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Courtesy of Bishop Mark Bourlakas

Among the many groups that descended on Charlottesville last weekend for Saturday’s rally of white supremacists, a collection of faith leaders from around the country stood together to provide solace and solidarity in the midst of chaos. WMRA's Faith Pinho has this story about how the Episcopal Church responded to events in Charlottesville -- and how it is addressing issues of race in general.

Courtesy Brookhaven Women's Health Center

Midwives have delivered babies for centuries, but in America they mostly went underground as childbirth became medicalized in the 20th century.  So, like many other midwives these days, Misty Ward, owner and founder of Brookhaven Women’s Health and Natural Birthing Center outside Harrisonburg, is a bit of a rebel, part of a growing movement to de-medicalize childbirth.  For the next installment of our Women of Interest series, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has her profile.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Since at least back to 2000, local nonprofits have not had to pay the $52-per-ton dumping fee at the Rockingham County Landfill. Next year, however, they will need to pay. For some, that change could hurt, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Courtesy Shanil Virani

Don’t worry! If you’ve not made plans to travel to see the solar eclipse on Monday [August 21] from the path of totality, you can still enjoy it from right here in the Valley. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

Monday evening, the Jefferson School's African-American Heritage Center hosted a Community Conversation to talk about Saturday's violence in the city, and how to move forward.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini was there.

Marguerite Gallorini

Charlottesville’s Police Department is again under heavy criticism. After last month’s KKK rally, some blamed the police for taking an over-militarized, aggressive approach towards protesters. Now, some are saying the police erred in the other direction, and in many instances of disorder did nothing. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Jordy Yager

Heather Heyer, 32, of Ruckersville was killed Saturday in Charlottesville by a car attack.  The alleged driver of that car is in custody, charged with murder.  Ms. Heyer was peacefully protesting against right-wing hate groups that descended on the city for a rally.  A vigil was held Sunday night to remember her.  WMRA's Jordy Yager reports.

Jordy Yager

On Saturday, Charlottesville made international news with the deaths of three people and the largest white nationalist gathering the city has seen in modern history. WMRA’s Jordy Yager was on the ground and has this report.

Marguerite Gallorini

As crowds were beginning to disperse after Saturday’s rally of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and KKK members in Charlottesville, a car plunged into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters near the downtown mall.  One woman was killed, and 19 others in the street were injured.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was there when it happened.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini witnessed events at the Aug. 12 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, and has a report... Jessie Knadler surveys the history of the Staunton Music Festival, and previews this week in its 20th year.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz gathered a collage of voices from protesters who had gathered for a hearing on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline....

Nineteen people are reported injured, and one dead, after a car plowed through a crowd of people marching peacefully against white nationalists and Nazis in Charlottesville.  Mayor Mike Signer tweeted:  "I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home."  Here is reporting from NPR.

Jordy Yager

On Saturday (Aug. 12), hundreds of alt-right activists are expected to gather in Charlottesville for a rally to save the city’s Robert E. Lee statue. The city is still reeling from a KKK rally one month ago, and struggling to find a balance between public safety and safeguarding civil liberties. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Monday (Aug. 7) at James Madison University, several hundred people attended the first of five public hearings across the state to be held by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Energy says the pipeline, set to cross Virginia, will create lots of jobs, provide much-needed domestic and “clean burning” natural gas, and more.

Les Kipp

In the mood for some classical?  The Staunton Music Festival, where musicians from around the world descend on the town for a week long “rethink” of classical music, is back for the middle of August. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler spoke to its founders about why this festival in little ol’ Staunton has become a can’t-miss event for music lovers from all over.

On this week's Second Look, Christopher Clymer Kurtz has the next installment of our Women of Interest series with a profile of Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed.... Marguerite Gallorini talks with local health care professionals about the opioid problem, and a new report led by a UVa professor.... and, Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman explores issues surrounding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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