Kids in some areas will get an extra long weekend, with a few schools closed again Friday.  Other systems will open late...

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President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal last year called for a 25% cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.  As members of Congress talk about ways to cut the federal budget, one local food bank leader says that even a 10% cut would hurt those in need. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Faith E. Pinho

Just over five months after the deadly Charlottesville protests in August, one hour away in Lexington, both Confederate and rainbow flags flew this weekend, as two different groups celebrated the Virginia state Lee-Jackson holiday, and the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. WMRA’s Faith Pinho has the story.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA’s Faith Pinho has the story of the Rockbridge Civil Discourse Society, returning civility to politics one beer at a time.  Amy Loeffler reports on a JMU professor who hopes his music sharing app is one that WON’T distract us from our everyday lives.  We’ve also got reports on the first week of the new General Assembly, as Virginia says bye-bye to Governor Terry McAuliffe, hello Governor Ralph Northam...

Amy Loeffler

Social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook have had a profound effect on the way we relate to one another, and often the very apps meant to help us feel more connected, leave us feeling isolated and distracted from relationships that really matter.  But one JMU professor is developing an app that gets around that problem.  WMRA's Amy Loeffler has the story.

Faith E. Pinho

How much discussion of politics was there among your extended family over the holidays?  As differences between the political parties intensify and political discussions become more polarized, many people are avoiding engaging in such debates entirely.  But for one new group in Rockbridge County – that’s the whole point. WMRA’s Faith Pinho has the story.

The Best of 2017

Jan 6, 2018

On this week's Second Look, we enjoy the most popular WMRA stories from 2017, with reporters Marguerite Gallorini, Emily Richardson-Lorente and Jessie Knadler.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Often when police approach a person, it’s not a “Merry Christmas” sort of situation. But police departments around the country have started taking some time to play Santa – including in Harrisonburg, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Looking for stocking stuffers for the local beer drinker in your life?  The one-year-old Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, a route of 14 craft breweries in the region, recently launched a passport program, making it even easier for beer fans to sink local suds over the holidays. WMRA's Jessie Knadler has the details.

On this week’s Second Look, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has a detailed report on a lawsuit alleging inhumane conditions for dozens of unaccompanied immigrant children being detained at a facility near Staunton.  Also, Marguerite Gallorini sat in on an Affordable Housing 101 forum in Charlottesville, and she also explores how police officers there are getting some housing help, so they can actually afford to live in the city.  Also, we review the week in Virginia politics.


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