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Faith E. Pinho

The church where Confederate General Robert E. Lee attended during his time in Lexington will no longer bear his name, as of a vote last night by the vestry of R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church -- or, Grace Episcopal Church, as it is now called. WMRA's Faith Pinho has the story.

WMRA Daily 9/20/17

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The two major party gubernatorial candidates sparred over taxes, Trump, and Confederate monuments last night… Robert E. Lee’s church in Lexington is no longer named after him after a vote Tuesday… and, Charlottesville’s black residents look at an uncertain future, after a violent summer....

Jordy Yager

It’s been one month since a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville left three people dead and dozens more injured. The city has since attempted to piece itself back together, realizing that deeper issues are also at play. For a look towards the future, WMRA’s Jordy Yager spoke with educators and teens about their reality.

Dynamic Aviation in Bridgewater Turns 50

Sep 19, 2017
Dillon Broadwell

Last Saturday, Dynamic Aviation hosted a 50th anniversary party open to the public at their company headquarters near Bridgewater.  WMRA’s Dillon Broadwell was there to get a glimpse of the little airfield, and what Dynamic Aviation does.

WMRA Daily 9/19/17

Sep 19, 2017

Virginia State Police warn of a new email scam… we have a preview of Tuesday night’s debate between the major party candidates for governor… and, we visit last weekend’s air show near Bridgewater, as a company called Dynamic Aviation celebrates it’s 50th anniversary….

WMRA Daily 9/18/17

Sep 18, 2017

UVa announces its new president, the ninth in its history… Anthem changes its mind, and says it WILL offer health insurance plans in Virginia under the ACA… and, a new threat to the ongoing recovery of the bald eagle population in Virginia….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Forty years ago, bald eagles were in danger of extinction, but they’ve made a rebound, and theirs is considered an “Endangered Species Act success story.” But as they spread across Virginia in search of new habitat, they are finding some free lunches that are actually quite costly. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Across Virginia this week people gathered at offices of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, to voice their concerns and demands about the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast natural gas pipelines. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz attended Thursday’s [Sept. 14] gathering just outside of Harrisonburg at the Valley Regional DEQ Office.

WMRA Daily 9/15/17

Sep 15, 2017

UVa says it will donate to a fund helping people injured on August 12 in Charlottesville, in rebuke to the K-K-K… the Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a law that keeps state regulators away from a portion of electric rates… protesters showed up at D-E-Q offices around the state, including the one in Harrisonburg, to make their voices heard against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline….

WMRA Daily 9/14/17

Sep 14, 2017

UVa’s president says those who covered a statue of Thomas Jefferson desecrated sacred ground… Virginia’s health insurance market is teetering, especially for poor people, even as coverage is up because of the ACA… and, in the next episode of Women of Interest, we meet an 82-year-old bookkeeper whose work ethic would put most of us to shame….

Bookkeeping for Life

Sep 13, 2017
Jessie Knadler

Joyce Herndon is a one-of-a-kind bookkeeper for the Staunton Union Stockyards.  As WMRA’s Jessie Knadler discovered in the latest profile for our Women of Interest series, Herndon is all about vitality, longevity and the value of hard work.

Marguerite Gallorini

What is the state, and future, of investigative journalism under the new Trump administration? To try to answer to this question and many more, the Miller Center in Charlottesville invited a panel of prominent investigative journalists from The New York Times, ProPublica and BuzzFeed News. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini was there.

WMRA Daily 9/13/17

Sep 13, 2017

The Senate and House yesterday both passed a resolution, introduced by Virginia’s Senators, condemning white supremacists, and calling on Trump to do so… VMI in Lexington says it will keep its Confederate statues… and, investigative journalists discuss the state of their profession in the age of Trump….

Cities across the country are grappling with removing Confederate symbols. And perhaps nowhere is Confederate past and present more intertwined than in Lexington. Jessie Knadler looks at how the issues that spilled over into violence in Charlottesville last month have been playing out in Lexington for years. 

Marguerite Gallorini

Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures, about the true story of a group of black female mathematicians working at NASA and helping America dominate aeronautics, space research, and computer technology – although no textbook acknowledges their work. She discussed her novel yesterday at the Paramount Theater, in a lecture part of UVa’s Engagement Lecture Series. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

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