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Devils Backbone, the eight year old craft brewery headquartered in Nelson County, was recently bought for an undisclosed sum by global beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev. Now, some Virginia fans of the scruffy indie brand are questioning whether the label has sold out. Jessie Knadler sat down with CEO Steve Crandall to find out what’s in store for the Virginia brewery.

Music Feeds Us

May 11, 2016
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What’s for dinner?  Most of us look in the fridge, the freezer, and go from there.  But for many in our area, deciding what to eat is a daily struggle.   Violist Fitz Gary is among those using music to help, as WMRA’s Kimberlea Daggy reports.

Children as Prey

May 9, 2016
Nashville designer Merry Eccles

The News Leader in Staunton spent six months investigating the scope of child sexual abuse in Virginia, for an in-depth report into the problem.  It's called Prey: Sexual Predators are Hunting Our Children.  Bob Leweke spoke with the lead reporter on the series, Brad Zinn.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Sefe Emokpae has the details of this year's IMPACT Charlottesville meeting.... Brit Moorer brings us the scene and the sounds of the Music Resource Center musicians taking their music outside to drivers stuck in traffic, sessions that are appropriately called "Traffic Jams".... and Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman takes a deep look at parole in Virginia, and how it might be reformed.

Brit Moorer

The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville is bringing the music outside… to the streets.  Students play for drivers stuck in traffic right in front of their building, hoping to get people interested in what’s going on inside.  It’s part of an all new concert series called ‘Traffic Jam.’  WMRA’S Brit Moorer reports.

More than 1000 people from 27 congregations came together Tuesday for the 10th annual Nehemiah Action Assembly hosted by IMPACT. Each year the group chooses a social issue affecting the greater Charlottesville community and devises an action plan to tackle the problem. As WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, this year’s focus was on drug and alcohol abuse recovery in women and care for the elderly.

5/6 - 2:10pm Thursday Update: Virginia State Police have reported that the child was safely recovered this afternoon. 

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5/5 - Early Wednesday evening, State Police issued an AMBER ALERT for a missing Spotsylvania child.

Scholars from all over the world convened at James Madison University in Harrisonburg this week to discuss how we as a species can continue to survive in an increasingly troubled world. And it all boils down to our core beliefs. WMRA's Jessie Knadler headed to JMU to find out more about the science behind values and beliefs and how they dictate the sort of world we live in.

Poor for a Day

Apr 27, 2016

This past Saturday, a few Charlottesville residents had an opportunity to experience the struggles their poorer neighbors go through on a daily basis. WMRA's Jordy Yager met them at the Charlottesville High School to capture the experience of going through Piedmont CASA's Poverty Simulation and has this report.

There are 80 million feral cats in the United States, according to some estimates, and the question of how best to curb over population on the local level has been a real issue in Rockbridge County. Cat advocates are alarmed by the high rate of euthanasia at the County shelter, arguing for a more humane approach. WMRA reporter Jessie Knadler heads to Buena Vista, ground zero of the cat controversy, to find out more about this new approach and whether it actually works. 

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