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Faith E. Pinho

Just over five months after the deadly Charlottesville protests in August, one hour away in Lexington, both Confederate and rainbow flags flew this weekend, as two different groups celebrated the Virginia state Lee-Jackson holiday, and the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. WMRA’s Faith Pinho has the story.

WMRA Daily 1/16/18

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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….

Amy Loeffler

Social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook have had a profound effect on the way we relate to one another, and often the very apps meant to help us feel more connected, leave us feeling isolated and distracted from relationships that really matter.  But one JMU professor is developing an app that gets around that problem.  WMRA's Amy Loeffler has the story.

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….

Faith E. Pinho

How much discussion of politics was there among your extended family over the holidays?  As differences between the political parties intensify and political discussions become more polarized, many people are avoiding engaging in such debates entirely.  But for one new group in Rockbridge County – that’s the whole point. WMRA’s Faith Pinho has the story.

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….

WMRA Daily 1/5/18

Jan 5, 2018

A random drawing may have handed control of the House of Delegates to the Republicans -- we’ll have a full report on yesterday’s drawing that awarded the 94th district to incumbent Republican David Yancey – but is it a done deal? … Also, Trump lifts the ban on drilling off the coast of Virginia, but that’s not a done deal either….

WMRA Daily 1/4/18

Jan 4, 2018

A drawing will be held today to determine, by chance, the winner of the Newport News House of Delegates seat, and perhaps control of that chamber… a JMU geophysicist is among a team searching for the remains of slaves buried at Madison’s Montpelier… and, how important to Virginia’s economy is a Congressional fix for the so-called Dreamers?

WMRA Daily 1/3/18

Jan 3, 2018

An autopsy has been scheduled for the Charlottesville woman found dead in her home Monday night… Governor McAuliffe takes one last shot at expanding Medicaid… and, the Old Dominion is getting older….

WMRA Daily 1/2/18

Jan 2, 2018

Who will be Charlottesville’s next mayor?  Some councilors want to shake up the process for making that decision… White supremacist rallies and violence cost Charlottesville more than half a million dollars…. And, Governor McAuliffe commutes the death sentence of a convicted murderer….

WMRA Daily 12/29/17

Dec 29, 2017

The City of Charlottesville appoints an interim police chief, a lawyer for the organizer of the August white nationalist rally seeks a change of venue for a perjury trial, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s survey on the education workforce for young children and Virginia lawmakers look to reform the commonwealth’s system of standardized testing. 

WMRA Daily 12/28/17

Dec 28, 2017

Plans to break a tie in a Virginia House of Delegates race with a random drawing have been put on hold, young people are increasingly delaying their entry into the workforce, and Virginia’s ranking in the 2018 State of Mental Health report from Mental Health America.

WMRA Daily 12/27/17

Dec 27, 2017

The State Board of Elections has postponed a tie break in the still-contested 94th district, the town of Elkton receives a grant to repair a river bank,  a recent UVA grad has found a way to marry science and art, a UVA doctor helps Latinos receive better medical care, and free parking at Virginia Parks on New Year’s Day.

WMRA Daily 12/26/17

Dec 26, 2017

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors delays discussion of a proposed stormwater utility fee, a Strasburg town councilwoman resigns her post, which companies are contributing to Governor-elect Ralph Northam’s inauguration ceremonies and recycling your Christmas tree.

WMRA Daily 12/25/17

Dec 25, 2017

The drawing to determine the winner of the tied race for Delegate in Newport News will live streamed on Wednesday… A Charlottesville-based startup reaches another milestone to develop a new treatment for dry eye, the federal government awards a grant to protect acreage in Virginia, Kentucky Tennessee and major flaws in the report on Dominion’s contamination at ash ponds.

WMRA Daily 12/22/17

Dec 22, 2017

The tied race for delegate in Newport News will be determined by a drawing next Wednesday… Congress has prevented a government shutdown, but long-term health coverage for thousands of women and children in Virginia is still up in the air… and, we tag along as one Harrisonburg cop plays Santa….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Often when police approach a person, it’s not a “Merry Christmas” sort of situation. But police departments around the country have started taking some time to play Santa – including in Harrisonburg, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 12/21/17

Dec 21, 2017

That race in Newport News, decided by one vote?  It’s now tied, as certified by a three-judge panel, and we still don’t know the entire make-up of the House of Delegates – it could come down to essentially a coin toss… Senator Creigh Deeds says he will continue to push for same-day access for all state mental health centers… and, the governor-elect announces his pick for secretary of health and human resources….

WMRA Daily 12/20/17

Dec 20, 2017

One vote – one ballot – made the difference in one House of Delegates race, and that one vote means a change in the balance of power in the chamber, pending certification by a three-judge panel… Also, Charlottesville honors Heather Heyer, killed during a peaceful counter-protest on August 12th….

WMRA Daily 12/19/17

Dec 19, 2017

Charlottesville’s Police Chief resigns after less than two years on the job, and less than a month after a report harshly criticized his leadership after a violent summer in Charlottesville… Also, outgoing Governor McAuliffe releases his final budget proposal… as election officials comb through a handful of results with control over the House of Delegates hanging in the balance….

Looking for stocking stuffers for the local beer drinker in your life?  The one-year-old Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, a route of 14 craft breweries in the region, recently launched a passport program, making it even easier for beer fans to sink local suds over the holidays. WMRA's Jessie Knadler has the details.

WMRA Daily 12/18/17

Dec 18, 2017

One of the marchers with a white supremacist rally on August 12th who punched counter-protesters is going to jail…  Gov. McAuliffe leaves office with a record budget surplus for Virginia… And yet, more people are moving out of Virginia than moving in….

WMRA Daily 12/15/17

Dec 15, 2017

The charge against the man accused of killing Heather Heyer has been upgraded to first-degree murder… As members of Congress debate mandating sexual harassment training for themselves, some experts question the effectiveness of such training… and, in part 2 of our report on conditions at a detention facility near Staunton, we look at how unaccompanied immigrant children there are coping….

Around 30 unaccompanied immigrant children are being held at a juvenile detention center near Staunton.  In Part Two of our report, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler takes a look at how these undocumented youth cope with confinement and trauma.

WMRA Daily 12/14/17

Dec 14, 2017

Anti-pipeline activists try to make sense of recent rulings by state regulators… the alleged killer of Heather Heyer is in court today for a preliminary hearing for second-degree murder… and, a lawsuit cites inhumane conditions for refugee children detained at a facility near Stanton….

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