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WMRA Daily 9/22/17

Sep 22, 2017

Charlottesville Congressman Tom Garrett is working for the release of two pastors imprisoned in Sudan… we have a preview of Tomtoberfest… and, the next installment in our Women of Interest series, a woman on a mission to heal as much of the world as she can….

WMRA Daily 9/21/17

Sep 21, 2017

Tens of thousands more kids in Virginia are eating school breakfasts, according to the Governor… another concern facing state lawmakers is how to better serve children who face violence or trauma at home… and, we meet the members of a collaborative effort in Charlottesville to provide counseling and healing after the traumatic events of August….

WMRA Daily 9/20/17

Sep 20, 2017

The two major party gubernatorial candidates sparred over taxes, Trump, and Confederate monuments last night… Robert E. Lee’s church in Lexington is no longer named after him after a vote Tuesday… and, Charlottesville’s black residents look at an uncertain future, after a violent summer....

WMRA Daily 9/19/17

Sep 19, 2017

Virginia State Police warn of a new email scam… we have a preview of Tuesday night’s debate between the major party candidates for governor… and, we visit last weekend’s air show near Bridgewater, as a company called Dynamic Aviation celebrates it’s 50th anniversary….

WMRA Daily 9/18/17

Sep 18, 2017

UVa announces its new president, the ninth in its history… Anthem changes its mind, and says it WILL offer health insurance plans in Virginia under the ACA… and, a new threat to the ongoing recovery of the bald eagle population in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 9/15/17

Sep 15, 2017

UVa says it will donate to a fund helping people injured on August 12 in Charlottesville, in rebuke to the K-K-K… the Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a law that keeps state regulators away from a portion of electric rates… protesters showed up at D-E-Q offices around the state, including the one in Harrisonburg, to make their voices heard against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline….

WMRA Daily 9/14/17

Sep 14, 2017

UVa’s president says those who covered a statue of Thomas Jefferson desecrated sacred ground… Virginia’s health insurance market is teetering, especially for poor people, even as coverage is up because of the ACA… and, in the next episode of Women of Interest, we meet an 82-year-old bookkeeper whose work ethic would put most of us to shame….

WMRA Daily 9/13/17

Sep 13, 2017

The Senate and House yesterday both passed a resolution, introduced by Virginia’s Senators, condemning white supremacists, and calling on Trump to do so… VMI in Lexington says it will keep its Confederate statues… and, investigative journalists discuss the state of their profession in the age of Trump….

WMRA Daily 9/12/17

Sep 12, 2017

A new report from UVa says campus police failed to enforce fire bans on university grounds during a torchlit white supremacist rally last month… Harrisonburg’s Cesar Lara Rios gets more time to make his case to stay in the U.S.… and, Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly weighs in on the question of race, and monuments, in Charlottesville and elsewhere….

WMRA Daily 9/11/17

Sep 11, 2017

The Charlottesville area SPCA rescues animals from Houston, and some of them should be available for adoption today…. Meanwhile, in Harrisonburg, the city may decide to switch animal shelter services away from the local SPCA, but it they do, what would the county do?... and, a new project at UVa's law school aims to improve the criminal justice system….

WMRA Daily 9/8/17

Sep 8, 2017

A major health insurer in Virginia says it’s pulling out of the subsidized market created by the Affordable Care Act… UVa’s President Sullivan assesses the university’s response to the violent rallies of August… and, a look at the prospects for farming hemp in Virginia, one JMU professor is working on that….

WMRA Daily 9/7/17

Sep 7, 2017

Trump says he was worried about a potential lawsuit by states over maintaining the DACA policy.... Now he’s got one from fifteen states, including Virginia, over his decision to scrap it… A big, free unity concert in Charlottesville is announced… and, we tour a new maker space in Lexington…

WMRA Daily 9/6/17

Sep 6, 2017

Charlottesville residents and activists express anger not just over last month’s violence, but ongoing conditions for the city’s poor, as Council votes to remove another Confederate statue… Virginia’s economy will take a big hit as DACA is rescinded… and, local photographer Howard Zehr revisits prisoners doing life…

WMRA Daily 9/5/17

Sep 5, 2017

In Culpeper County, a new lawsuit against Virginia’s Department of Corrections over a magazine with nudity…. A judge dismisses a federal lawsuit against the County over the building of a proposed mosque…. And, the next installment of our Women of Interest series…

WMRA Daily 9/4/17

Sep 4, 2017

Another Confederate statue may be targeted for removal in Charlottesville… As the Labor Day weekend ends today, State Police say traffic deaths in Virginia are up over last year… and, eight years after the Great Recession began, Virginia paychecks are still lagging behind….

WMRA Daily 9/1/17

Sep 1, 2017

Charlottesville again in the news today…. Opponents to the city’s proposed removal of the Lee statue will get a hearing in court, and a couple of white supremacists who defended that statue in the violent August 12th rally are getting pressed through the court system…. Also, it’s Anicira versus the SPCA – who will provide animal services for the city of Harrisonburg in the future?  We take a look…

WMRA Daily 8/31/17

Aug 31, 2017

Charlottesville city officials met behind closed doors Wednesday, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized… we’ll find out why…. Virginia rescue crews are headed to Texas to help with the flooding from Harvey…. And Senator Tim Kaine calls the questions over the future of the DACA program for Dreamers “an existential crisis”…

WMRA Daily 8/30/17

Aug 30, 2017

Two men have been identified as part of the violence in Charlottesville – one in Georgia has been arrested, and one in Ohio is fighting extradition to Virginia… and, a look at how young many of those running for the House of Delegates are this year…

WMRA Daily 8/29/17

Aug 29, 2017

The commonwealth’s shrinking juvenile prison population, and Charlottesville’s court battle over removing the statue of Robert E. Lee.

WMRA Daily 8/28/17

Aug 28, 2017

A ten day march from Charlottesville to Washington DC begins today.  New charges filed against three people involved in the deadly Charlottesville rally.  And candidates for governor weigh in on what to do with the commonwealth’s many confederate statues.

WMRA Daily 8/25/17

Aug 25, 2017

Actions taken by Governor Terry McAuliffe -  a new commission to study radicalism and racism, funds to expand a craft brewery in Augusta County, and contemplating whether or not to approve water quality permits for pipelines.

WMRA Daily 8/24/17

Aug 24, 2017

Do ban the box laws do more harm than good?  The high cost of higher education is getting even higher, and a present for expectant parents.

WMRA Daily 8/23/17

Aug 23, 2017

A fresh poll from Roanoke College shows Democrat Ralph Northam still holding a lead in the governor’s race, and Virginians deeply divided on a number of issues… we also take a look at a new way to get local wheat to your kitchen table, that’s a lot like the old way…

WMRA Daily 8/22/17

Aug 22, 2017

Angry Charlottesville citizens took over Monday night’s city council meeting for a while, the first since the deadly white supremacist rally, and WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there… meanwhile, students are returning to UVa this week, and some of them and their families are concerned in the wake of the violence of August 12th… and, Virginia wraps up its fiscal year in good standing…

WMRA Daily 8/21/17

Aug 21, 2017

State lawmakers from the WMRA region call for the DEQ to slow down its process for evaluating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… meanwhile, in the wake of Charlottesville, many lawmakers, and citizens, are re-evaluating the permitting process for mass rallies, and also not just whether Confederate monuments should come down, but whether public fixtures such as schools and bridges should be renamed…

WMRA Daily 8/18/17

Aug 18, 2017

Senator Mark Warner says he sees some good that may come out of Trump’s comments on Charlottesville… We’ll have the latest on the legal battle over the Robert E. Lee statue, that is at the center of what happened in Charlottesville last weekend… and, we look at how some faith leaders are responding to Charlottesville, and to the problems of race more broadly…

WMRA Daily 8/17/17

Aug 17, 2017

Hundreds gather to remember Heather Heyer, killed in last Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville… later, many people marched peacefully through the U-V-A grounds in a candlelight vigil against hate and violence, as Governor Terry McAuliffe joins calls for localities to take down Confederate monuments… and, we profile Harrisonburg midwife Misty Ward for the next part of our Women of Interest series…

WMRA Daily 8/16/17

Aug 16, 2017

Two people injured in the car attack in Charlottesville on Saturday are suing the alleged perpetrator, and the organizers of the white supremacist rally…  non-profits, including thrift stores, in Rockingham County will be paying to leave materials at the county landfill for the first time in years, beginning in 2018… and, we’ve got tips on safely viewing next Monday’s solar eclipse...

WMRA Daily 8/15/17

Aug 15, 2017

Chief Al Thomas defends the Charlottesville police in the face of criticism, again, after Saturday’s violence there, and he expresses regret for the loss of life… meanwhile, members of the community try to begin healing... and, insurance providers in Virginia’s ACA marketplace get shuffled….

WMRA Daily 8/14/17

Aug 14, 2017

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the KKK descend, once again, on Charlottesville… As violence broke out on Saturday, one woman is killed by an alleged neo-Nazi… we will remember Heather Heyer, and we’ll have an overview of the weekend and the aftermath….

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