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WMRA Daily 8/31/17

Aug 31, 2017

Charlottesville city officials met behind closed doors Wednesday, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized… we’ll find out why…. Virginia rescue crews are headed to Texas to help with the flooding from Harvey…. And Senator Tim Kaine calls the questions over the future of the DACA program for Dreamers “an existential crisis”…

WMRA Daily 8/30/17

Aug 30, 2017

Two men have been identified as part of the violence in Charlottesville – one in Georgia has been arrested, and one in Ohio is fighting extradition to Virginia… and, a look at how young many of those running for the House of Delegates are this year…

WMRA Daily 8/29/17

Aug 29, 2017

The commonwealth’s shrinking juvenile prison population, and Charlottesville’s court battle over removing the statue of Robert E. Lee.

WMRA Daily 8/28/17

Aug 28, 2017

A ten day march from Charlottesville to Washington DC begins today.  New charges filed against three people involved in the deadly Charlottesville rally.  And candidates for governor weigh in on what to do with the commonwealth’s many confederate statues.

WMRA Daily 8/25/17

Aug 25, 2017

Actions taken by Governor Terry McAuliffe -  a new commission to study radicalism and racism, funds to expand a craft brewery in Augusta County, and contemplating whether or not to approve water quality permits for pipelines.

WMRA Daily 8/24/17

Aug 24, 2017

Do ban the box laws do more harm than good?  The high cost of higher education is getting even higher, and a present for expectant parents.

WMRA Daily 8/23/17

Aug 23, 2017

A fresh poll from Roanoke College shows Democrat Ralph Northam still holding a lead in the governor’s race, and Virginians deeply divided on a number of issues… we also take a look at a new way to get local wheat to your kitchen table, that’s a lot like the old way…

WMRA Daily 8/22/17

Aug 22, 2017

Angry Charlottesville citizens took over Monday night’s city council meeting for a while, the first since the deadly white supremacist rally, and WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there… meanwhile, students are returning to UVa this week, and some of them and their families are concerned in the wake of the violence of August 12th… and, Virginia wraps up its fiscal year in good standing…

WMRA Daily 8/21/17

Aug 21, 2017

State lawmakers from the WMRA region call for the DEQ to slow down its process for evaluating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… meanwhile, in the wake of Charlottesville, many lawmakers, and citizens, are re-evaluating the permitting process for mass rallies, and also not just whether Confederate monuments should come down, but whether public fixtures such as schools and bridges should be renamed…

WMRA Daily 8/18/17

Aug 18, 2017

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...

WMRA Daily 7/28/17

Jul 28, 2017

A Charlottesville high school teacher is under arrest for alleged possession of child pornography… Republican Ed Gillespie announces a plan for public safety… and, we’ll have a look at what it will be like, soon, when whites are a minority in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 7/27/17

Jul 27, 2017

Charlottesville’s Chihamba African-American festival is back, and we’ve got a preview…  a Virginia Tech-designed self-driving car makes a cross-country trip, winding up in Richmond...  and, we take a look at money in Virginia politics.

WMRA Daily 7/26/17

Jul 26, 2017

ViaAir answers complaints by officials at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, who are looking for a new carrier… One Virginia lawmaker is looking for a way to regulate online lending…. And, Natural Bridge gets a stress test….

WMRA Daily 7/25/17

Jul 25, 2017

On Monday the U.S. House of Representatives voted down a money bill that many veterans opposed, including one veteran in Harrisonburg… meanwhile, Democrats choose Virginia’s 10th District to announce their new “Better Deal” program to take back power in Washington…

WMRA Daily 7/24/17

Jul 24, 2017

Virginia’s major party candidates for governor met in their first debate in Hot Springs, but the Libertarian wasn’t invited…  Shenandoah Valley’s airport is unhappy with ViaAir, the sole provider of air service there, and airport officials want to replace them…

WMRA Daily 7/21/17

Jul 21, 2017

Senator Tim Kaine will visit the remote medical clinic that once each year provides free medical care for people in the Appalachians…  Authorities say dashcam video footage shows a Culpeper County man pointed a shotgun at deputies before they fatally shot him after a chase...  and, the debate over debates in Virginia’s race for governor has begun….

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