On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager has the latest on the Police Civilian Review Board about to be born in Charlottesville, after months of political wrangling.  He also heard reflections from Pete Souza on photographing President Barack Obama during his two terms in office.  Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports on the work being done by some local churches to provide cheese to local food banks, while helping struggling dairy farmers.  They call it the Cheese Ministry.  We also review the week in the General Assembly.

In February the city of Charlottesville will begin considering applicants for its first ever Police Civilian Review Board. The board has been a long time coming, and has been mired in politics. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Dairy farmers are facing hard times due to a flooded milk market and low prices. At the same time, many hungry families lack quality protein in their diets. Now some congregations in Harrisonburg are hoping to help alleviate both problems with one ministry: cheese. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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An Amtrak train carrying House and Senate Republicans to their annual retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck Wednesday morning near Charlottesville, Va.

At least one person was killed, according to a statement released by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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On Monday afternoon, former White House photographer Pete Souza spoke to a packed University of Virginia auditorium, about what it was like to follow Barack Obama for eight years. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

On this week's Second Look, officials say you may indeed be seeing more panhandlers in your area – a function of homelessness, hunger, social isolation, mental health and civil rights… and cities are limited in restricting their activity.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the story.  Also, Marguerite Gallorini visited Charlottesville’s sister city and its 17th century citadel in France over the holidays, and we’ll hear what she found.  We also survey a busy week in Virginia politics.

Marguerite Gallorini

Besançon has been Charlottesville’s sister city since 2006. In spite of their cultural differences, Charlottesville and Besançon are set in similar regions, and have similar vibes. There is one tourist attraction that doesn’t have its equal here though: Besançon’s 17th-century military citadel. Marguerite Gallorini was there over the holiday season and paints this picture for WMRA.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Maybe you’ve been seeing more of them: panhandlers out asking for money from drivers stopped at red lights in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, elsewhere. They often stand on medians at busy intersections – and embody an intersection of first amendment rights, public safety and social isolation, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

On this week's Second Look... Turns out everyone got along just fine last weekend in Lexington, as separate groups celebrated Lee-Jackson Day, then Martin Luther King – but those two parades were two days apart, and loads of preparation and extra security helped too.  WMRA’s Faith Pinho was there.  Christopher Clymer Kurtz talked with the head of the region’s largest food bank, who warned of the effects of potential cuts in the federal government’s food assistance program.  Lots of General Assembly news out of Richmond, too.

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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.


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