WMRA Daily 3/16/18

Mar 16, 2018

A poll of Virginia teachers finds strong opposition to arming school staff…  State election officials are working on better instructions for voters to avoid the kind of problems that happened last November…  And, thanks to a state grant, a new welding school in Buena Vista is helping to close a critical shortage of skilled welders across the country….

Jessie Knadler

A new welding school in Buena Vista has been awarded $200,000 from the state. The grant will allow the school to help close a critical shortage of skilled welders across the country. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler heads to Buena Vista to take a look at the new wave of welders who will fill a growing need for skilled tradesmen in the future.

Rockbridge County High was one of thousands of schools across the country where students walked out of their classrooms to honor victims of the Parkland massacre yesterday.  WMRA's Jessie Knadler filed this report.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Yesterday, students at UVa participated in the nationwide walkout to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting and propose gun control measures. WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente was there.

WMRA Daily 3/15/18

Mar 15, 2018

High school, and some college, students around Virginia walk out to protest gun violence on Wednesday… For the time being, if you live in Harrisonburg and you want your household recyclables taken care of, you’ll have to haul them in yourself – the city isn’t doing it for you… And, the United Way in Harrisonburg fosters a community conversation about those just above the poverty level….

Jesse Huxman

The United Way has started discussions with local nonprofits and others to come up with solutions to help those in the Harrisonburg area struggling to make ends meet. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

WMRA Daily 3/14/18

Mar 14, 2018

Governor Northam sets April 11th for the General Assembly to return to session and settle on a budget… a former State Department official sues right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over attacks stemming from the violence of August 12th in Charlottesville… and, is the small city of Buena Vista poised for a comeback?

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This week on Wednesday, one month after a shooter killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies are slated to walk out of school to demand that Congress pass legislation to address gun violence. A number of schools in the area are recognizing that walkout and call – in their own ways, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 3/13/18

Mar 13, 2018

Governor Northam gets to work on what the General Assembly has sent him so far, and he has a lot of decisions to make… U-V-A’s next president will start his job earlier than expected… and, we check in with local schools participating in Wednesday’s national school walkout, in their own way….

Calvin Pynn

The second annual International Women’s Day March in Harrisonburg took place Saturday.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

WMRA Daily 3/12/18

Mar 12, 2018

Marchers in Harrisonburg mark International Women’s Day… the General Assembly adjourns its regular session, and now the clock is ticking to agree on a budget before July 1st… One point of agreement – a new law that could actually raise your electric bill….

WMRA Daily 3/9/18

Mar 9, 2018

The General Assembly adjourns on Saturday, without agreement on a budget, with a wide gulf remaining over expansion of Medicaid… In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting, the House Speaker forms a committee on school safety, but no legislation until next year… And, what it means for six native tribes in Virginia, finally recognized by the federal government….

WMRA Daily 3/8/18

Mar 8, 2018

The lead organizer for last August’s violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is suing the city for not letting him do it again… Lawmakers get ready to leave Richmond, with the state’s budget and Medicaid expansion still unresolved… And, the state will soon require parents to strap their small children into rear-facing car seats….

WMRA Daily 3/7/18

Mar 7, 2018

Harrisonburg and Winchester’s daily newspapers are changing hands in a sale announced Tuesday…  The state Senate passes a bill against so-called “sanctuary cities”… And we have some guidelines for how to approach, and best help, panhandlers….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In January, after WMRA aired a report about panhandlers, many listeners wanted to know more about the services available to them, and about the best way to respond or help. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz took those questions to some of the people working on the front lines.

WMRA Daily 3/6/18

Mar 6, 2018

Charges are dropped against a Charlottesville woman for confronting the Ku Klux Klan during their rally on July 8th… while Congress fiddles on DACA, Virginia state legislators are also refusing to act on the Dreamers’ access to in-state tuition… and, we follow the production of biomedical inventions, from idea to the marketplace, and how UVa helps the whole process along….

Peter Jump

The CVille Biohub, a Charlottesville group organized to promote biotechnology companies, has counted more than 50 life sciences startups with more than 1800 employees in the city and surrounding counties. WMRA’s Peter Jump looks at some of the ingredients helping propel startups in Charlottesville to national prominence.

WMRA Daily 3/5/18

Mar 5, 2018

Tim Kaine is favored by Virginians to retain his Senate seat this year over any Republican challengers, and a majority strongly disapproves of President Trump, in a poll released Monday… The taint of Harvey Weinstein has reached the University of Virginia… and, Virginia Democrats are renaming their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner….

Courtesy City of Charlottesville

On Saturday, March 3, 'Liberation and Freedom Day,' organized by the University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville, marks 153 years since Union troops liberated the area. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

WMRA Daily 3/2/18

Mar 2, 2018

One Virginia Republican congressman says he’s not responsible for controversial Twitter activity… the Virginia General Assembly begins to wrap up work for its official session, as the state’s Supreme Court issues several rulings… And, this weekend the city of Charlottesville and UVa will mark the 153rd anniversary of Liberation Day in Charlottesville, when Union troops ended the war there….

WMRA Daily 3/1/18

Mar 1, 2018

Charlottesville suffers defeats in the wake of last August’s violence, including the failure of all the resulting bills the city advocated for in the General Assembly regarding guns and crowd control, and the city has been forced to remove the black shrouds covering two Jim Crow-era monuments… Meanwhile, a bill barring so-called “sanctuary cities” in Virginia advances….

Calvin Pynn

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was at the center of this month’s “Democracy in Peril” session Tuesday, Feb. 27 at James Madison University.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

WMRA Daily 2/28/18

Feb 28, 2018

A judge orders the tarps covering two Civil War statues in Charlottesville be removed, even as the city tries to get rid of the statues… a prominent local leader of the movement to protect the Dreamers discusses DACA, and what it’s meant for her, at JMU… and, even as West Virginia teachers continue their strike, Virginia’s lawmakers are still divided over a teacher pay raise….

WMRA Daily 2/27/18

Feb 27, 2018

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke fights a subpoena related to last August’s violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville… State lawmakers pass a big utility re-regulation bill that critics say could hike your electric bill in the future… And, Virginia’s distillers may get a break with a bill written by someone who also happens to own a distillery….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In the week before Christmas, the Harrisonburg Police Department sent out officers with cash, to play Secret Santa and spread holiday cheer one one-hundred dollar bill at a time. One recipient said that earlier in the day she had prayed for money – and we wanted to know how getting it has impacted her. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

What form of government might Charlottesville choose, if citizens could start from scratch?  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports on the second of two public sessions, held Sunday (Feb. 25) and sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Charlottesville Tomorrow.

WMRA Daily 2/26/18

Feb 26, 2018

Charlottesville residents explore how a different form of government might work – reverting to being a town instead of a city, creating a ward system, that sort of thing – in the second of two public sessions… A utility regulation bill that could soon affect your electric bill continues to make progress in the General Assembly… As does another measure to keep schools from shaming students if they can’t pay for lunch…

WMRA Daily 2/23/18

Feb 23, 2018

The General Assembly votes down one option for improving Interstate 81… Meanwhile, both chambers must agree on budget numbers, but they’re still half a billion dollars apart… And Medicaid expansion is still uncertain….

WMRA Daily 2/22/18

Feb 22, 2018

UVa says hundreds of patients’ medical records were hacked in 2015 and 2016… Lawmakers in Richmond are trying to balance the books, but the numbers aren’t adding up, not yet… And, just when you think you’ve gotten used to stink bugs, there’s a new invasive insect species in town….

WMRA Daily 2/21/18

Feb 21, 2018

Police charge a 13-year-old boy in Harrisonburg with making threats to two city middle schools, one day after a similar incident in Norfolk, one week after the Parkland, Florida mass shooting… In the General Assembly, utility rates, tax law and menstrual equity are debated… And, a new study raises the alarm about road salt used in the winter….