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WMRA Daily 8/18/17

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Senator Mark Warner says he sees some good that may come out of Trump’s comments on Charlottesville… We’ll have the latest on the legal battle over the Robert E. Lee statue, that is at the center of what happened in Charlottesville last weekend… and, we look at how some faith leaders are responding to Charlottesville, and to the problems of race more broadly…

WMRA Daily 8/17/17

Aug 17, 2017

Hundreds gather to remember Heather Heyer, killed in last Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville… later, many people marched peacefully through the U-V-A grounds in a candlelight vigil against hate and violence, as Governor Terry McAuliffe joins calls for localities to take down Confederate monuments… and, we profile Harrisonburg midwife Misty Ward for the next part of our Women of Interest series…

WMRA Daily 8/16/17

Aug 16, 2017

Two people injured in the car attack in Charlottesville on Saturday are suing the alleged perpetrator, and the organizers of the white supremacist rally…  non-profits, including thrift stores, in Rockingham County will be paying to leave materials at the county landfill for the first time in years, beginning in 2018… and, we’ve got tips on safely viewing next Monday’s solar eclipse...

WMRA Daily 8/15/17

Aug 15, 2017

Chief Al Thomas defends the Charlottesville police in the face of criticism, again, after Saturday’s violence there, and he expresses regret for the loss of life… meanwhile, members of the community try to begin healing... and, insurance providers in Virginia’s ACA marketplace get shuffled….

WMRA Daily 8/14/17

Aug 14, 2017

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the KKK descend, once again, on Charlottesville… As violence broke out on Saturday, one woman is killed by an alleged neo-Nazi… we will remember Heather Heyer, and we’ll have an overview of the weekend and the aftermath….

WMRA Daily 8/11/17

Aug 11, 2017

A jury recommends life in prison for a man convicted of killing his wife with antifreeze in Verona… Virginia State Police are looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer who apparently killed a Tennessee man near Lexington in a hit-and-run… We also take a look at the role of unemployment in this year’s campaign for Virginia governor…

WMRA Daily 8/10/17

Aug 10, 2017

Charlottesville braces for another big rally, while the city is still raw from the July KKK rally and the police response… yet another poll shows Democrat Northam leading Republican Gillespie for governor… and, we take a look at the mortgage tax deduction – will tax reform happen in Washington?

WMRA Daily 8/9/17

Aug 9, 2017

A former JMU student is sentenced to time behind bars for voter fraud… Virginia’s health insurance market actually looks pretty healthy for the coming year, despite Republican claims that it’s “imploding”… and, at the moment, the Democrats are leading the Republicans in this year’s statewide contests….

WMRA Daily 8/8/17

Aug 8, 2017

Charlottesville City Council denies a white nationalist group’s request to rally later this month at Emancipation Park downtown, moving it to another park farther away… protesters, and supporters, show up at a public hearing for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Harrisonburg… and, we’ve got a look at the history of the Staunton Music Festival….

WMRA Daily 8/7/17

Aug 7, 2017

The NRA endorses Republican Ed Gillespie for governor… Senator Mark Warner co-sponsors legislation to send some relief to food deserts in America… and, a little-known Virginia law allows private collection agencies to slap huge fees on college debt, and one lawmaker proposes a fix…

WMRA Daily 8/4/17

Aug 4, 2017

Harrisonburg’s state senator Mark Obenshain requests a review of the state’s elections agency, but the report isn’t due until after next year’s mid-term elections… Planned Parenthood in Virginia throws its support behind Democrat Ralph Northam for governor… and, we take a look at a big new report to the F-D-A on opioids, chaired by a U-V-A professor.

WMRA Daily 8/3/17

Aug 3, 2017

Charlottesville says it spent more than $30,000 on its police response to the Ku Klux Klan rally last month, as another far-right rally to support the Lee statue and counter-protest is planned for this month… Dominion Energy repays money it overcharged thousands of commercial customers… and, in today’s feature, the next installment of our “Women of Interest” series… we’ll profile Harrisonburg mayor Deena Reed.

WMRA Daily 8/2/17

Aug 2, 2017

Virginia is aging, but unevenly.  Where will the older people congregate, and what places will be getting younger in the next 20 years?  We’ll take a look at that, and at an exhibit of photographs of refugees in the Valley, that exhibit opens this weekend.

WMRA Daily 8/1/17

Aug 1, 2017

Waynesboro gets a big settlement to make up for years of mercury pollution of the South River by the DuPont plant… political activist Dr. Cornel West is coming to Charlottesville to join faith leaders in opposition to a white nationalist rally on August 12th… and what would happen in Virginia if Trump carries out his threat to cut off health care subsidies under ObamaCare?

WMRA Daily 7/31/17

Jul 31, 2017

JMU is among three Virginia universities now conducting research on industrial hemp under a new state law… Senator Cree Deeds drops a state lawsuit, but his case against a Rockbridge County agency related to the 2013 death of his son remains… and, the Department of Transportation asks for bids for a new air carrier for Shenandoah Valley’s airport...

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