA Daily 1/20/21

Jan 20, 2021

The top Republican in the House of Delegates, who represents part of the Shenandoah Valley, defends his GOP colleagues who supported President Trump’s lies about the election, and in doing so repeats the false information that there were widespread discrepancies in the voting…  Meanwhile, the state Senate moves to censure Senator Amanda Chase for her role…  Marijuana is on a path to legalization in Virginia, but there are lots of details to work out first….

WMRA Daily 1/19/21

Jan 19, 2021

Senior citizens, teachers, and police and fire fighters in the Shenandoah Valley are among those who can now start getting COVID-19 vaccines, as the Central Shenandoah Health District moves into the next phase of distribution...  Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and several hundred people in Lexington marked the day by honoring the lives, especially Black and brown lives, lost to COVID-19 and racial violence…  We have a review of activity in the General Assembly….

WMRA Daily 1/18/21

Jan 18, 2021

Virginia sets a new record, nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 in one day, as we wait for the next phase of vaccines…  Meanwhile, the outbreak at the Middle River Regional Jail is slowing, but not yet under control…  For the first time on a traditional day for Virginians to have access to their legislators, roads in the city of Richmond are closed today for security reasons….

WMRA Daily 1/15/21

Jan 15, 2021

Every single resident at one nursing home in Staunton has contracted COVID-19, and more than a dozen there have died, as a new report highlights how the virus is raging at nursing homes across Virginia…  Meanwhile, Governor Northam says the state is speeding up vaccine distribution… And the General Assembly, in its first week, starts working on the problem of illegal evictions, and the censure of a radical right-wing Republican state senator….

WMRA Daily 1/14/21

Jan 14, 2021

Virginia’s Democrats and Republicans split on impeachment in the U.S. House…  Meanwhile, in Richmond, the General Assembly is back in session…  House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn strips committee assignments from three Republicans, including two from the WMRA area, for their vocal support for overturning November's election results, and one of those delegates was part of the mob on January 6th….

WMRA Daily 1/13/21

Jan 13, 2021

UVa’s Medical Center bans most visitors due to the threat of COVID-19…  As the General Assembly convenes, one measure might tighten oversight of Dominion Energy, but dealing with the pandemic will likely dominate much of the session…  Meanwhile, officials will close Capitol Square in Richmond to the public on Monday, that’s traditionally a day for constituents to lobby lawmakers, known as “lobby day”….

WMRA Daily 1/12/21

Jan 12, 2021

Richmond is now under an indefinite state of emergency, as the General Assembly gets ready to convene, and we have a preview of the session…  Meanwhile, all of the Democrats in Virginia’s congressional delegation back Trump’s impeachment…  Leaders encourage Americans to stay away from the nation’s capital on Inauguration Day….

WMRA Daily 1/11/21

Jan 11, 2021

As health districts elsewhere plan to begin the next phase of vaccinations, we had a record high in new COVID-19 cases in Virginia over the weekend, and the Shenandoah Valley continues to be a hotspot for the virus…  State Democratic lawmakers call for Amanda Chase’s resignation after she attended the run-up to last week’s insurrection at the Capitol, and some in the state’s congressional delegation are considering several paths to removing President Trump from office…  High school basketball teams in our area started playing games last week in a season shortened and restricted by the pandemic….

WMRA Daily 1/8/21

Jan 8, 2021

Senator Mark Warner calls for a full investigation into the failure of police and federal officials to protect the U.S. Capitol from Wednesday’s pro-Trump mob…  Although Representative Ben Cline has declined to talk with us, Virginia Public Radio managed to get two other Virginia Republicans to talk on the record, defending their votes opposing certification of Joe Biden’s win…  We review the week in Virginia politics with Jeff Shapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch….

WMRA Daily 1/7/21

Jan 7, 2021

Virginia lawmakers, Democratic and Republican, condemn the Trump-incited mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, but hours after the violence Representative Ben Cline still voted to oppose Joe Biden’s win in two states…  Governor Northam lays out a roadmap for next steps in Virginia’s slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines…  A panel of judges selects eight citizen members of the redistricting commission, and none of them are from the WMRA region….

WMRA Daily 1/6/21

Jan 6, 2021

Sixth district Representative Ben Cline says he will join the group of far right Republicans opposing certification of Joe Biden's presidential win during a joint session of Congress…  When the General Assembly meets next week, lawmakers will resume an ongoing debate over paid sick days…  This year’s session is supposed to be just 30 days long, but can legislators end it on time?

WMRA Daily 1/5/21

Jan 5, 2021

As coronavirus shots get dispensed to healthcare workers and nursing residents, Virginia ranks near last in the nation in getting available vaccines out…  The General Assembly convenes for its 2021 session next week, and Republicans aren’t happy that Delegates will be meeting virtually…  Even before last year’s omnibus police reform bill passed in Richmond, Charlottesville had already begun to form a police civilian review board…  So how’s that going now?

WMRA Daily 1/4/21

Jan 4, 2021

Virginia passes a grim milestone to begin the new year – more than 5,000 Virginians have died from COVID-19…  A state senator is the first lawmaker in Virginia to die from the disease…  State lawmakers narrow down the pool of applicants for the citizen spots on the new redistricting commission from more than 1,200 to 62….

WMRA Daily 1/1/21

Jan 1, 2021

As nursing home vaccinations begin, the governor says all long-term care residents and staff could get at least the first dose this month…  The General Assembly meets again this month, and we have a preview…  New Virginia laws in effect in the new year include no driving with a cellphone in your hand, and new training requirements when you apply for a concealed handgun….

WMRA Daily 12/31/20

Dec 31, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine distribution is slower than promised around the country, and that includes Virginia, but officials say that will improve…  Meanwhile, more people in the state are hospitalized with the virus than at any time since the pandemic began…  The pool of applicants for eight citizen spots on the redistricting commission is huge – about 1200 people, but that pool doesn’t represent Virginia’s diversity very well….

WMRA Daily 12/30/20

Dec 30, 2020

A local hemp company will invest millions for a new plant in Elkton, and that’s expected to create two dozen jobs…  The sister of a man killed by Richmond police says she’ll run for governor as a third-party candidate…  Virginia has changed a lot in the last decade, and we have a preview of what the 2020 census might tell us….

WMRA Daily 12/29/20

Dec 29, 2020

Louisa County High School gets a big check from the government to start a cybersecurity academy…  When Virginia’s minimum wage begins going up next year, farm workers will get left out…  In a follow-up report, we explore what UVa researchers think political leaders need to do to heal America’s political divide….

WMRA Daily 12/28/20

Dec 28, 2020

The surge of coronavirus cases in December continues, and Harrisonburg still ranks as one of the most intense areas of infection…  Starting Saturday, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in Virginia will be able to start signing up for the chance to drive legally…  A new UVa study explores the depth of America’s political divide….

WMRA Daily 12/18/20

Dec 18, 2020

We meet the doctor who got the first COVID-19 vaccine at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg…  A statue of civil rights hero Barbara Johns, the Farmville teenager who became part of the case that outlawed segregated schools in 1954, will replace Robert E. Lee at the U.S. Capitol…  Been working from home this year?  Some tips on how to help your dog adjust when you go back to work at the office….

WMRA Daily 12/17/20

Dec 17, 2020

Thousands of households and businesses in Charlottesville and around the Piedmont were without power overnight after Wednesday’s snow and ice storm…  Governor Northam proposes a budget blueprint with $1.2 billion in investments, including a 2 percent raise for teachers…  We go behind the scenes for a glimpse at a classic holiday stage production, in a form that your grandparents might well recognize….

WMRA Daily 12/16/20

Dec 16, 2020

Five Virginians of color from our history are the finalists to replace the statue of Robert E. Lee at the U.S. Capitol…  Even after the pandemic, unemployment may still be a problem in rural areas of the state…  We meet one of the 13 electors who certified Joe Biden’s win in Virginia on Monday….

WMRA Daily 12/15/20

Dec 15, 2020

Front-line health care workers at hospitals in the Valley and Charlottesville begin receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine…  Meanwhile, the rate of the virus's spread in Virginia is increasing…  As Virginia casts its 13 electoral votes for President-Elect Joe Biden, Virginia Republicans try to navigate the transition….

WMRA Daily 12/14/20

Dec 14, 2020

Virginia steps up issuing unemployment assistance for some whose benefits had been put on hold…  In addition to killing thousands of Virginians, and sickening many others, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened already existing shortages of housing and food in Virginia…  When the General Assembly meets again in January, lawmakers are expected to address the way that school districts are funded….

WMRA Daily 12/11/20

Dec 11, 2020

Governor Northam announces a new stay-at-home order amidst a coronavirus surge in Virginia…  Meanwhile, inmates and their advocates appeal to state corrections officials to do more to fight outbreaks at local facilities…  How can senior citizens best navigate the holidays during a pandemic?

WMRA Daily 12/10/20

Dec 10, 2020

The state’s higher education council chooses a national law firm to conduct the state-ordered investigation of VMI…  Meanwhile, Virginia reported the highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases Wednesday, and Governor Northam is expected to announce new restrictions today…  It’s official, former governor Terry McAuliffe wants his old job back, but the political landscape in Virginia has changed….

WMRA Daily 12/9/20

Dec 9, 2020

Virginia reports its two highest daily cases of COVID-19 this week, and as a result health officials say they’ll likely have to scale back on contact tracing…  Meanwhile, the National Guard steps in to respond to a severe outbreak at Middle River Regional Jail…  Virginia’s circuit courts are understaffed, and their workers underpaid, and advocates are pushing for lawmakers to find more money for them….

WMRA Daily 12/8/20

Dec 8, 2020

VMI removes its controversial statue of Stonewall Jackson, now headed to its new home at the New Market Battlefield…  Meanwhile, two of Breonna Taylor’s aunts attended the governor’s ceremonial signing of Breonna’s Law, a statewide ban on the use of no-knock search warrants…  The eight legislators who will serve on the new redistricting commission include two senior members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus….

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