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Leading up to Election Day next Tuesday, this week we’re talking with all three candidates for governor.  We continue that today with Cliff Hyra, the Libertarian nominee, who recently joined Bob Leweke in our studio in Harrisonburg.

WMRA Daily 11/1/17

Nov 1, 2017

Virginia’s crime commission reports that black males are particularly targeted for marijuana-related arrests – is it time to change the law?… Governor Terry McAuliffe convenes a panel to explore how low-income communities in Virginia bear the brunt of climate change…. and, we begin our conversations with the candidates for governor, with Bob Leweke's interview with Dr. Ralph Northam….

Our coverage of elections in Virginia continues with Bob Leweke's interviews with all three candidates for governor.  We begin with Dr. Ralph Northam, the current lieutenant governor, and the Democratic nominee for governor.

Zaakir Tameez

Over the summer, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an Executive Directive setting up a Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force. Its goal: get millennials more engaged throughout the Commonwealth. The Task Force held a summit last Friday in Richmond, and WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked to one of the participants.

WMRA Daily 10/31/17

Oct 31, 2017

A new poll shows the biggest lead yet for Democrat Ralph Northam in the governor’s race… after Monday’s crime commission report, one prominent Republican lawmaker says it’s time to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana… and, we have the final installment in our series of House of Delegates races profiles….

All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for grabs in this election. Will voters in the predominately rural 20th and 24th House Districts double down on Trumpism or reject his policies?  WMRA's Jessie Knadler takes a look at what’s happening in the House races there.

WMRA Daily 10/30/17

Oct 30, 2017

Will Virginia be the next state to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana?... thousands of children and pregnant women are on the verge of losing health coverage in Virginia… and, a federal court could re-define search and seizure laws regarding cellphones and other electronic devices at airports….

WMRA Daily 10/27/17

Oct 27, 2017

Virginia’s first commercial wind farm gets another delay, says the company that’s been wanting to build it for two years now… the Wildlife Center of Virginia has now treated 43 bald eagles, many of them with lead in their system from bullets (note to hunters – there are alternatives to lead bullets out there)… and politics – we survey the 58th House District near Charlottesville, take a look at the latest polls, and see what our representatives are up to….

Bell and Squire campaigns

While Virginia overall favored Hillary Clinton by five points in last year’s election, voters in the 58th Virginia House District favored Donald Trump by almost 20 points.  Republican Rob Bell is running for his ninth consecutive term in the district, which includes parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Rockingham, and Greene Counties. In most of his races, Bell’s won with comfortable majorities. In fact, most years, he’s run unopposed. But not this year. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the next installment in our series of candidate profiles.

Six Charlottesville city council candidates gave their final pitches to voters on Wednesday night at the African American Heritage Center in preparation for Election Day on November 7th. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 10/26/17

Oct 26, 2017

Get ready to pay more for a pass to Shenandoah National Park, visitor fees may be going up next year… and it’s time to take a look at the candidates, with a survey of candidates for Charlottesville City Council, and competitive races for the House of Delegates in districts covering Harrisonburg and the central Shenandoah Valley… we’ll have profiles….

Images courtesy of candidates’ Facebook account

On Tuesday, November 7, when voters in Virginia House of Delegates districts 25 and 26 head to the polls they will have choices. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz spoke with both Republican incumbents and both Democrat challengers, and has these profiles of each.

Jordy Yager

The Slave Dwelling Project recently held its largest ever event at the University of Virginia to commemorate the hundreds of enslaved men, women and children who built and ran the school in the 19th century. Nearly three dozen panels saw more than 100 speakers over the three days. But at the center was an outdoor sleepover in near freezing temperatures, where the enslaved would have slept.

WMRA Daily 10/25/17

Oct 25, 2017

Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte says he wants to know more about the Justice Department’s role during last year’s election… JMU says it may have an outbreak of viral meningitis on its hands (that’s a lot less serious than the bacterial version)… and, we spend a cold night outside with the slave-dwelling project in Charlottesville….

Courtesy of the Miller Center

In an event organized by the University of Virginia and the Miller Center, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, himself the son of a World War II refugee, reflected on the reasons of the white supremacist violence in August and in the nation. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

WMRA Daily 10/24/17

Oct 24, 2017

A look at the strategy behind this year’s House of Delegates races… a new Canadian-style approach to treating opioid addiction… and, a college collaboration to open up access to STEM programs, reaching all the way back into grade school….

Marguerite Gallorini

Increasingly, Virginia schools are getting financial support to seek a more diverse population in STEM programs -- that's science, technology, engineering and math. In Charlottesville, grants are funding a partnership between Piedmont Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia and Buford Middle School to make that dream come true. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this report.

Marguerite Gallorini

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam met with Charlottesville residents on Sunday.  Northam is the Democratic candidate for governor.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked with him.

WMRA Daily 10/23/17

Oct 23, 2017

The Democratic candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, visited Charlottesville over the weekend… and, more than two months after the events of August 12th, other cities in Virginia move to regulate demonstrations to avoid the violence that happened in Charlottesville….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager has the details of a proposed mental health docket in Charlottesville.  Marguerite Gallorini will take us on a tour of a small, private school creating an alternative for disabled students, a group with higher suspension rates in the public schools.  Jessie Knadler has the latest in the struggle by Valley poultry workers to organize, and we’ve even got a couple stories of different people, from different places, and different cultures, coming together through music.

WMRA Daily 10/20/17

Oct 20, 2017

Former President Obama campaigns in Virginia for Ralph Northam… State health officials plan for the worst, just in case, while still protecting the public from things like the flu… and, we have a look at an alternative model of education for disabled students….

Marguerite Gallorini

Children with disabilities are some of the most frequently suspended students in public schools, according to a recent report. What does that mean for the future of special education? More and more attention is given to alternative education programs. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini visits a special kind of school in Charlottesville.

Marguerite Gallorini

The University of Virginia and its Commission on Slavery teamed up with the Slave Dwelling Project to organize a symposium called “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory and the Built Landscape.” This four-day conference will end with a field trip to Montpelier, Monticello and Highland on Saturday. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was at the opening reception Wednesday [October 18] and filed this report.

WMRA Daily 10/19/17

Oct 19, 2017

Black and disabled students are suspended at least three times as often as other students in Virginia, according to a new report… a new symposium at UVa explores the role of slaves in constructing the university and other prominent structures… and, Charlottesville may soon get a new docket for people with mental health issues who also run afoul of the law….

Jordy Yager

Later this year Charlottesville may add a new docket to its court system, specially geared towards people who may have mental health issues that factored into their running afoul of the law. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

WMRA Daily 10/18/17

Oct 18, 2017

A former youth softball coach who has worked around the region for decades is in custody on charges of sexual crimes against children… a look at the possible Trump effect on Virginia’s elections in November… and, UVa puts Thomas Jefferson’s legal reading list online….

WMRA Daily 10/17/17

Oct 17, 2017

Recent drought conditions may actually be good for Virginia’s farmers… the governor’s race tightens, according to the latest poll… and, in a probably unrelated note, Virginia’s liquor sales are up….

Dillon Broadwell

Last week James Madison University hosted ESPN’s College GameDay before the Dukes' home football game against Villanova. WMRA's Dillon Broadwell was there for the fun.

David Kreider

In their ongoing effort to unionize, aggrieved poultry workers in Rockingham County rallied again this month, this time outside the Cargill plant in Dayton. They claim the company willfully violates its own Code of Conduct, as WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

WMRA Daily 10/16/17

Oct 16, 2017

Poultry workers in Rockingham rally for the right to organize… ESPN’s GameDay has left town, but JMU is once again basking in the afterglow of national exposure… and, current and former vice presidents visit Virginia to campaign for their parties’ respective candidates for governor....

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