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3:44 am
Fri February 1, 2008

Thoughts on Payday Lending

Staunton, VA – A call to return to Virginia's historical regulation of usurious interest rates. John Whitfield lives in Staunton, Virginia.

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WMRA News
2:37 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Non-Partisan Legislative Districts

Charlottesville, VA – A proposal some believe could change the face of Virginia politics got a surprise boost this week. Two Democrats, former Governor Mark Warner and current Governor Tim Kaine, as well as two Republicans, former Governor George Allen and current Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, have thrown their support behind the idea of a non-partisan system for creating legislative districts. WMRA's Tom Graham spoke with the plan's sponsor, Democratic State Senator Creigh Deeds.

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WMRA News
9:45 am
Wed January 30, 2008

Conversations with Jennifer Smith, Part Two

Harrisonburg, VA – Gemeinschaft graduate, 29-year-old Jennifer Smith-of Bluefield, West Virginia, spent 4 and 1/2 years in the state penitentiary at Goochland. In the first part of her conversation with WMRA's Martha Woodroof, Jennifer talked about her life before prison. In this part, she takes up her story from inside prison.


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Here's a virtually-unedited version of Martha Woodroof's initial conversation with Jennifer Smith.

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WMRA News
4:53 am
Tue January 29, 2008

Conversations with Jennifer Smith

Harrisonburg, VA – On November 2 of last year, 12 women became the first women graduates of Gemeinschaft Home, Harrisonburg's transition program for nonviolent offenders dealing with substance abuse. Four among those 12 decided to stay put in Harrisonburg. WMRA's Martha Woodroof asked Probation & Parole District 39 whose office is in Harrisonburg to put her in touch with a graduate who'd be willing talk with us regularly over the next six months. The following is the first of these conversations.

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WMRA News
11:06 am
Sun January 27, 2008

Photo Red

Charlottesville, VA – In the very near future, when you run a red light in parts of Virginia, it could turn into a memorable "Kodak moment" and end up costing you a 50-dollar ticket. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports on the new "red light camera enforcement program."

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Civic Soapbox
10:38 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Witchcraft and Autism

Staunton, VA – Thoughts on the potential intrusiveness of magical thinking in the practice of medicine. Kurtis Sauder is a pediatrician practicing in Staunton, Virginia.

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WMRA News
4:52 am
Wed January 23, 2008

A Conversation with Senator Emmett Hanger

Richmond, VA – How do you determine if someone's politics are right wing, left wing, or middle of the road? WMRA's Tom Graham has this report on one Virginia state lawmaker who defines himself as a conservative, but doesn't always find his colleagues in agreement.

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WMRA News
4:47 am
Tue January 22, 2008

A Conversation with Delegate David Toscano

Richmond, VA – One way to gauge the importance of an issue is to count the number of new laws being proposed because of that issue. By that measure, the winner in Virginia's General Assembly now seems clear. WMRA's Tom Graham reports.

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WMRA News
4:42 am
Tue January 22, 2008

Lethal Injection

Charlottesville, VA – U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments on whether death by lethal injection violates the U.S. Constitution. Martha Woodroof takes a look at the potential impact of this on Virginia's death row inmates.

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WMRA News
4:35 am
Mon January 21, 2008

A Conversation with Delegate Ben Cline

Richmond, VA – Will Virginia taxes go up? Will abusive driver fees go away? Should Virginia follow the lead of other states in cracking down on illegal immigration? State lawmakers address those questions and more in a series of WMRA interviews. This conversation is with Delegate Ben Cline (R-24), whose district covers Rockbridge County, southern Augusta County, Lexington, Buena Vista and most of Amherst County.

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