New Rink Draws Kids From Near and Far
11:23 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Skating Away in Natural Bridge

Skate-clad feet on the rink at Stonebridge Skate Center in Natural Bridge Station.
Jessie Knadler

Been roller skating lately?

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Homelessness in Virginia: Part 4
11:23 am
Wed April 1, 2015

An Uphill Struggle to "Get Off These Streets"

Joseph Culver is 30. He's been homeless on and off since he was 21, and on the streets for almost three years.
Credit Kara Lofton

WMRA’s Kara Lofton met Joseph Culver in a common room at a day shelter in Charlottesville called The Haven.

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What's Wrong With the Orchardgrass?
11:18 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Why Is This Grass So Important?

Orchardgrass is valued for its nutritious and palatable hay, and has been a major crop in Virginia for decades.
Andrew Jenner

You maybe haven't heard of orchardgrass, but it's an important feed grass for livestock in Virginia, and has been a major crop here for decades.

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Second Look
12:41 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Reclaiming the Night Sky.... Tech "Meetups".... Fracking Denied

WMRA's Matt Bingay sat down with JMU professor Paul Bogard earlier this week to talk about our modern day problems with light pollution and the solutions our communities might embrace....

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3:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Big Picture Science - Thursdays at 3pm

As Virginia Insight continues it's hiatus, WMRA is debuting a new program Thursdays at 3pm.  Big Picture Science is here until Virginia Insight's return.

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Fracking Delayed is Fracking Denied
11:41 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Rockingham County Votes Down Long-Tabled Fracking Application

Rockingham County Supervisor Pablo Cuevas looks west out the window of his living room in Broadway, toward the ridges that surround Bergton.
Andrew Jenner

The edge of the Marcellus shale formation, a lucrative source of natural gas from fracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, extends into the very western edge of Virginia.

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4th Annual "Walk for Hope"
11:05 am
Thu March 26, 2015

A Community Gathering to Prevent Depression and Suicide

Randy Hook is the director of counseling at Bridgewater College.
Credit Kara Lofton

On Saturday, community members and students from all four colleges in the Harrisonburg area will gather in Bridgewater to participate in the fourth annual Walk for Hope.

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Homelessness in Virginia: Part 3
10:53 am
Wed March 25, 2015

A Community Conversation About Hunger and Homelessness

The Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority works with shelters in Harrisonburg and helps fund building projects through government grants.
Kara Lofton

Is there Hope for Hunger and Homelessness in Harrisonburg? City councilman Kai Degner certainly thinks so.

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Heifetz On Tour
1:35 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Heifetz Stars Return to Perform in the Valley

(l-r) Pianist Carlos Avila, violinist Yezu Woo, and cellist Zlatomir Fung in the WMRA studio
Matt Bingay
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3:07 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Where Technology Actually Puts People Face to Face

Tamara Funk is a co-organizer for a Meetup called Open Source Staunton
Kara Lofton

There's a relatively new way for people to meet face-to-face, and these Meetups are fostered online and are beginning to crop up all over Central and Western Virginia.

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