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White supremacist Cantwell is too chatty for prosecutors.  Manufactured homes: an affordable option, but legal protections are weak.  Manafort’s lawyers want fewer liberals in the jury pool.  A Virginia congressman warns that the navy is undersourced and overstretched.

The Attorney General goes after fox pens. The legislature moves to protect Virginians from surprise medical bills. UVA finds low confidence in elections. Construction is underway to commemorate historic but unsung women of Virginia.

Republicans focus on mental health for school safety.  Overdoses surge in Harrisonburg.  Charlottesville renames two parks – again.

The AG wants an abortion lawsuit tossed.  The state wants you to raise bees.  Virginia Tech freshman are more diverse than ever.  The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center draws intense scrutiny.

Kessler discourages armed rallies.  Invading plant causes major burns.  Medicaid doctors are abundant…or are they?  The state is flush, with help from the lottery, but what about schools?  Virginia folk culture: preserved and on display at Highland.

The Virginia House looks for school safety solutions.  The lottery wins big.  ICE wants to  hurry up in Bowling Green.  Senator Warner wants answers on SVJC.

It’s getting harder to eavesdrop on the police. A donation gets confederate leaders off three schools. DEQ dings Mountain Valley. Virginia Tech commemorates a fallen graduate.

A phone scam tries to scare you into paying up.  The Klan is recruiting in the north.  Kids get access to meals this summer.  A Charlottesville car dealer goes solar.

A helicopter crashes in Williamsburg.  The victim of a holiday accident is found.  History gets preserved. A local lynching victim is the focus of a pilgrimage.

WMRA Daily 7/6/18

Jul 6, 2018

The Ohio man accused of federal hate crimes for driving through a crowd in Charlottesville pleads not guilty… Virginia’s farmers are worried about Chinese retaliation for Trump’s tariffs… Virginia’s honeybee numbers are sharply down after a rough winter….

WMRA Daily 7/5/18

Jul 5, 2018

Dozens of people from 35 countries are new citizens, after Monticello’s annual Independence Day naturalization ceremony… A Verona woman is dead after being struck by a car, and the driver is charged with DUI… Is Virginia’s safety net crumbling?

WMRA Daily 7/4/18

Jul 4, 2018

The class-action lawsuit against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center may be delayed, as lawyers try to add a fourth teen to the suit….  A look at the new law limiting school suspensions in Virginia… Who is funding the candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia – and why?

WMRA Daily 7/3/18

Jul 3, 2018

The Ohio man accused of killing Heather Heyer and driving a car into a crowd of protesters on August 12th in Charlottesville appears in court this week… Harrisonburg city council announces the location of the new high school, on the south side of town, but it won’t open for another five years… We confront Virginia’s slave-owning and slave-trading past, with a walk along the Richmond Slave Trail….

WMRA Daily 7/2/18

Jul 2, 2018

Hundreds of people gather over the weekend in "Families Belong Together" rallies to support immigrants… Two people are arrested in Timberville, charged with murder in the shooting death of a man in Harrisonburg… Now that construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been halted, what happens next?

WMRA Daily 6/29/18

Jun 29, 2018

We go into a courtroom where the cases of migrants are being heard… The maker of OxyContin says it is disappointed that Virginia is suing it over the opioid crisis… One group’s challenge to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline involves race and environmental justice….

WMRA Daily 6/28/18

Jun 28, 2018

Another teenager, now living in California, is speaking out about abuse he alleges he suffered at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center… The man accused of killing Heather Heyer during last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is charged with a hate crime, and he could face the death penalty… The number of songbirds in Virginia is falling, but what’s being done about it?

WMRA Daily 6/27/18

Jun 27, 2018

A federal court says 11 legislative districts in Virginia were illegally gerrymandered, and must be redrawn by November… Democratic lawmakers nationwide are demanding explanations from the federal government after allegations of abuse at a Valley juvenile detention center… Where can kids struggling with their gender identities go for help in Virginia?

WMRA Daily 6/26/18

Jun 26, 2018

Protesters rally outside of Harrisonburg’s ICE office... A Bath county couple invites a few hundred of their closest friends to camp out on their property, to stop the advance of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… How UVa has become a hub for transgender people seeking medical care….

WMRA Daily 6/25/18

Jun 25, 2018

Ralliers gather to protest alleged abuse of migrant children at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center… As the governor orders a state investigation, the head of the facility says the charges are unfounded… A restaurant in Lexington sparks a national debate after asking White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to leave….

WMRA Daily 6/22/18

Jun 22, 2018

Governor Northam orders an investigation into allegations of abuse at the juvenile center near Staunton… As the battle over immigration policy continues, Northam stands by his decision to recall National Guard troops from the border, and Senator Tim Kaine say reform is desperately needed….

WMRA Daily 6/21/18

Jun 21, 2018

More allegations of physical abuse of immigrant children at a detention center near Staunton come to light… A new lawsuit seeks to overturn Virginia's abortion laws, some of them decades old… Former U-V-A student Martese Johnson gets a big settlement resulting from his violent arrest by ABC agents in 2015….

WMRA Daily 6/20/18

Jun 20, 2018

Virginia's governor is among those pulling National Guard troops from the border with Mexico because of Trump's immigration policy…  A judge rules against Charlottesville officials over documents related to the city’s Confederate monuments decision…  A new state law aims to end the practice of long-term school suspensions….

WMRA Daily 6/19/18

Jun 19, 2018

A grade school in Richmond will get rid of its name recognizing a Confederate general, and replace it with that of President Barack Obama… A college accrediting board raises a warning for the financial health of Sweet Briar College… Virginia is devoting more money to prevent unintended pregnancies….

WMRA Daily 6/18/18

Jun 18, 2018

Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline plan to use a steel sculpture to physically block the project's construction… The Koch brothers say they won’t support Corey Stewart in his challenge to Senator Tim Kaine… Descendants of those enslaved by Thomas Jefferson find their voice at Monticello….

A Charlottesville judge raises the stakes for city councilors in a statue  lawsuit....State Republicans debate whether to cross the aisle for immigration reform....School leaders take advantage of federal money to secure lunch for poor students.

Virginia defends the Affordable Care Act while Washington refuses....The state’s women veterans gather to discuss their issues....Mark Warner’s opioid bills advance in the Senate.

WMRA Daily 6/13/18

Jun 13, 2018

In Tuesday's primaries, Trump loyalist Corey Stewart was selected by Republican voters to challenge incumbent Tim Kaine… The fall’s congressional races in our area will feature lots of women candidates, another possible reaction to Trump’s presidency….

WMRA Daily 6/12/18

Jun 12, 2018

The nursing home resident who died Sunday after he fell into a creek is identified -- he was an Army veteran… Polls are open today in Virginia primary elections…  And we have a look at the role of absentee ballots….

WMRA Daily 6/11/18

Jun 11, 2018

A nursing home resident is dead after falling into a creek in Charlottesville… S&P reaffirms Virginia’s Triple-A bond rating, and that’s important for lower interest rate borrowing… A big reason is the two-year budget deal lawmakers reached this month – that deal expanded Medicaid in Virginia, so now that’s the law, what’s next?

WMRA Daily 6/8/18

Jun 8, 2018

The couple killed by last week’s floodwaters in Albemarle County has been identified… May’s record rainfalls have devastated some Virginia crops… Summer is music festival time, and we have a preview…