WMRA Daily 5/14/21

May 14, 2021

Over the protest of residents, Staunton City Council again votes to keep them from taking part in council meetings by phone…  Vaccination providers around Virginia are now administering the Pfizer shot to anyone age 12 and older…  Cities and counties around the state will soon get another infusion of cash for pandemic relief….

WMRA Daily 5/13/21

May 13, 2021

The gas is flowing again through the Colonial Pipeline, but it could take days before your neighborhood station gets a full supply, and in the meantime Virginia’s anti-price-gouging law is in effect…  The former superintendent of the Rockbridge Jail gets more than four years behind bars for misconduct…  Virginia Republicans have their three candidates for statewide office, but there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of them before this week….

WMRA Daily 5/12/21

May 12, 2021

As a few gas stations in our area see long lines of drivers and run out of fuel, Governor Northam declares a state of emergency after a pipeline shutdown restricts some of the supply…  State health officials are waiting for a green light from the CDC before approving COVID vaccines for young teens…  Virginia Republicans have selected their nominee for lieutenant governor, and if elected this fall she’d be the first Black woman to win statewide office in Virginia…


Political newcomer Glenn Youngkin has emerged as Virginia Republicans’ nominee for governor, in a year when the GOP hopes to end a 12-year losing streak in statewide races.  Virginia Public Radio's Michael Pope reports.

WMRA Daily 5/11/21

May 11, 2021

Political newbie Glenn Youngkin is Republicans’ nominee for governor, beating out the establishment candidate Kirk Cox, and radical-right State Senator Amanda Chase…  Washington and Lee says it will decide next month whether or not to get rid of Lee…  How can Virginia best spend money to persuade people to get vaccinated?

WMRA Daily 5/10/21

May 10, 2021

Virginia Republicans have their candidate for attorney general, but results for governor and lieutenant governor will take longer…  Bridgewater College joins others in requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination…  This month’s Virtual Books & Brews featured speaker is an EMU professor who explains American polarization….

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Over the past forty years, society has gotten increasingly more polarized in regards to differing political and personal ideas.  David R. Brubaker, professor at Eastern Mennonite University, offers advice for navigating in our polarized environment.  He’s our speaker for WMRA's virtual Books & Brews on May 11, 2021.  David recently spoke with WMRA’s Chris Boros who asked him to describe what causes polarization.

Calvin Pynn

Senator Tim Kaine visited the Shenandoah Valley Thursday.  He met with aviation business leaders at Blue Ridge Community College and with faculty and staff at James Madison University.  He also met with local officials and volunteers in Broadway to learn more about an effort to repurpose an unused railroad corridor as a multi-purpose trail.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

WMRA Daily 5/7/21

May 7, 2021

Senator Kaine is making a swing through our part of Virginia, in part to discuss turning an unused railroad corridor in the Valley into a multi-purpose trail…  The governor says he will lift some pandemic-related restrictions next week…  Voting has already started for the June Democratic primary, and the candidates for governor met to debate again Thursday night….

WMRA Daily 5/6/21

May 6, 2021

Virginia’s attorney general and his Democratic challenger for the job debate on TV…  The state’s ACLU and other open government groups warn Staunton city leaders their decision to require residents to attend council meetings in-person violates federal protections for those with disabilities…  The family of a Black man shot by a Spotsylvania sheriff’s deputy says he’s in intensive care with 10 bullet wounds, and they say he was unarmed and can’t understand why the deputy shot him….

WMRA Daily 5/5/21

May 5, 2021

A new poll finds that Virginians tend to see themselves as just right-of-center politically, but still support liberal ideas such as the Green New Deal…  If your grades are good enough, you can get free tuition next year at Piedmont Virginia Community College…  As state Republicans gear up for this Saturday’s convention, we have an update on the campaigning….

WMRA Daily 5/4/21

May 4, 2021

Members of the commission that recommended keeping Charlottesville’s Confederate statues now say they should be covered up until they’re removed…  It’s been 60 years since the Freedom Rides began, and a special event is happening on the first stop in Virginia…  Now that vaccine supply has met demand, how can local health providers overcome remaining barriers for some people getting vaccinated?

Now that all Virginians age 16 and up are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, local health officials and community leaders are trying to overcome the barriers that may be preventing people from getting vaccinated. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

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WMRA Daily 5/3/21

May 3, 2021

A Harrisonburg Parks and Rec worker dies from an injury on the job…  If you’re making minimum wage, you got a raise effective Saturday…  Scrutiny over that violent police stop in Windsor last month has again turned attention to the incentives that cops have to pull people over, incentives that could come from local budgets….

WMRA Daily 4/30/21

Apr 30, 2021

Governor Ralph Northam eases restrictions on outdoor gatherings;

Beginning on Saturday, Virginia’s minimum wage increases to $9.50/hour;

Mary Baldwin University announces that students and faculty will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to return to campus in the fall;

And Girl Scouts in Christiansburg have a new way to deliver their iconic cookies.

Two new reports suggest schools in Virginia are increasingly segregated by race and economic status;

Education officials in the commonwealth are working to reassure families that they aren’t doing away with accelerated math courses;

The Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board proposes a new police oversight model and other changes to city policies;

And Virginia may be on the verge of expanding passenger rail into the New River Valley

WMRA Daily 4/28/21

Apr 28, 2021

Scientists at the University of Virginia report an important medical breakthrough for people suffering from anemia;

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gets help from UVA to search for genetic changes to the coronavirus;

The Virginia Department of Education responds to reports saying the department would eliminate advanced math courses;

And more colleges and universities in the commonwealth are returning to in-person graduation ceremonies.

WMRA Daily 4/27/21

Apr 27, 2021

For the first time in its history, Virginia will have a Secretary of Labor;

Attorney General Mark Herring says colleges and universities in the commonwealth CAN require students to get vaccinated;

Republicans in Virginia reverse an earlier decision to prevent people from voting absentee in their upcoming nominating convention;

And local US Forest Service rangers conduct a prescribed burn on national forest land in Augusta, Rockingham and Pendleton counties

Prescribed Burns Ignite In Virginia

Apr 26, 2021
Randi B. Hagi

Each spring and fall, local U.S. Forest Service rangers conduct prescribed burns on national forest land. Most recently, they ignited a 5,000 acre burn in Rockingham, Augusta, and Pendleton counties, straddling the Virginia - West Virginia border. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Last Friday morning, a sleek yellow helicopter landed next to the Hone Quarry reservoir. In the distance, a hazy cloud of smoke began rising from the ridgeline.

WMRA Daily 04/26/2021

Apr 25, 2021

Body camera footage released, early voting has begun, and the Apple Blossom Festival returns after a hiatus last year.

This is the WMRA Daily for Monday, April 26th

WMRA Daily 4/23/21

Apr 23, 2021

Restaurants in Virginia can now open their bars, sell alcohol until midnight and stay open until 5am

Governor Ralph Northam signs a bill to legalize marijuana in the commonwealth

A Guatemalan woman, given sanctuary for over two years at a church in Charlottesville, receives a stay of removal from ICE

And commemorating the student walkout at Moton High School 70 years ago to protest racial segregation

WMRA Daily 4/22/21

Apr 22, 2021

Leaders in Virginia continue to react to the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin; 

Blind voters in the commonwealth will now have a permanent option to cast an absentee ballot;

Officials in Nelson County support the removal of easements following the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline;

And, for the first time, siblings have won top prizes at this year’s Piedmont Regional Science Fair

National Archives

This Friday marks 70 years since students at Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia walked out of class to protest racial segregation in Prince Edward County public schools in a moment.

WMRA Daily 4/21/21

Apr 21, 2021

Leaders in Virginia react to the guilty verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin;

Virginians collecting unemployment benefits will be required to report looking for work starting in early June;

Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the Virginia Supreme Court to dissolve a restraining order preventing Virginia from removing the statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond;

And the University of Virginia Health System has announced new billing policies that focus on a patient’s ability to pay.

WMRA Daily 4/20/21

Apr 20, 2021

Now that all Virginians age 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Senator Mark Warner encourages residents to get vaccinated

A US legislator representing a portion of the WMRA listening area has crafted a bill to make it easier to obtain silencers

And a new report from an educational reform group found that Black and Hispanic students are <quote> "woefully underrepresented" in Virginia’s public colleges and universities

WMRA Daily 4/19/21

Apr 19, 2021

Several JMU physicists lent a hand to a groundbreaking particle physics discovery that jolted the global science community.  Liberty University has filed a civil lawsuit against its former leader Jerry Falwell Jr.  Democrat Terry McAuliffe hold a lead in fundraising in this year’s governor race.  And as the Spring convention and primary season heats up,. Candidates are feeling the heat.

James Madison University

Several JMU physicists lent a hand to a groundbreaking particle physics discovery that jolted the global science community since last week. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports. Note: WMRA's operating license is held by JMU's board of visitors.

WMRA Daily 4/16/21

Apr 16, 2021

According to one report, Virginia ranks dead last among states in processing unemployment claims, and a new lawsuit seeks remedies…  On the 14th anniversary of the deadly mass shooting on Virginia Tech’s campus, Senator Kaine reintroduces legislation to reduce gun violence…  Since its artistic director resigned earlier this year under a cloud of allegations, the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton has embraced change – with a new model led by the actors….

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Since its artistic director resigned earlier this year under a cloud of allegations, the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton has embraced change – with a new model led by the actors. WMRA’s Mike Tripp takes us backstage.

WMRA Daily 4/15/21

Apr 15, 2021

New info about the pandemic, including the extension of a so-called ‘warmline’ to provide mental health services, and why hair loss is sometimes an effect of getting COVID-19…  Ranked-choice voting may be coming soon to Virginia…  How Virginia’s unemployment rate varies around the state….