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Virginia’s top prosecutor calls for legalized marijuana.  A local airport works to get women flying.  Beware the bear…and the tic.  And former convicts go solar to re-enter society.

WMRA Daily 6/14/19

Jun 14, 2019

The former clerk of Charlottesville’s city council is indicted for embezzlement…  Lawyers for Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax ask prosecutors in three states to open a criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations against him…  The "Virginia Is For Lovers" slogan turns 50 this summer….

WMRA Daily 6/13/19

Jun 13, 2019

An outbreak of mumps at an immigration detention center in Farmville is growing…  An ammonia leak at a poultry plant in Dayton sends seven people to the hospital…  Orange County will soon be the site of a big new solar energy project….

WMRA Daily 6/12/19

Jun 12, 2019

Brent Finnegan and Emmett Hanger are big winners from yesterday’s primaries – we have a look at some of the highlights…  Senator Tim Kaine urges Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold votes on what Kaine calls common sense gun safety reforms…  And, Senator Kaine says vaping by young people is so widespread that it’s wiped out the gains in cutting smoking – we do some fact-checking of that claim….

WMRA Daily 6/11/19

Jun 11, 2019

Today is primary election day in Virginia, at least in some districts… The plaintiffs suing the City of Charlottesville over Confederate monuments want to move the proceedings, citing potential jury bias in Charlottesville… A JMU program aims to boost the number of college grads by working with first-generation college students -- starting in middle school….

WMRA Daily 6/10/19

Jun 10, 2019

Virginia’s primary elections in some General Assembly districts are Tuesday, but many voters will have to wait until the general election to actually make a choice… Governor Ralph Northam announced last week that the special legislative session on gun control will begin Tuesday, July 9th… Meanwhile, the governor continues to bring attention to the issue of gun violence, attending the funeral service of a young girl shot and killed in Richmond….

WMRA Daily 6/7/19

Jun 7, 2019

A national rating of nursing homes gives a failing grade to one facility in Fishersville, citing patient abuse and failure to provide medicine properly…  One appeal challenging the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court…  Thousands of visitors attend a remembrance honoring veterans at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford....

WMRA Daily 6/6/19

Jun 6, 2019

Gold Star parent and Donald Trump critic Khizr Khan will deliver the keynote address at the July 4 naturalization ceremony at Monticello…  A look at the overlooked resurgence of parts of rural Virginia…  We tap into some magic, with local players of the fantasy game Magic: The Gathering, ahead of a big tournament in Richmond later this year….

WMRA Daily 6/5/19

Jun 5, 2019

Governor Northam calls for votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers, in response to Virginia Beach… Republican leaders in the General Assembly say that’s unlikely… Virginia agriculture officials quarantine Winchester and Frederick County to stop the spread of an invasive insect….

WMRA Daily 6/4/19

Jun 4, 2019

Plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit over white supremacist violence in Charlottesville say the defendants are withholding information in the case, and should be punished…  We explore whether public schools in Virginia are doing all they can to help students who don’t get enough to eat...  We begin an occasional series on housing in our area….

WMRA Daily 6/3/19

Jun 3, 2019

A lumber company in Crozet gets slapped with a $24,000 fine due to the death of an employee last year…  The number of homeless people in the Shenandoah Valley, especially children, is rising…  After the brutal abuse of a pit bull named Tommie, animal cruelty is now a felony in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 5/31/19

May 31, 2019

Regulators deny Costco’s bid to shop for an electricity provider other than Dominion…  Voters are about to vote in primaries across Virginia, but the Supreme Court is still considering a challenge to a dozen districts…  One man is trying to help right the wrong done to African American students in Prince Edward County during the era of school segregation….

WMRA Daily 5/30/19

May 30, 2019

In a town hall meeting in Amherst, Ben Cline calls Washington a circus, and claims the Mueller report closes the book on the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia in 2016…  Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline urge a judge to remove the last remaining tree-sitters blocking construction…  Some residents in Cumberland County fight development of a huge new landfill….

WMRA Daily 5/29/19

May 29, 2019

Charlottesville police arrest a 14-year-old boy for making an online threat targeting Charlottesville City Schools – but they say schools will be open Wednesday…  The governor signs into law expanded health coverage for kids with autism…  One company in Charlottesville takes a new approach to getting prescriptions on the market….

WMRA Daily 5/28/19

May 28, 2019

Another UVa men's team are national champs, as the Cavaliers lacrosse team defeats Yale…  Sea levels are rising faster than predicted, and we take a look at the threat along Virginia’s coast…  Even as fewer men are farming, more women are taking up the plow….

WMRA Daily 5/27/19

May 27, 2019

Less than a week after Augusta County votes down one big solar company proposal, officials are considering another major facility from a different solar company…  A who's-who of UVa basketball royalty comes out to watch the demolition of U-Hall…   Democrats in Virginia are divided about whether to impeach the president….

WMRA Daily 5/24/19

May 24, 2019

A judge orders state police to release a redacted copy of their operational plans for the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville…  The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher at Monticello High, in part to recognize her work to heal the city since that violence…  Former President Bill Clinton wraps up the three-day Presidential Ideas Festival, sharply criticizing President Trump for dividing the country over Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 5/23/19

May 23, 2019

The big investigation into who was in that racist photo in Ralph Northam’s yearbook… kind of turned up a big nothingburger, with no real answers… The Augusta County Board of Supervisors rejects a big solar project by one vote…  The Presidential Ideas Festival continues in Charlottesville....

WMRA Daily 5/22/19

May 22, 2019

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli apparently plans to join the Trump administration as a sort of anti-immigration "czar"…  The findings of an investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Governor Ralph Northam will be released today…  And we continue our series on May as “Second Chance Month” for Virginia’s inmates….

WMRA Daily 5/21/19

May 21, 2019

Opening arguments begin in a lawsuit challenging abortion restrictions in Virginia…  Governor Northam returns to Augusta County…  We take a look at the candidates this year who need to play catch up in raising money, now that the General Assembly session is over….

WMRA Daily 5/20/19

May 20, 2019

Harrisonburg police are searching for a man missing since May 10th…  Police charge a Charlottesville man with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of another man along the Rivanna River Trail…  An Ohio man sues white supremacists and neo-Nazis in federal court -- he says he was severely injured during their violent rally in Charlottesville nearly two years ago….

WMRA Daily 5/17/19

May 17, 2019

Harrisonburg City Council moves one step closer to eliminating a controversial fee on inmates at the Rockingham County Jail…  The Middle River Regional Jail will have a new superintendent beginning in June…  Does the brain drain from southwestern and Southside Virginia show signs of reversing?

WMRA Daily 5/16/19

May 16, 2019

Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, testifies before a House Committee about white supremacist violence…  Waynesboro eliminates some teacher positions, but manages to do so without layoffs, and remaining staff will still get a raise…  For the first time in nearly two decades, most public universities in Virginia will NOT increase tuition for the coming school year….

WMRA Daily 5/15/19

May 15, 2019

Authorities ID the man killed on the Appalachian Trail in southwestern Virginia Saturday, he was from Oklahoma…  A Virginia law that says only physicians may perform first-trimester abortions is still on the books after a judge overrules himself…  The developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline will pay more than a quarter of a million dollars in fines for violating environmental rules in West Virginia….

WMRA Daily 5/14/19

May 14, 2019

Waynesboro City Council defends it’s 7% tax hike, local police kick off Police Week in Charlottesville, and crews prepare for UVA Commencement.

WMRA Daily 5/13/19

May 13, 2019

ICE opponents protest a move by the federal immigration enforcement agency to a bigger office across the street in Harrisonburg…  Police say the remains of three people have been discovered after an explosion at a gas station near Buena Vista…  More than a dozen state lawmakers, including several from the Shenandoah Valley, are calling on Congress to find more money to improve safety along Interstate 81….

WMRA Daily 5/10/19

May 10, 2019

An African American man from North Carolina makes what he calls a “One Man Stand” as a Union soldier at Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue…  A healthcare group addresses the spike in psychiatric admissions to Virginia hospitals by proposing more outpatient services…  We experience a day in the life of the sheriff of Highland County, the smallest county in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 5/9/19

May 9, 2019

A North Carolina man, inspired by the toppling of the Silent Sam Confederate statue in Chapel Hill, will hold a vigil at Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue, dressed as a Union soldier…  This was supposed to be a good year for Democrats in Virginia, but so far Republicans are raising more cash…  UVa researchers are working on a safer seat belt….

WMRA Daily 5/8/19

May 8, 2019

Groups from across the political spectrum are uniting against Dominion Power and its grip on Virginia’s energy market…  A federal judge strikes down a Virginia law that allows only physicians to perform first-trimester abortions…  Soon, Virginians going through a mental health crisis will no longer be hauled off to the hospital in a police car….

WMRA Daily 5/7/19

May 7, 2019

Emotions flare at Charlottesville’s city council over a dispute about the police chief's availability to meet with the Police Civilian Review Board… Governor Northam touts new jobs and construction at the Merck plant in Elkton, and meets with local teachers…  There’s a new dinosaur in town, thanks to a discovery by a Virginia Tech paleontologist….