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WMRA Daily 10/31/17

Oct 31, 2017

A new poll shows the biggest lead yet for Democrat Ralph Northam in the governor’s race… after Monday’s crime commission report, one prominent Republican lawmaker says it’s time to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana… and, we have the final installment in our series of House of Delegates races profiles….

WMRA Daily 10/30/17

Oct 30, 2017

Will Virginia be the next state to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana?... thousands of children and pregnant women are on the verge of losing health coverage in Virginia… and, a federal court could re-define search and seizure laws regarding cellphones and other electronic devices at airports….

WMRA Daily 10/27/17

Oct 27, 2017

Virginia’s first commercial wind farm gets another delay, says the company that’s been wanting to build it for two years now… the Wildlife Center of Virginia has now treated 43 bald eagles, many of them with lead in their system from bullets (note to hunters – there are alternatives to lead bullets out there)… and politics – we survey the 58th House District near Charlottesville, take a look at the latest polls, and see what our representatives are up to….

WMRA Daily 10/26/17

Oct 26, 2017

Get ready to pay more for a pass to Shenandoah National Park, visitor fees may be going up next year… and it’s time to take a look at the candidates, with a survey of candidates for Charlottesville City Council, and competitive races for the House of Delegates in districts covering Harrisonburg and the central Shenandoah Valley… we’ll have profiles….

WMRA Daily 10/25/17

Oct 25, 2017

Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte says he wants to know more about the Justice Department’s role during last year’s election… JMU says it may have an outbreak of viral meningitis on its hands (that’s a lot less serious than the bacterial version)… and, we spend a cold night outside with the slave-dwelling project in Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 10/24/17

Oct 24, 2017

A look at the strategy behind this year’s House of Delegates races… a new Canadian-style approach to treating opioid addiction… and, a college collaboration to open up access to STEM programs, reaching all the way back into grade school….

WMRA Daily 10/23/17

Oct 23, 2017

The Democratic candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, visited Charlottesville over the weekend… and, more than two months after the events of August 12th, other cities in Virginia move to regulate demonstrations to avoid the violence that happened in Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 10/20/17

Oct 20, 2017

Former President Obama campaigns in Virginia for Ralph Northam… State health officials plan for the worst, just in case, while still protecting the public from things like the flu… and, we have a look at an alternative model of education for disabled students….

WMRA Daily 10/19/17

Oct 19, 2017

Black and disabled students are suspended at least three times as often as other students in Virginia, according to a new report… a new symposium at UVa explores the role of slaves in constructing the university and other prominent structures… and, Charlottesville may soon get a new docket for people with mental health issues who also run afoul of the law….

WMRA Daily 10/18/17

Oct 18, 2017

A former youth softball coach who has worked around the region for decades is in custody on charges of sexual crimes against children… a look at the possible Trump effect on Virginia’s elections in November… and, UVa puts Thomas Jefferson’s legal reading list online….

WMRA Daily 10/17/17

Oct 17, 2017

Recent drought conditions may actually be good for Virginia’s farmers… the governor’s race tightens, according to the latest poll… and, in a probably unrelated note, Virginia’s liquor sales are up….

WMRA Daily 10/16/17

Oct 16, 2017

Poultry workers in Rockingham rally for the right to organize… ESPN’s GameDay has left town, but JMU is once again basking in the afterglow of national exposure… and, current and former vice presidents visit Virginia to campaign for their parties’ respective candidates for governor....

WMRA Daily 10/13/17

Oct 13, 2017

If you aren’t yet registered in Virginia, and you want to vote in November, you’d better register, the deadline is fast approaching… DeAndre Harris, a black man seen on video being beaten by white men at the August 12th rally in Charlottesville, turns himself in on a charge filed by the leader of a white supremacist organization in North Carolina, even as Charlottesville joins a lawsuit to prevent future white supremacist rallies in the city ….

WMRA Daily 10/12/17

Oct 12, 2017

A governor’s commission dedicated to racial healing met for the first time Wednesday… meanwhile, another man has been arrested in the alleged beating of DeAndre Harris during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, even as Harris himself has been charged with assault… and, Gov. McAuliffe has gone all in on Virginia’s craft brew industry, but is the growth of that sector sustainable?

WMRA Daily 10/11/17

Oct 11, 2017

Virginia’s water control board will hear from the public and from the state’s environmental agency in December regarding proposed natural gas pipelines through Virginia, even as North Carolina’s environmental agency rejects the builders' environmental plans for the portion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through that state…  and, we have a look at the fastest-growing part of Virginia’s state budget – health insurance for the poor….

WMRA Daily 10/10/17

Oct 10, 2017

Virginia’s major-party candidates for governor have their final debate before November’s election… a study identifies the demographics of the white supremacists, mostly men, who flocked to Charlottesville for their hate-filled rally in August… and, ESPN’s College Game Day returns to Harrisonburg and JMU this week….

WMRA Daily 10/9/17

Oct 9, 2017

A Ku Klux Klan leader who is accused of firing a gun at the August 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is in custody… a small plane crashes near Front Royal, and the pilot is dead…  and, the latest poll shows that Democrats maintain their lead in statewide races…

WMRA Daily 10/6/17

Oct 6, 2017

Thousands of Virginians are eligible for Medicaid, but aren’t signed up – yet; Facebook is opening a data center east of the state capital, and Las Vegas’ impact on Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election.

WMRA Daily 10/5/17

Oct 5, 2017

A Virginia judge rules that a lawsuit over Charlottesville’s plans to remove a confederate statue may go forward; the National Park Service repairs a defaced monument; a decision regarding water quality permits for the pipelines traversing VA and the fate of healthcare for the Commonwealth’s low-income children.

WMRA Daily 10/4/17

Oct 4, 2017

The effects of DACA on two JMU students, Rockbridge County's Democratic chairman resigns and reopening the twin issues of gun rights and gun control in VA.

WMRA Daily 10/3/17

Oct 3, 2017

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s possible expansion into South Carolina, VCU Health Center’s mass casualty response plan, and the strength of the economic engine that is Northern Virginia.

WMRA Daily 10/2/17

Oct 2, 2017

An astronaut will lecture at Bridgewater, candidates for governor get a boost from Bush and Clinton, and a Marine Corps veteran moves into a new home – mortgage free.

WMRA Daily 9/29/17

Sep 29, 2017

Another man has been arrested for assault during the August 12 white supremacist rally, he’ll be extradited to Charlottesville… as National Suicide Prevention Awareness month draws to a close, an event in Charlottesville brings in the Dancing Cop from America’s Got Talent to help teach recognizing suicidal behavior in others…. And, we meet the ophthalmologist celebrating his 80th birthday by putting on his own piano concert of Chopin’s music….

WMRA Daily 9/28/17

Sep 28, 2017

Charlottesville leaders and residents gathered for a panel discussion on race, less than seven weeks after August 12th…  and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wonders how Russians favoring Trump during last year’s presidential campaign knew who to target on Facebook…

WMRA Daily 9/27/17

Sep 27, 2017

A state official says health insurance premiums under the ACA are set to skyrocket next year… Good news for those concerned about public attitudes toward LGBTQ people… and, can a Canadian approach help treat the opioid crisis in Virginia?

WMRA Daily 9/26/17

Sep 26, 2017

Confusion over health insurance markets may mean that fewer people in Virginia enroll this year… a UVa monuments expert visits JMU to talk about the link between Confederate monuments and white supremacy… and, we meet the Harrisonburg family that brings traditional Aztec dance to the city’s International Festival….

WMRA Daily 9/25/17

Sep 25, 2017

Democrats still showing a lead over Republicans in the latest statewide election poll… thousands of people enjoyed Dave Matthews’ Unity concert at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville on Sunday… and, one year after becoming a state park, Natural Bridge visits are way up….

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....