WMRA Daily 9/13/18

Sep 13, 2018

Dominion gets a judicial pass after dumping arsenic into the water… State Republicans say they still plan to obey a court order and redraw gerrymandered districts… Hurricane Florence weakens, and shifts – we have the latest….


Governor Ralph Northam's office released the following statement regarding preparation for Hurricane Florence...

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The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to take the place of Justice Anthony Kennedy was the subject of a forum at the Miller Center yesterday.  Supreme Court expert Barbara Perry talked about the makeup of the new court with UVA law professors Saikrishna Prakash and Micah Schwartzman. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 9/12/18

Sep 12, 2018

Federal and state emergencies declared in advance of Florence, and some local governments have declared states of emergency, too… Both of Virginia’s senators say they will vote “no” on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court… We meet a longtime civil rights activist – now a climate change activist – who says the two struggles are one and the same….

Nearly 60 years ago, Gerald Durley became a young civil rights activist. Today, he’s a climate activist – and his core message is that the two struggles are one in the same. Durley will give a free, public talk Monday evening, Sept. 17, at JMU, entitled “Race, Faith and Climate Change: How Global Warming is a Civil Rights Issue.” WMRA’s Andrew Jenner has this story.

WMRA Daily 9/11/18

Sep 11, 2018

Governor Northam orders a mandatory evacuation of parts of Eastern Virginia, as Hurricane Florence gets closer... Opponents of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Buckingham County expect a strong showing at a public hearing… A watchdog agency says Virginia’s elections systems have problems – will they be ready for November?

Virginia Department of Health

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

Cville Pride

Preview events for the seventh annual Charlottesville Pride Festival began over the weekend.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

There’s a honkytonk bar outside of Winchester, VA, that defines rural America, country music, and old time tradition.  It’s called The Troubadour Lounge and was owned by Jim McCoy, a local country music legend who was the first radio DJ to play Patsy Cline on the air.  When author John Lingan went there to find Jim what he found was a town searching for itself.  John’s book

WMRA Daily 9/10/18

Sep 10, 2018

Two Charlottesville officers and a suspect have been injured in a gun fight…. Governor Ralph Northam declares a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast... The Charlottesville PRIDE festival is getting underway – we have a preview….

Wildlife Center of Virginia

Virginia biologists have their eyes on a number of problems in the state, such as giant hogweed and Chronic Wasting Disease in deer. Another problem on the rise – mange in black bears – might have a new treatment, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

More than 50 years ago, race riots swept across the United States during what became known as the “long, hot summer of 1967.” Historian Steve Gillon spoke at the Miller Center in Charlottesville Thursday to discuss his new book about the Kerner Commission and the investigation into the unrest. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 9/7/18

Sep 7, 2018

The bodies of a missing Harrisonburg girl and her grandmother have been found, ending a month-long search…  A historian looks back at the Kerner commission after the summer of riots in 1967… Virginia biologists have their eyes on a number of problems in the state, including mange in black bears – but they may have a new solution….

WMRA Daily 9/6/18

Sep 6, 2018

More tree stands go up in southwest Virginia, protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline… The man who punched Jason Kessler gets punished – he’ll have to pay a $1 fine… A hospital in Augusta County finds that locally-grown food can be the best medicine….

Augusta Health

Hospital food gets a bad rap, but Augusta Health in Fishersville is trying to change that. The hospital has harvested roughly 10,000 pounds of fresh produce so far this year from an on-site farm. It’s part of an initiative to improve the quality of food inside the hospital and raise awareness that good nutrition is the best medicine.   WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

WMRA Daily 9/5/18

Sep 5, 2018

Sixth District candidates agree to two debates this fall… A national non-profit weighs in against two Confederate statues in Charlottesville… UVa says it will spend more money to honor the enslaved people who helped build and maintain the school….

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WMRA Daily 9/4/18

Sep 4, 2018

Staunton may be one step closer to a decision on whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School... A Frederick County Sheriff's Deputy and his wife are killed in a motorcycle crash in Luray… A Charlottesville interfaith organization plans to publicly certify employers who pay their workers at least twice the federal minimum wage….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A recent USA Today report named Harrisonburg as the Virginia city “hit hardest by extreme poverty.” City officials say that report is misleading.  And advocates for people in need point to other measures of poverty. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/3/18

Sep 3, 2018

The cost of health insurance for those buying plans in Virginia’s marketplace may stabilize soon… Is Harrisonburg really the Virginia city “hit hardest by extreme poverty”?... Lexington is still trying to recover its tourism vibe after June’s Red Hen incident….

WMRA Daily 8/31/18

Aug 31, 2018

The trial of the man accused of killing Heather Heyer will remain in Charlottesville… Lawmakers are under pressure to redraw Virginia’s voting districts, but they got little done on Thursday… We visit with a group of singers who help patients at the threshold of death….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Across the nation and beyond – and now in Harrisonburg – local choirs have formed to sing at the bedsides of people in end-of-life care – patients who are at the “thresholds of life.” The singers are part of “threshold choirs,” as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 8/30/18

Aug 30, 2018

Federal regulators are allowing construction to resume along a portion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline's route… State Democrats put their proposed fix to the state’s electoral map on the table, after the Republican-drawn map was ruled an unconstitutional gerrymander… While Sixth District Republicans admit to an FEC violation, the candidates to replace Bob Goodlatte agree to one debate, with a plan for two more still up in the air….

WMRA Daily 8/29/18

Aug 29, 2018

Harrisonburg officials say reports of extreme poverty are exaggerated – and reflect the fact that it’s a college town… A 17-year-old boy in Waynesboro is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound…  Virginia is preparing to mark a painful anniversary—the first Africans brought to English America as slaves….

WMRA Daily 8/28/18

Aug 28, 2018

A 16-year-old ends up shooting himself after a car chase in Culpeper… Virginia’s Medicaid outreach agency is doing just that – reaching out to encourage eligible people to sign up for next year’s expansion… President Trump’s new proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan has sparked a debate in Virginia about the state’s energy future….

WMRA Daily 8/27/18

Aug 27, 2018

A JMU student is in critical condition after a hit-and-run crash in Harrisonburg Friday night… A state investigation finds that officers falsified records after inmate deaths, including at a jail near Farmville… More money for Virginia teachers next year, yes – but there’s a catch….

WMRA Daily 8/24/18

Aug 24, 2018

Just as the semester is set to begin, a JMU student is found dead in his apartment… Two men are sentenced to jail for beating DeAndre Harris in Charlottesville last August… VDOT officials explore solutions for I-81 at a public meeting at BRCC….

WMRA Daily 8/23/18

Aug 23, 2018

Virginia's water control board is rejecting calls from environmentalists and landowners to force a halt to construction of two natural gas pipelines… The man charged with killing Heather Heyer wants to move his trial out of Charlottesville… Women in Virginia are choosing to give birth later and later….

Child welfare advocates in Rockbridge are filing an appeal this week with the Virginia Department of Social Services, or DSS, following the state agency’s decision not to have local board members removed.  Advocates say board members failed to address deep problems inside the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has more.