WMRA Feature

Dario Calmese

On Tuesday, October 19, a UVA alum and one of the architectural team members who created the Memorial to Enslaved African American Laborers at the university will be honored at an award ceremony in D.C. 

Randi B. Hagi

The race for one school board seat in Rockingham County is a microcosm of the fierce debates over masking mandates, transgender student rights and other issues.  The candidates held a debate Wednesday night, and WMRA's Randi B. Hagi was there.

Randi B. Hagi

The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA currently has adoption promotions going on, so it's only $25 to adopt cats, kittens, and some dogs.

The nonprofit Central Valley Habitat for Humanity returns to the Elkton area with a homeownership application event this Thursday.

An invasive species of insect is spreading across Virginia, threatening grape vines and other crops. 

Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue recently welcomed their 89th and 90th intakes of the year -- two horses that were rescued from neglect.

Randi B. Hagi

A new program at Dynamic Aviation in Bridgewater gets kids out onto the airfield and in the cockpit.

Randi B. Hagi

The Middle River Regional Jail's authority board is working towards renovating the facility since expansion plans stalled out earlier this year.

Randi B. Hagi

Some Charlottesville residents got multiple deliveries of mail this weekend as the post office there brought in dozens of carriers from other offices to try and overcome the backlog of delayed mail.

Monday's virtual Charlottesville City Council meeting stretched well into the night as the mayor pushed for public answers as to why the police chief was fired, and whether the chief's race contributed to how she was perceived.

Randi B. Hagi

A new exhibit on display at James Madison University showcases both the accomplishments of actual female astronauts as well as fictional depictions of space women going back decades.

Randi B. Hagi

Each fall, the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch assembles at the top of Afton Mountain to collect data on migrating birds of prey that pass overhead. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

The pandemic is still threatening livelihoods and access to housing. In response, legal aid societies have hired additional staff to help clients navigate the state's rent relief program. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Calvin Pynn

Harrisonburg’s free clinic closed at the end of 2020.  Nearly one year later, its successor has a permanent home, and it’s meeting pent-up demand. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Randi B. Hagi

Some Charlottesville residents and businesses have been kept waiting on their mail for weeks at a time. 

In the past four weeks, 23 people have died of COVID-19 at Augusta Health in Fishersville. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

With COVID cases on the rise, local health officials want to remind those who test positive that working with case investigators to notify their close contacts is both safe and important. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Randi B. Hagi

At a press conference Monday morning, Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg reported hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are up, and most of those patients are unvaccinated. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi has more.

Western State Hospital

Conditions for staff and patients at Western State, the state-run psychiatric hospital in Staunton, are improving following a partial shutdown of admissions ordered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Augusta County has seen an average of 89 new cases of COVID per day for the past seven days, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Hospital workers there are besieged by the spike. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Appalachian School of Law hosted the first 2021 debate between Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin on ASL’s campus in Grundy, Virginia. The debate occured September 16, 2021. 

Albemarle County Schools

Now that most students in our area are back in classrooms, schools are having to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within their buildings. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

The University of Virginia and Mary Baldwin University are teaming up to train future healthcare professionals to work with children who have autism and other developmental disabilities. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Sentara RMH

As COVID-19 cases spike again, some local hospitals report longer wait times for admittance, and they’re delaying elective surgeries. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Randi B. Hagi

Biology faculty at James Madison University have patented a new device that allows them to study the behavior of some of our tiniest local mammals. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.


When you think of the Apollo moon missions, Apollo 11 probably comes to mind immediately - when Neil Armstrong was the first person to step foot on the moon.  But the later missions, where astronauts drove on the surface, made more discoveries than the previous landings, yet they’re often overlooked. 

Randi B. Hagi

Presenters at a public meeting Thursday night [Sept. 9] in Harrisonburg expressed opposition to keeping police officers in the city’s public schools. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Bath County Public Schools have shut down in-person instruction through September 17 due to COVID-19. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

National Hurricane Center

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Tuesday to respond to the impact of Tropical Depression Ida.  And several school systems are closed or delayed Wednesday...

Across the state, and in all of the WMRA region, the community level of transmission of the virus is again high, meaning there are more than 100 new daily cases out of 100,000 people averaged over the last seven days.