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Around 30 unaccompanied immigrant children are being held at a juvenile detention center near Staunton.  In Part Two of our report, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler takes a look at how these undocumented youth cope with confinement and trauma.

A class action lawsuit filed by a 17-year-old Mexican boy detained at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton shines a light on what has been described as brutal, inhumane conditions faced by roughly 30 unaccompanied immigrant children confined there.  Their crime?  Entering the United States, often alone, to flee violence south of the border.  WMRA's Jessie Knadler has the first in this two-part report.

Charlottesville Police Foundation

The Charlottesville Police Foundation is a local non-profit organization that has been helping officers in the City since 2004. They do that through a variety of programs - from extra training, to partnerships through grants and various community events, as well as housing assistance. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talked with the foundation's Executive Director, Mindy Goodall.

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Charlottesville is undergoing an affordable housing crisis. So the non-profit organization IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together) invited Dave Leibson, the Vice President of Alliance for Housing Solution in Arlington to provide an “Affordable Housing 101” crash course at the Church of the Incarnation in Charlottesville.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Saturday [December 9, 2017] afternoon several dozen people gathered on Court Square in Harrisonburg to rally against current Republican attempts at tax reform. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini surveys the various proposals to limit weapons at future public demonstrations in Charlottesville and elsewhere, and she explores Virginia's severe teacher shortage, and she reports on the interest that Invisibilia's Lulu Miller has in Virginia's history of forced sterilizations.  And, Mike Dolzer tours the tiny museum in Harrisonburg that commemorates the super-sized legacy of Harriet Tubman.

Have We Found Earth 2.0?

Dec 7, 2017

On this episode of Our Island Universe: The promise of exoplanet Ross 128 b.

Bob Leweke

On an out-of-the-way street corner in Harrisonburg, a tiny building commemorates a legend of American history, and represents the struggle to heal the nation’s racial divide.  WMRA’s Mike Dolzer reports.

Lulu Miller, former Radiolab producer and co-founder and co-host of Invisibilia on NPR, is currently a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to write her book: Why Fish Don’t Exist, looking at how we categorize the world.  Virginia performed the second-highest number of forced sterilizations in the country, and a chapter in her book focuses on the not-so-old practice of eugenics. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Some experts say the teacher shortage in Virginia is now a crisis. And not only is there a downward trend in enrollment in teaching curriculums overall, but the lack of African-Americans in that field is even more alarming at a time when diversity in classrooms is becoming increasingly necessary. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview.

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy delivered his report on the August 12th events in Charlottesville to City Council last night.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Marguerite Gallorini

The aftermath of August 12 in Charlottesville prompted many responses, including a report that was released on Friday [Dec. 1] citing multiple problems with the police response to the white supremacists that rallied over the summer.  But there have also been calls for more regulation of weapons and private militias in the city. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview of those proposals.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz explores the debate over what to do about the feral cat population, and about pet cats whose owners let them run around outside.  Christopher also has a look at how some localities including Harrisonburg are moving to regulate Airbnb hosting.  Also, texting to your smartphone as the next step in political campaigning, a broader look at Virginia politics, and Our Island Universe!

Oumaumau Gives Us an Interstellar Fly-By

Nov 30, 2017
Wikipedia Commons / ESO / M. Kornmesser

On this episode of Our Island Universe: What we already know about our recent interstellar visitor, Oumaumau.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

While cat advocates promote controlling feral cat populations through Trap-Neuter-Release, or TNR, one local expert is calling for regulation of this practice — and voicing his concerns about the harm to wildlife caused by outdoor pets and feral cats. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This year Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation giving localities authority to regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb. In Harrisonburg, those regulations of this currently illegal form of hospitality are taking shape. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

On Sunday, the League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area organized a Meet and Greet between residents and their delegates - including Democratic House Minority Leader David Toscano. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was there.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Peter Jump files his first story, on Charlottesville's West Main growing pains.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz listens in as Trent Wagler and others pay tribute to Leonard Cohen, in song of course.... Marguerite Gallorini was there as Hillary Clinton helped wrap up UVa's Women's Global Leadership forum.... and Miranda Bennett takes a look back at last December's exhibit of refugee art.... plus, Our Island Universe!

Every Saturday before Thanksgiving, National Adoption Day is celebrated through various events in the country - and in the region. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

Seeking Meaning in the Stars

Nov 16, 2017

On this episode of Our Island Universe: Some thoughts on mankind's relationship with the stars and the urge to find meaning in their movement.

Peter Jump

The center of Charlottesville hosts a major university, student housing, residential areas and of course, businesses large and small serving all of them – and suffering from growing pains.  WMRA’s Peter Jump looks at this juggling act of development along West Main Street -  the corridor between the university and the city’s downtown.

Marguerite Gallorini

Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton provided the closing remarks of the University of Virginia's two-day Women's Global Leadership forum Tuesday afternoon, as part of the university's bicentennial commemoration. Topics included sexism in politics and elsewhere, but also the protection of democracy in the U.S. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini has more.

Last week marked a year since the death of singer / songwriter Leonard Cohen. This Veteran’s Day in Harrisonburg, a tribute to Cohen sold out Pale Fire Brewing Company. Proceeds benefitted a Harrisonburg-based nonprofit called War Paints, which showcases and sells creative and artistic products by veterans and first responders.

On this week's Second Look, we turn much of the show over to WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz, who: explores why DEQ has issued a drought watch for much of our region... visits the filming set of a new movie in Winchester... and reports on the continuing debate over what to do about overcrowding at Harrisonburg High, even though the school board already voted unanimously to build a new one.  We also hear from Virginia Public Radio about the youngsters embracing bluegrass music... and, we pay tribute to the late, great Carl Sagan on Our Island Universe.

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In June the Harrisonburg City School Board unanimously endorsed building a second high school for the city, to alleviate the overcrowding at Harrisonburg High School. Even as the city pursues that, a variety of voices are weighing in on what they want to see happen. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Happy Birthday Carl Sagan

Nov 9, 2017
NASA / JPL

On this episode of Our Island Universe: Shanil Virani pays tribute to one of the most influential science educators in modern times, Carl Sagan.

Sixth District Representative Bob Goodlatte announced Thursday morning that he will not seek re-election in 2018, 25 years and 13 terms after winning his seat in Congress partly on a platform of term limits.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This fall marks the start of something new at Shenandoah University in Winchester: A partnership between the university and a film and television production company. It’s starting off with the University as the set for an upcoming feature film starring Barry Bostwick and Jennifer Stone. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz visited the set for this story.

Virginia Democrats will hold on to the governor's mansion, as well as the offices of lieutenant governor and attorney general, sweeping statewide races in yesterday's elections.  With all precincts reporting, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie by a nearly 9-point margin, 54% to 45%.

Click here for latest election results statewide, and in your local races.

The 30th annual Virginia Film Festival kicks off Thursday, with more than 120 films over the weekend throughout Charlottesville. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

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