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6:13 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Hydraulic Fracturing in Virginia, Part II

Harrisonburg, VA – The nation's need for energy has fueled what some call a new gold rush, drilling for natural gas trapped in layers of shale deep underground.

The nation's largest expanse of shale is in Appalachia, stretching from Virginia to New York.

So far, only one firm has asked for a permit to drill in Virginia, but a Houston-based company has leased thousands of acres around Harrisonburg, and residents are getting nervous.

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WMRA News
6:14 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Hydraulic Fracturing in Virginia, Part I

Abingdon, VA – With the dangers of nuclear power playing out in Japan, fighting in Libya pushing oil prices up, and climate scientists pointing an accusing finger at coal, America is desperate for some energy alternatives.

One that seemed promising is natural gas, a relatively clean burning fuel.

But critics now say the process of getting gas from the ground may be risky.

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Civic Soapbox
4:57 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Stuff

Lexington, VA – Devan Malore lives in Lexington.

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Civic Soapbox
9:42 am
Fri April 15, 2011

The Monster Lurking below the Lawn

Staunton, VA – Bruce Dorries is a member of Friends of the Middle River and teaches at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton.

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WMRA News
4:13 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Remembering Pete Hill

Culpeper, VA – History is riddled with mistakes.

One of these mistakes, concerning the birthplace of Pete Hill, a Baseball Hall of Fame baseball player you've probably never heard of, was corrected recently with the unveiling of a new historical marker by the side of the road in Culpeper.

For Virginia Public Radio, Martha Woodroof reports.

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Civic Soapbox
9:42 am
Fri April 8, 2011

In Praise of Public Service

Harrisonburg, VA – Reid Wodicka lives in Harrisonburg and is the Town Manager of Elkton. He will receive a Master of Public Administration degree from James Madison University in May.

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WMRA News
5:02 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Virtual Virginia

Roanoke, VA – High School students all around Virginia are taking classes that their schools cannot provide... at least not in the traditional sense.

These young people are enrolled in one or more of the 50 courses offered through "Virtual Virginia," the state's online public school academy.

Virginia Public Radio's Fred Echols visited a Virtual Virginia teacher in Roanoke to get a closer look at how online teaching works.

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Civic Soapbox
5:39 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Physiology of Love

Harrisonburg, VA – Christian Early is a Danish immigrant who teaches philosophy at Eastern Mennonite University.

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WMRA News
2:29 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Locksmith Swindlers

Charlottesville, VA – Prosecutors in most big cities have heard about con artists who prey on people locked out of their homes or cars, and some states have taken the worst offenders to court.

But here in Virginia phony locksmiths appear to be scamming consumers at will, while state regulators struggle to keep up.

Sandy Hausman reports

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Civic Soapbox
4:42 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Hope for Charlie Sheen

North Garden, VA – RB Horsley is a writer and poet who lives in North Garden.

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