Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This Saturday [April 7], community members interested in the process of becoming naturalized citizens can learn more at an information session at Blue Ridge Community College. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and WMRA is presenting a six-part series about this increasingly prevalent developmental disorder. Today, we look at the educational system’s approach to students with autism. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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This week [April 3-4] a promoter of “place-based education” is coming to Harrisonburg to meet with current and future teachers. On Tuesday he’ll also give a keynote address that’s open to the public, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

On this week's Second Look, we kick off our month-long series on autism with Jessie Knadler's story about six-year-old Emmett, who is autistic, and whose mom is among those taking special ed classes at Mary Baldwin University, which now provides an undergraduate major in autism studies.  Jessie also surveys the effect of a nationwide crackdown on new refugee arrivals on one Harrisonburg agency that helps resettle them.  Also, stories on place-based education, a doctor’s office where no insurance card is necessary, invasive plants, and snapping turtles!

Kate Simon

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and World Autism Awareness Day is Monday, April 2.  So beginning today WMRA is embarking on a six-part series about this increasingly prevalent developmental disorder. Today, we look at applied behavior analysis – or ABA – a leading intervention for kids with autism, and how Mary Baldwin University is responding to the growing need.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

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Following President Trump’s decision to sharply restrict the number of refugees allowed into the United States, the State Department has informed refugee resettlement offices nationwide to trim operations or even close. One of those offices is in Harrisonburg, which has a long history of refugee resettlement. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler takes a look at how the new policy is affecting Rockingham County.

On this week's Second Look, Bob Leweke interviews award-winning author and journalist Sam Quinones about what he learned traveling the country in his investigation of the origins of the opioid crisis... Marguerite Gallorini has profiles of the candidates in the fifth district, where four Democrats are vying for the opportunity to unseat incumbent Republican Tom Garrett.  Meanwhile, one Virginia inmate is suing the state over prison food.  We also have our weekly look at Virginia politics.

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You might have seen the hashtags #GarrettMustGo or #OneTermTom: that means competition is in the air. This year, four Democratic candidates are running to challenge Tom Garrett for the fifth congressional district of Virginia in November.  The Democrats met last Saturday at Buford Middle School for a debate.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini put together these profiles.

Addiction has devastated hundreds of cities, small towns, and suburbs across America, including major swaths of Appalachia.  How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.

On this week's Second Look, we've got team coverage of the March 14 student walkouts protesting gun violence, at Rockbridge and Broadway High Schools, the University of Virginia, and even a private grade school in Harrisonburg – those reports from WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz, Jessie Knadler, and Emily Richardson-Lorente.


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Autism in Virginia: Special News Series

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and WMRA explores the issues surrounding autism with a news series, "Autism in Virginia." Supported by Paul Obaugh Ford and Lincoln.