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9:31 am
Fri August 14, 2009

Word Games

Dillwyn, VA – Janet Miller puts words together in Dillwyn.

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WMRA News
6:16 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

A Safety Corrider For I-81

Richmond, VA – Todd Gilbert is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Shenandoah County. It was in his region that a series of tractor trailer related crashes closed down interstate 81 for more than 12 hours one day late last month.

One of those crashes killed two people when their passenger vehicle burst into flames.

Gilbert says that kind of tragedy has been happening "just too often" in his district.

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Civic Soapbox
6:04 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Thoughts on Health Care Reform

Afton, VA – Larry Stopper is a self-employed business owner living in Afton.

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Civic Soapbox
4:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2009

Unconstitutional Religious Tests for Political Office

Harrisonburg, VA – Brian Kaylor is a former pastor who now teaches political communication at James Madison Univerisity.

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WMRA News
8:23 am
Fri July 31, 2009

An Insurance Protestor's Arrest Story

Charlottesville, VA – Joe Szakos has been a community organizer for more than 30 years. For almost half that time he's headed up the state wide group called the Virginia Organizing Project. In all his years working on a wide variety of highly charged issues, he had never before been arrested.

That changed last week, when Szakos staged a protest against his own health insurance company.

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down with Joe Szakos for some perspective on the highly publicized arrest.

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WMRA News
4:48 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Special Session Controversy

Richmond, VA – Governor Tim Kaine has called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The Governor has notified members of the State Senate and House of Delegates that the emergency session will begin on the 19th of August.

The purpose of the session -- to respond to a recent U-S Supreme Court decision about the type of testimony that must be allowed in criminal prosecutions.

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Civic Soapbox
3:13 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

Local Art

Faber, VA – Mary Coy is an actor living in Faber.

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Civic Soapbox
11:53 am
Fri July 10, 2009

One Summer's Soul-mate

Singer's Glen, VA – Martha Woodroof is editor of the WMRA Civic Soapbox. She lives in Singer's Glen.

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One Person's Voice
6:07 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Jawan Shir

Harrisonburg, VA – Twenty-four-year old Jawan Shir is a citizen of Afghanistan.

He has lived through the Soviet occupation of his country and has been jailed by the Taliban.

Jawan is now in this country on a Fulbright scholarship, studying at James Madison University and WMRA's Martha Woodroof recently sat down with him to hear his story.

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Civic Soapbox
2:51 pm
Fri July 3, 2009

Uncles and Omaha Beach

Newport News, VA – Sam Heatwole was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. He's now a teacher and voice specialist, living in Newport News. Two of his uncles landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.

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