WMRA Daily 7/25/18

Jul 25, 2018

Jason Kessler suddenly withdraws his case against Charlottesville, and says he’ll plan a so-called “white rights” rally in D.C. in August… A Mennonite missionary from Stuarts Draft is sentenced for having sexual relations with a child in Haiti… Is Virginia being too aggressive in purging voter rolls?

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WMRA Daily 7/24/18

Jul 24, 2018

Local schools are getting more state money to hire security officers, in the wake of several mass shootings in schools around the country… Jason Kessler fights in court for the right to hold a rally on the anniversary of last year’s violence in Charlottesville… The leading expert on the monarch butterfly has died in his home in Nelson County – he was a professor at Sweet Briar College….

WMRA Daily 7/23/18

Jul 23, 2018

Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart meet in Bath County for their first debate… A white supremacist pleads guilty to charges related to last August's torch-lit rally on the UVa grounds, and he will not be welcome in Virginia for five years... Many at UVa are opposed to the hiring of a former Trump advisor….

Should a School Resource Officer handle a mental health crisis? Are new coal ash rules good for the Chesapeake Bay? Can diet prevent autism? What kind of debate can we expect in Kaine vs Stewart?  

White supremacist Cantwell is too chatty for prosecutors.  Manufactured homes: an affordable option, but legal protections are weak.  Manafort’s lawyers want fewer liberals in the jury pool.  A Virginia congressman warns that the navy is undersourced and overstretched.

The Attorney General goes after fox pens. The legislature moves to protect Virginians from surprise medical bills. UVA finds low confidence in elections. Construction is underway to commemorate historic but unsung women of Virginia.

Republicans focus on mental health for school safety.  Overdoses surge in Harrisonburg.  Charlottesville renames two parks – again.

US Customs and Border Protection

Recently national attention turned to the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant minors detained at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton. Its allegations have caused concern for many, including a clinical psychologist and local, state and federal officials. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

The AG wants an abortion lawsuit tossed.  The state wants you to raise bees.  Virginia Tech freshman are more diverse than ever.  The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center draws intense scrutiny.

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Each year hundreds gather on the rolling hills of James Monroe’s Highland, near Charlottesville. They’re here to take in the sights, sounds and smells of The Virginia Folklife apprenticeship program, and learn how residents are preserving cultural traditions. Ian Stewart reports on the program for Virginia Currents.

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Kessler discourages armed rallies.  Invading plant causes major burns.  Medicaid doctors are abundant…or are they?  The state is flush, with help from the lottery, but what about schools?  Virginia folk culture: preserved and on display at Highland.

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Recent national attention to the class action lawsuit filed by unaccompanied immigrant minors detained at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, or SVJC, near Staunton has raised the concern of many, including U.S. Senator from Virginia Mark Warner. He spoke with WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz.

The Virginia House looks for school safety solutions.  The lottery wins big.  ICE wants to  hurry up in Bowling Green.  Senator Warner wants answers on SVJC.

It’s getting harder to eavesdrop on the police. A donation gets confederate leaders off three schools. DEQ dings Mountain Valley. Virginia Tech commemorates a fallen graduate.

A phone scam tries to scare you into paying up.  The Klan is recruiting in the north.  Kids get access to meals this summer.  A Charlottesville car dealer goes solar.

Colonial Nissan Facebook Page

It has 480 solar panels, could reduce carbon emissions by 191 tons annually, and represents the first of its kind in Virginia. It’s a solar superstructure, a shell above an existing building, and is expected to provide 93 percent of the power needed to operate the Colonial Nissan Dealership in Charlottesville.

A helicopter crashes in Williamsburg.  The victim of a holiday accident is found.  History gets preserved. A local lynching victim is the focus of a pilgrimage.

WMRA Daily 7/6/18

Jul 6, 2018

The Ohio man accused of federal hate crimes for driving through a crowd in Charlottesville pleads not guilty… Virginia’s farmers are worried about Chinese retaliation for Trump’s tariffs… Virginia’s honeybee numbers are sharply down after a rough winter….

WMRA Daily 7/5/18

Jul 5, 2018

Dozens of people from 35 countries are new citizens, after Monticello’s annual Independence Day naturalization ceremony… A Verona woman is dead after being struck by a car, and the driver is charged with DUI… Is Virginia’s safety net crumbling?

WMRA Daily 7/4/18

Jul 4, 2018

The class-action lawsuit against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center may be delayed, as lawyers try to add a fourth teen to the suit….  A look at the new law limiting school suspensions in Virginia… Who is funding the candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia – and why?

WMRA Daily 7/3/18

Jul 3, 2018

The Ohio man accused of killing Heather Heyer and driving a car into a crowd of protesters on August 12th in Charlottesville appears in court this week… Harrisonburg city council announces the location of the new high school, on the south side of town, but it won’t open for another five years… We confront Virginia’s slave-owning and slave-trading past, with a walk along the Richmond Slave Trail….

WMRA Daily 7/2/18

Jul 2, 2018

Hundreds of people gather over the weekend in "Families Belong Together" rallies to support immigrants… Two people are arrested in Timberville, charged with murder in the shooting death of a man in Harrisonburg… Now that construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been halted, what happens next?

WMRA Daily 6/29/18

Jun 29, 2018

We go into a courtroom where the cases of migrants are being heard… The maker of OxyContin says it is disappointed that Virginia is suing it over the opioid crisis… One group’s challenge to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline involves race and environmental justice….

WMRA Daily 6/28/18

Jun 28, 2018

Another teenager, now living in California, is speaking out about abuse he alleges he suffered at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center… The man accused of killing Heather Heyer during last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is charged with a hate crime, and he could face the death penalty… The number of songbirds in Virginia is falling, but what’s being done about it?

Farmers for America

Jun 27, 2018
Calvin Pynn

“Farmers For America,” a documentary focusing on farmers across the country, screened Tuesday night [June 26] at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, and featured a couple of well-known growers in the Shenandoah Valley. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn was there.

WMRA Daily 6/27/18

Jun 27, 2018

A federal court says 11 legislative districts in Virginia were illegally gerrymandered, and must be redrawn by November… Democratic lawmakers nationwide are demanding explanations from the federal government after allegations of abuse at a Valley juvenile detention center… Where can kids struggling with their gender identities go for help in Virginia?

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Yesterday, we learned about a new adult transgender clinic in the University of Virginia hospital system. With an estimated 700 transgender adults living in and around Charlottesville, they should have plenty of demand. But what about kids struggling with their gender identities? Where do THEY go? Today, WMRA’s  Emily Richardson-Lorente takes us to a clinic designed just for them.

Calvin Pynn

Protesters rallied outside of the Harrisonburg Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, office on Monday. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn was there.

WMRA Daily 6/26/18

Jun 26, 2018

Protesters rally outside of Harrisonburg’s ICE office... A Bath county couple invites a few hundred of their closest friends to camp out on their property, to stop the advance of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… How UVa has become a hub for transgender people seeking medical care….