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WMRA Daily 11/10/20

Nov 10, 2020

This year’s marathon special legislative session finally draws to a close, with money approved for an investigation into racism at VMI, plus the passage of legislation to protect people of color from abusive police stops…  The federal government tells the would-be builders of the cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline to submit plans to clean up the mess….

WMRA Daily 11/9/20

Nov 9, 2020

Several days after she claimed victory, Abigail Spanberger is finally declared the winner of the 7th…  The General Assembly considers the governor’s amendments to its bills, including new money for a state investigation into racism at VMI…  We profile a Charlottesville organization that guides girls and women interested in tech, and supports them once they’re in….

WMRA Daily 11/6/20

Nov 6, 2020

Builders of the Mountain Valley Pipeline say it will cost much more than planned, and take longer to finish…  In this year of a pandemic, economic distress, and protests for racial justice, background checks for new gun sales are at an all-time high…  Even as the votes continue to be counted in other parts of the country, Virginia’s choice for president was overwhelmingly clear, and we’ll have analysis….

WMRA Daily 11/5/20

Nov 5, 2020

Abigail Spanberger declares victory, but her opponent has not conceded, and they’re still counting ballots in the 7th district…  Now that Virginians approved the amendment creating a redistricting commission, what happens next?...  How are shelters in Harrisonburg and across Virginia preparing for cold weather, in the middle of a pandemic?

WMRA Daily 11/4/20

Nov 4, 2020

Democrat Mark Warner keeps his Senate seat, Republicans win in the 5th and 6th districts, and Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed is again the top vote getter in the city’s council races, but those numbers aren’t final yet…  Meanwhile, the 7th district race between Spanberger and Freitas is still up in the air…  We’ve got some results, and some questions….

WMRA Daily 11/3/20

Nov 3, 2020

The number of people in Virginia who voted early is already two-thirds of the total who voted in 2016, and if you’ve been waiting, today is your day to make your voice heard…  We have details about what you can, and can’t, do at your polling place…  The DMV says it’s still operating by appointment only due to the pandemic, but you can still do lots of DMV business online….

WMRA Daily 11/2/20

Nov 2, 2020

One day before the last day to vote in Virginia, and we’ve got a look at the risk from intimidation at the polls by militia groups, the increase in precincts this year, and how early votes are being tabulated…  We also learn more about unmarked graves in Charlottesville, likely the site where enslaved people were buried…  We have an update on COVID outbreaks in Virginia’s nursing homes….

WMRA Daily 10/30/20

Oct 30, 2020

VMI will take down a statue of Stonewall Jackson, part of its response to a state investigation and blistering criticism over racism at the school…  On this final Friday before election season ends, we have election coverage and analysis, including another Virginia poll showing Biden with a huge lead over Trump, and groups of voters in the Shenandoah Valley trying to bridge our political divides, and environmental activists encouraging voters to be aware of climate change when they cast their ballots….

WMRA Daily 10/29/20

Oct 29, 2020

A judge agrees with a conservative group and strikes down some new voting rules in Virginia…  One of the final presidential polls show Biden widening his lead over Trump in the commonwealth…  The pandemic is throwing a wrench into the holidays, but we have some tips on making this a safe Halloween for your family…

WMRA Daily 10/28/20

Oct 28, 2020

A judge rules the giant Lee statue in Richmond may come down, but not just yet…  Meanwhile, the Virginia GOP and a conservative advocacy group challenge a new voting rule involving mail-in ballots…  We check into some claims about the minimum wage being made in the 7th District congressional race….

WMRA Daily 10/27/20

Oct 27, 2020

The head of VMI resigns after blistering charges of a long history of racism at the state-supported school…  JMU students won’t get a spring break next semester, as the school continues to adjust its schedule to the pandemic…  What can Virginians expect on election night, and the days after?

WMRA Daily 10/26/20

Oct 26, 2020

Some employees at Wintergreen Resort are quarantined after a wedding there may have exposed them to COVID-19…  Calling 911 on someone because they are Black is about to become a felony in Virginia, and we’ll have details about the so-called CAREN Act…  Oasis Fine Art and Craft celebrates 20 years of cooperative art exhibits in Harrisonburg….

WMRA Daily 10/23/20

Oct 23, 2020

UVa announces its spring plans, and they look a lot like this fall semester, with COVID restrictions continuing…  Governor Northam refuses to sign a bill that would have ended so-called pretextual traffic stops by police, which critics say allow racial profiling…  Less than two weeks away from Election Day, we review the week in Virginia politics….

WMRA Daily 10/22/20

Oct 22, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam has signed bills for criminal justice reform … Albemarle County is trying to make early voting easier by adding one more ballot box…  And this Friday is the last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you in Virginia.

WMRA Daily 10/21/20

Oct 21, 2020

Following a report in The Washington Post, State officials have ordered an outside investigation into concerns about a culture of ongoing structural racism at Virginia Military Institute… Virginia’s 7th District sees it’s one and only debate between Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger and Republican challenger Nick Freitas …  and Virginia's Board of Elections will now count ballots with a missing or illegible postmark, as long as the ballots are received by noon on the Friday after Election Day. 

WMRA Daily 10/20/20

Oct 20, 2020

Harrisonburg fire officials have determined that the explosion Saturday morning was the result of a gas leak.  Virginia lawmakers wrapped up work on the state budget.  A judge in Richmond heard arguments regarding the fate of the Robert E. lee statue on Monument Avenue.  And Govenor Ralph Northam is now considering several dozen bills lawmakers sent during the special session.

WMRA Daily 10/19/20

Oct 19, 2020

The investigation is still ongoing regarding an explosion in Harrisonburg, Saturday morning and many questions still remain… The much awaited budget proposal for Virginia was adopted by the General Assembly late Friday…  A lawsuit seeking to prevent the removal of the Lee Statue in Richmond is scheduled to go to trial… And a recent survey of schools in Virginia yielded some surprising and worrisome news – enrollments are down.

WMRA Daily 10/16/20

Oct 16, 2020

The General Assembly finally nears agreement on a state budget, and new law enforcement reforms…  Our Community Place in Harrisonburg combines its big fundraisers in this year of the pandemic…  We take a haunted tour of Staunton, with masks and safely physically-distanced, of course….

WMRA Daily 10/15/20

Oct 15, 2020

A judge extends voter registration in Virginia, and you now have until midnight tonight…  Bridgewater College will likely lay off 13% of its employees…  We profile GOP candidate for the 7th District, Nick Freitas….

WMRA Daily 10/14/20

Oct 14, 2020

Advocacy groups are suing Virginia to allow two more days of voter registration, after a utility accident shut down the state’s elections portal on the last day to register to vote…  The same members of anti-government domestic terror groups arrested for a plot against Michigan's governor discussed kidnapping Governor Northam, and he points the finger at Trump…  We profile Democrat Abigail Spanberger, running for reelection in Virginia’s 7th District….

WMRA Daily 10/13/20

Oct 13, 2020

At least one death at a nursing home in Staunton is a result of COVID-19…  Meanwhile, a new VCU study suggests the death rate from the coronavirus is much higher than reported...  We learn how the trauma of losing a business, such as from the August floods in Staunton, can lead to an opportunity for personal growth….

WMRA Daily 10/12/20

Oct 12, 2020

James Madison University begins more widespread testing of students for COVID-19, but still won’t come anywhere close to reaching all students…  We take a deeper look at who would serve on a new commission to draw political boundaries in Virginia, should that constitutional amendment pass voters’ muster in November…  We talk with leaders and staff at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic, which is closing after more than three decades of service….

WMRA Daily 10/9/20

Oct 9, 2020

Business owners in Staunton will not get any state or federal money to help pay for the damage from severe flooding in early August…  Public schools, however, will be getting more money from the state’s federal COVID relief fund…  Pollsters in Virginia got 2016’s presidential race right, but what about this year?

WMRA Daily 10/8/20

Oct 8, 2020

After more than three decades, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic will close its doors for good, another casualty of the pandemic…  As lawmakers in Richmond near agreement on a revised state budget, Governor Northam warns he won’t sign it without flexibility to respond to the pandemic crisis in the coming months…  Meanwhile, Virginia Republicans threaten legal action against Virginia’s inspector general….

WMRA Daily 10/7/20

Oct 7, 2020

The General Assembly’s special session is winding down, and we’ve got an update on what they’re up to…  Two formerly segregated state parks near Farmville are among 12 new sites added this fall to Virginia’s civil rights trail…  Yesterday, we met Democrat Cameron Webb – today, we meet his Republican opponent in the Fifth District, Bob Good….

WMRA Daily 10/6/20

Oct 6, 2020

Harrisonburg animal officials respond to bear sightings in one upscale neighborhood…  The General Assembly’s special session may soon be wrapping up, and we have the latest…  We begin our profile of the Fifth District congressional candidates, and today we’ll meet Democrat Cameron Webb….

WMRA Daily 10/5/20

Oct 5, 2020

The General Assembly now must reconcile its two different versions of the state budget, and moves forward with a sweeping package of laws reforming policing…  Meanwhile, the state’s health department says Farmville’s immigration detention facility is COVID- free, for now…  Virginia politicians are treading carefully around the big case before the Supreme Court over Obamacare….

WMRA Daily 10/2/20

Oct 2, 2020

State regulators refuse to extend the moratorium on utilities cutting off residential service due to the pandemic…  UVa researchers explore ways to make telemedicine more accessible for people in rural areas…  As UVa continues in-person classes, and JMU plans to bring students back next week, we have a report on how Charlottesville and Harrisonburg are trying to balance the need for student money with public safety during a pandemic….

WMRA Daily 10/1/20

Oct 1, 2020

A conservative legal group challenges Virginia’s new law against LGBTQ discrimination…  Virginia’s Senate considers limiting police power to stop and search someone based on a pretext such as the smell of marijuana...  We explore conditions at one federal prison in Virginia, where there’s been a massive COVID-19 outbreak….

WMRA Daily 9/30/20

Sep 30, 2020

A Harrisonburg landlord will pay more than $300,000 to resolve allegations of sexual harassment and racial bias…  Lawmakers are still struggling over whether Virginia can afford sentencing reform…  We meet some young local artists, creating music for, and about, the Black Lives Matter movement….

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