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WMRA Daily 2/16/18

Feb 16, 2018

Only one of the many gun control bills proposed in the General Assembly has survived… but some form of Medicaid expansion looks more likely… and, we profile a Woodstock World War II vet who is still flying, and saving lives….

WMRA Daily 2/15/18

Feb 15, 2018

Two state Senate bills target the traffic problem on I-81, and just make it under the Crossover Day deadline… a fifth Republican throws his hat into the ring to challenge Senator Tim Kaine this November… and, current and former employees at the Cargill plant in Dayton allege abuse by the company….

WMRA Daily 2/14/18

Feb 14, 2018

Virginia state legislators pass Crossover Day with some big issues, including Medicaid expansion and oversight of electric monopolies, remaining unresolved… other bills are passed addressing sanctuary cities and suspensions of grade-school children…. Meanwhile, city officials in Charlottesville deal with too many deer….

WMRA Daily 2/13/18

Feb 13, 2018

The company behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is suing a property owners association in Nelson County over land for the pipeline… a new law may save you money on your electric bill after all… and, former New Jersey governor and Trump supporter Chris Christie visits the Miller Center in Charlottesville….

WMRA Daily 2/12/18

Feb 12, 2018

Charlottesville residents learn how their local government works, and its limits… the state Supreme Court denies an elderly Staunton man’s appeal of his first-degree murder conviction… and, why are some rural residents stringing up coyote carcasses?

Some big businesses want bigger trucks on Virginia roads.  A compromise is on the table for changing what counts as a felony.  Lawmakers debate whether police can learn the immigration status of a witness.  A political donor tries to entice candidates to take his money instead of Dominion’s, and advocates push the limits of medical marijuana in Virginia.

Lawmakers move to protect student information, limit some suspensions, and ensure children won’t be shamed in the lunch line.  Also, coal ash ponds stay open for now, and community-wide conversations on racism begin in Charlottesville.

The fiscal effect of making Medicaid recipients work for their coverage.  Adjusting prosecutor’s options for dealing with underage sexting.  New limits on drones.  A gerrymandering solution.  Confronting a troubled past and honoring pioneers at UVa.

While consensus grows on lifting a utilities rate freeze, lawmakers and activists differ on the details. Middle and high school students would learn about boundaries and privacy under a new bill.  The governor and house speaker team up to reduce regulations.  NPR’s TV critic Eric Deggans talks about how media divides us.

Assembly members take on the opioid epidemic.  Paid Family leave struggles in Richmond.  Lawmakers debate whether court fees should keep you from driving but leave women’s advocates hanging.  Kessler’s attackers are sentenced.  Dominion estimates the cost of upgrades.

Lawmakers in Richmond negotiate terms for expanding Medicaid while one legislator proposes an alternative.  The Mountain Valley Pipe Line is put on hold over compensating landowners.  Virginia signs on to a letter protesting offshore drilling.  Charlottesville finally begins forming its first Citizens Police Review Board.

Lawmakers in Richmond consider Internet restrictions.  Dozens of environmental bills meet their end in the Assembly, while a gun rights bill stays alive…for now.  Confederate Monuments win protection and sexual harassment training for legislators gets hung up.

WMRA Daily 1/31/18

Jan 31, 2018

Poultry workers in Dayton protest Cargill’s labor practices… A coalition of conservation groups has gone to court to challenge federal regulators' decision to approve the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline … and, a bill to expand Medicaid advances in the General Assembly, but it contains work requirements that Democrats oppose….

WMRA Daily 1/30/18

Jan 30, 2018

The Tebow Bill goes down in defeat again in the General Assembly… Virginia Republicans say they’re willing to talk Medicaid expansion, but only with work requirements for recipients… and, President Obama’s photographer remembers his days on the job in a talk at UVa….

WMRA Daily 1/29/18

Jan 29, 2018

Two deputies will not be charged for shooting a man to death last year in Culpeper County… the Atlantic Coast Pipeline clears two more regulatory hurdles in West Virginia and North Carolina… and, Governor Northam continues to push the Trump administration to exempt Virginia from offshore drilling….

WMRA Daily 1/26/18

Jan 26, 2018

You could call it another version of “Kill Bill.”  It was a busy week for the General Assembly, as bills promoting gun control, Medicaid expansion, marijuana legalization, and driver’s licenses for the undocumented all died in committees… But we get away from it all with a tour of Charlottesville’s French sister city, and the citadel of Besançon….

WMRA Daily 1/25/18

Jan 25, 2018

One local hospital asks young children not to visit, as the health system deals with the worst flu season in years… In General Assembly news, lawmakers wrangle with making sure that future elections are not determined by the luck of the draw, and take steps toward expanding the use of medical marijuana….

WMRA Daily 1/24/18

Jan 24, 2018

Pipeline opponents launch a “citizens surveillance” group to monitor the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… In response to last year’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia’s attorney general proposes making “domestic terrorism” a state crime… and, state legislators debate giving driver’s licenses to undocumented residents….

WMRA Daily 1/23/18

Jan 23, 2018

Virginia’s African-American lieutenant governor walks away in protest over lawmakers’ traditional recognition of a Confederate general… Tolls for heavy trucks may be coming to Interstate 81… And, WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz measures the balance between the rights of panhandlers and the need for public safety….

WMRA Daily 1/22/18

Jan 22, 2018

The federal government shuts down, but the effect on our area, including federal courts, is relatively limited so far… pipeline opponents challenge the state water control board’s certification of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in December… and, bills expanding abortion rights have died in the General Assembly….

WMRA Daily 1/19/18

Jan 19, 2018

The state Senate refuses to extend in-state tuition to Virginia’s Dreamers… but, the chamber did approve a softening of penalties for petty theft… and, electricity demand shattered records as record cold settled into Virginia in December and the first weeks of 2018, and you’ll see the effects on your next electric bill….

WMRA Daily 1/18/18

Jan 18, 2018

Policymakers in Richmond are busy grappling with the effect of the new federal tax law, fighting over electricity rates, and dealing with the opioid crisis… meanwhile, the head of the biggest food bank in our area warns about potential cuts to federal funding for food assistance….

WMRA Daily 1/17/18

Jan 17, 2018

Among the bills already dying in the General Assembly are attempts to raise the state’s minimum wage… lawmakers are already complaining about the lack of bipartisanship… and, Virginia joins other states in a lawsuit to block the FCC’s decision to end net neutrality….

WMRA Daily 1/16/18

Jan 16, 2018

Governor Northam lays out his agenda to the General Assembly, which quickly kills the new governor’s proposed gun restrictions… meanwhile, competing parades in Lexington marking both Lee-Jackson Day and the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, went off without a hitch, or violence, over the weekend….

WMRA Daily 1/15/18

Jan 15, 2018

Democrat Ralph Northam took the oath of office as Virginia’s 73rd governor on Saturday… we have reports from the inauguration and surrounding festivities… as well as the traditional prank the outgoing governor plays on the newbie in office….

WMRA Daily 1/12/18

Jan 12, 2018

Could it be a replay of Charlottesville’s August 12th?  Lexington yet again prepares for a weekend encompassing both Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with competing parades again this year… the U.S. Senate finally recognizes Virginia’s Native American tribes… and, we have an exit interview with outgoing Governor Terry McAuliffe….

WMRA Daily 1/11/18

Jan 11, 2018

Terry McAuliffe delivers his final State of the Commonwealth address as governor… as the General Assembly convenes for its 2018 session… and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says that if Florida can get an exemption from the Trump administration from off-shore drilling, so should Virginia….

WMRA Daily 1/10/18

Jan 10, 2018

The new session of the General Assembly convenes today, as Governor-elect Ralph Northam prepares to take the oath of office on Saturday… lawmakers have already begun filing bills, including a proposal to help women achieve equity with men… and, we visit one family on edge waiting for a renewal of the federally-funded health insurance program known as CHIP….

WMRA Daily 1/9/18

Jan 9, 2018

Sixth District Republicans will hold a convention at JMU to select their candidate to replace Representative Bob Goodlatte… General Assembly Democrats are in favor of increasing the minimum wage, but one delegate is going a step further… and, there’s a new system to match jobs with Virginians looking for work….

WMRA Daily 1/8/18

Jan 8, 2018

Voters are appealing a judge’s decision over the weekend to ignore election irregularities in a Fredericksburg-area House of Delegates race… firefighters battled a fire in Fishersville in sub-freezing temperatures that destroyed a new nursing home… and, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it is against the law to hang a noose on private property….

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