Dr. Wornie Reed

After the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last month, many people in the Shenandoah Valley, an area rich in Civil War history, are asking, what now? WMRA’s Jessie Knadler takes a look at unfolding discussions about race across the region.


In May [2017], Harrisonburg’s Cesar Lara Rios was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and appeared to be set for deportation to Mexico. But his attorney made one more attempt to prevent that from happening, and over the weekend learned of the rare outcome, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/12/17

Sep 12, 2017

A new report from UVa says campus police failed to enforce fire bans on university grounds during a torchlit white supremacist rally last month… Harrisonburg’s Cesar Lara Rios gets more time to make his case to stay in the U.S.… and, Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly weighs in on the question of race, and monuments, in Charlottesville and elsewhere….

In Harrisonburg, City Council may soon decide whether to accept a new proposal to provide animal sheltering services for the city, with lower euthanasia rates promised, and for about $50,000 less than the contract the city has with the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA.  But what might Rockingham County do if the city decides to switch shelter services?  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

A new project at UVa's law school aims to improve the criminal justice system, based on a thorough study of criminal justice data. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talked to Professor Brandon Garrett, a member of the project’s leadership team.

WMRA Daily 9/11/17

Sep 11, 2017

The Charlottesville area SPCA rescues animals from Houston, and some of them should be available for adoption today…. Meanwhile, in Harrisonburg, the city may decide to switch animal shelter services away from the local SPCA, but it they do, what would the county do?... and, a new project at UVa's law school aims to improve the criminal justice system….

Calvin Pynn

Fans of the Rocky Horror Picture Show can see a revival of the original stage show in Staunton this weekend.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

At yesterday's Facuty Senate meeting, UVa President Teresa Sullivan presented the actions the university has taken since the events of August 11 and 12. She was accompanied by Risa Goluboff, Dean of the School of Law and chair of a UVa working group of deans and community members to assess the University's response to the events. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 9/8/17

Sep 8, 2017

A major health insurer in Virginia says it’s pulling out of the subsidized market created by the Affordable Care Act… UVa’s President Sullivan assesses the university’s response to the violent rallies of August… and, a look at the prospects for farming hemp in Virginia, one JMU professor is working on that….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Growing and processing hemp is against the law in the United States. But 6th District Representative Bob Goodlatte wants to see industrial hemp become a legal crop for farmers, and a JMU professor is developing that potential option. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/7/17

Sep 7, 2017

Trump says he was worried about a potential lawsuit by states over maintaining the DACA policy.... Now he’s got one from fifteen states, including Virginia, over his decision to scrap it… A big, free unity concert in Charlottesville is announced… and, we tour a new maker space in Lexington…

Faith E. Pinho

A new community center in Lexington is welcoming all self-described hobbyists, tinkerers and creators to come together and make.  WMRA’s Faith Pinho has this story on the Lexington Collaboratory and Makerspace.

The Charlottesville Pride Festival is September 16, but a week of events leading up to the festival begin this Saturday (Sept. 9). WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked with the leader of the organization behind the festival.

Jordy Yager

Charlottesville City Council last night moved forward with plans to remove the city’s Stonewall Jackson statue, but not before catching an earful from a crowd, angry, not just about the white supremacist rally on August 12, but about something deeper. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 9/6/17

Sep 6, 2017

Charlottesville residents and activists express anger not just over last month’s violence, but ongoing conditions for the city’s poor, as Council votes to remove another Confederate statue… Virginia’s economy will take a big hit as DACA is rescinded… and, local photographer Howard Zehr revisits prisoners doing life…