WMRA Daily 9/27/21

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Although the latest surge of COVID-19 in Virginia seems to be peaking, deaths from the disease continue to climb…  Police arrest eight people in the apparent hazing death of VCU student Adam Oakes…  We check in with one aid agency helping to relocate Afghan refugees in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 9/24/21

Sep 24, 2021

The surge of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients at Augusta Health is now so bad that all non-emergency procedures are on hold, and staff are exhausted…  We have an update on the wrangling over political maps…  And our Friday discussion of the week in Virginia politics….

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

WMRA Daily 9/23/21

Sep 23, 2021

Despite the governor’s request that state employees get vaccinated, one survey shows their rate is about the same as the state average, and 13% of staff from the Department of Health are not vaccinated…  Meanwhile, state health officials urge everyone to get the flu shot…  In a blow to rural areas, the state supreme court says localities may not count their prison populations for purposes of redistricting…

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.

WMRA Daily 9/22/21

Sep 22, 2021

Augusta County’s sheriff’s office says they believe a missing Verona toddler is dead…  Health officials remind those who test positive for COVID-19 that it's important to help case investigators notify their close contacts…  A year and half into the pandemic, nurses are exhausted, and the state nurses’ association begs for public support….

WMRA Daily 9/21/21

Sep 21, 2021

The COVID surge is hitting the Shenandoah Valley hard, and that’s straining staff at Sentara RMH…  The redistricting commission wrangles with the question of race…  A year and a half into the pandemic, the Virginia Employment Commission is still swamped with backlogged claims and staffing problems….

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.

WMRA Daily 9/20/21

Sep 20, 2021

Statewide, the number of new COVID cases has leveled off, but the surge is still severe in Augusta County, and that’s stressing health care providers there…  Anti-abortion rights protestors gather in Richmond for an annual rally…  A new report shows black and brown drivers in Virginia are more likely than white drivers to be pulled over by police….

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.

WMRA Daily 9/17/21

Sep 17, 2021

The major-party candidates for governor square off in the first of two debates, and we have a review and analysis…  The department of health announces a digital option for your COVID-19 vaccination card…  As Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts continue, a survey shows strong support for keeping it healthy….

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.

WMRA Daily 9/16/21

Sep 16, 2021

Now that kids are back inside school buildings, officials have to make sure they don’t spread the coronavirus…  A Culpeper County couple sues an electric company for trying to install internet cable lines along their property without their consent…  We have a preview of Thursday night’s virtual debate between the two major-party governor candidates, and an interview with the third-party candidate not invited….

WMRA Daily 9/15/21

Sep 15, 2021

A year after the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, we check in with one historically Black community that was to be in the path of a compressor station…  UVa and Mary Baldwin team up to teach future health professionals to work with kids with autism and other disabilities…  Virginia Tech breaks ground on a new innovation campus in northern Virginia….

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.

WMRA Daily 9/14/21

Sep 14, 2021

Hospitals in our area are feeling the strain of new COVID cases, but some are faring better than others…  Governor Northam touts Virginia’s sweeping voting rights act, the first of its kind in the South…  The campaign for governor is reaching into your grocery cart….

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.

WMRA Daily 9/13/21

Sep 13, 2021

The number of Virginians hospitalized with COVID-19 has leveled off, but the rate of spread of the disease is still high across the state…  JMU biologists patent a device to study some of the tiniest mammals around…  We talk with author Earl Swift, this month’s Books & Brews special guest, about the importance of the moon missions you may not remember….

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.

WMRA Daily 9/10/21

Sep 10, 2021

Harrisonburg residents debate whether police officers should be removed from the city’s schools…  A D.C.-based restaurant chain will invest in a new facility in Augusta County, creating dozens of news jobs…  We review the week in Virginia politics….

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

WMRA Daily 9/8/21

Sep 8, 2021

Charlottesville’s mayor apologizes for the firing of the city’s police chief…  As the Lee statue in Richmond comes down, the pedestal’s time capsule is being replaced, and we take a look inside…  Some bigger Virginia cities are implementing new plastic bag taxes….

WMRA Daily 9/7/21

Sep 7, 2021

The giant statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond will come down on Wednesday…  The new restrictive Texas abortion law turns up the heat on the race for governor in Virginia…  A series of concerts in Richmond will feature violins that belonged to Jewish musicians who died in the Holocaust….

WMRA Daily 9/6/21

Sep 6, 2021

New COVID cases are still high, particularly Augusta County, where anti-mask sentiment is also very high…  But the number of new cases has plateaued in the last week…  We have a look at the U-S Census, and problems counting college students….

WMRA Daily 9/3/21

Sep 3, 2021

The state Supreme Court says the giant Lee statue in Richmond can finally come down…  One person is confirmed dead in southwestern Virginia due to flooding from this week’s storms…  We have our weekly Virginia politics chat….

WMRA Daily 9/2/21

Sep 2, 2021

Charlottesville fires its police chief…  It’s official – all state employees must now be vaccinated, or tested regularly for COVID-19…  How to make beach umbrellas safer….